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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Spain - CEPOAT (Center for the Study of the Middle East and Late Antiquity) - 2016

Europe - Spain - CEPOAT (Center for the Study of the Middle East and Late Antiquity) - 2016

Multiple Session information

Roman Villa of Los Villaricos – Mula. (10th july to 24th july 2016)

Visigothic City of Begastri – Cehegín. (24th july to 7th august 2016)

Iberian Necropolis and town of Coimbra del Barranco Ancho – Jumilla (21th august to 4th september 2016)

Exploration and study of subacuatical archaeology of Adentro Island – Mazarrón (4th to 18th september 2016)

Archaeology Field School Location

Saavedra Fajardo University Building
C / Actor Isidoro Máiquez 9
30007 – Murcia – Spain

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

University of Murcia

Academic Credit

Varies depending on the excavation.

Archaeology Field School Tuition

Varies depending on the excavation (prices include accomodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, health insurance, administrative costs, seminars. TRAVELING COSTS ARE NOT INCLUDED):
-Roman Villa of Los Villaricos: 250 euros.
-Visigothic City of Begastri: 200 euros.
-Iberian Necropolis of Coimbra del Barranco Ancho: 400 euros.
-Subacuatical archaeology in Adentro Island: 1000 euros.

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Varies depending on the excavation. Full information is provided in the webpage of our institution.

Archaeology Field School Travel

Archaeology Field School Description

The CEPOAT is an investigation and studies center of the University of Murcia, previously known as the Institute of Ancient Near East Studies (IPOA). Our work centers its development on the field of Orientalism, from teaching, researching, making science and creating archaeological activity.

As IPOA, it began in 1989 under the LRU, but the new legal requirements (LOU) made it necessary to rename the institution, so by 2011, the Center for the Study of the Middle East and Late Antiquity was born. Our teaching and research areas are the Ancient Near/Middle East, Ancient Egypt, the Classical World and the Late Antiquity.

· The research in our center of studies is done through field activities and a major diversity of projects, whereas the teaching part is done through our virtual classroom (Moodle style), were we impart a large variety of Ancient History and Archaeology online courses. Presential courses take place at our Center of Studies.

· The existance of such a Center of Studies in the University of Murcia is justified by the nature of these studies: highly specialized and extremely complex, with very high demands on the linguistic and cultural aspects of History research.

CEPOAT objectives are:

1. To promote teaching on issues that focus the work of the Centre for Study: Ancient Near East, hot springs and Late Antiquity.

2. To promote research on issues that focus the work of the Centre of Studies: Ancient Near East, hot springs and Late Antiquity.

3. Perform publications and collaborate to the diffusion of knowledge, research, documentation and information concerning the Ancient Near East, hot springs and Late Antiquity.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Ancient Near East, Ancient Rome, Iberian period, Phoenician period, Late Antiquity.

Time Period

Ancient and Late Antiquity.

Field School Setting/Conditions

Students and professional team will all be hosted at a local hotel/rural house, and daily transportation from the acommodation place to the archaeological site will be provided and be included within the fees. Usually we use our cars or we rent a small bus to reach to the site.

How is the project area accessed each day

Access is provided by the professional team. Students will be together with the team at all times. Usually the chosen medium of transport is car or bus.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

During the year we work:
Opening hours:
Mornings from Monday to Friday: 9 am / 2 pm
Afternoons from Monday to Friday: 4 pm / 8 pm

August and early September we are closed due to archaeolgical activity (when the courses take place)

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
Is there a professional certification for this field school

Yes. We belong/operate within the University of Murcia, in Murcia, Spain.

Directors and Instructors

Dr. Rafael González Fernández (Professor of Ancient History at the University of Murcia. His main lines of research are the Byzantine world, the ancient Christianity and Latin epigraphy. He completed his doctoral thesis on The ideological structures of Emperor Justinian in the Codex Iustinianus.
He is the director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Late Antiquity – CEPOAT. He is also the director of the series: Antiquity and Christianity and Murciana Journal of Anthropology.)

Dr. José Antonio Molina Gómez (Professor of Ancient History at the University of Murcia. Its main lines of research are the Byzantine world, the ancient Christianity.
He is the director of the serie: Revista Murciana de Antropología.)

Dr. José Miguel García Cano (Associate professor of archeology at the University of Murcia. Director of the Museum of the University of Murcia. Dr. in Iberian archeology. His research has focused on the Iberian World with the thesis: The Iberian cemeteries in Murcia. A paradigmatic example. Coimbra del Barranco Ancho. Analytical study. He is the author of fifteen books and hundreds of scholarly articles on Iberian archeology, Greek pottery and museum.)

Dr. José Miguel Noguera Celdrán (BA of Arts (1989) and Dr. in Ancient History and Archaeology (1993) by the University of Murcia. Since May 2011 he is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Murcia. He is a member of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (since 2005) and the board of the National Museum of Underwater Archaeology in Cartagena. ARQUA (since 2008), scientific co-editor of the Corpus Signorum series Imperii Romani-Spain and member of the scientific committee meetings on Roman Sculpture in Hispania. He has participated in numerous research projects and currently co-directs the archaeological excavations in the Molinete (Cartagena).

Mr. Jose Javier Martínez García Graduate in Ancient History and Archaeology in the University of Murcia. Graduate in Anthropology in Catholic University of Murcia. Doctoral Course: Urban Life and urbanism in the Mediterranean area, Master in Science in GIS, Master in Applied Archaeology, Master Teacher Education and Master in Egyptology.
He has participated as Technical Director in several excavations of urgency and is currently involved in various international projects like Oxyrhynchus (Egypt) or Heracleópolis Magna (Egypt), Julia Valentia (Morocco) Modular Project and national project as Carteia, Baelo Claudia, Coimbra del Barrancho Ancho, Roman Bath of Fortuna, Villaricos, Begastri and Mazarrón Phoenician.)

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Ancient History and Archaeological research.

On rain days will there be lab work?


Will there be additional organized activities?


Will there be additional organized activities?

Yes, evenings. Weekends are free.

Is travel restriced during free time?


Other resources students will find useful

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

Gonzalo Matilla Séiquer
Saavedra Fajardo University Building
C / Actor Isidoro Máiquez 9
30007 – Murcia – Spain

Tel: 0034 868883890
Mobile: 0034 666125197

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