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Europe - Spain - Roman Fortress Pulpon Field School in the center of Spain - 2016

Europe - Spain - Roman Fortress Pulpon Field School in the center of Spain - 2016

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2016-08-01
End Date 2016-08-19

Archaeology Field School Location

Carrascosa del Campo, Cuenca, Spain

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

1,550 USD

Archaeology Field School Travel
Do not include airfare
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Program Fees Include:

Full Room and Board
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Excursions and other activities
Transportation to and from airport on first and last days of program
Daily transport to the site
Medical Insurance
Application fee
Administrative costs
Certificate of 120h of practice
Your fee will go toward the research project.

Archaeology Field School Description

At the Roman Fortress Pulpon you will have a complete immersion in the archaeological process. You will be aware of the laws, regulations and protocols needed before starting digging. We will tell you about the different methods in surveying: using maps, bibliography, local history, aerial and satellite photography and of course, field walking using a GPS.

You will be learning the methods and techniques of an archaeological excavation, using tools, of course, but also working with stratigraphy, using record sheets and writing down an excavation diary. Collecting, cleaning and classifying different artifacts will be part of your daily work as well as drawing structures and archaeological materials. You will be introduced in the study of roman pottery and will find out how to get from inventories and storage in a museum to exhibitions.

The Roman Fortress Pulpon (Cerro de la Muela) Field School offers a hands-on experience in excavation and laboratory at a Roman archaeological site. It is a most interesting Roman military settlement placed between the Roman cities of Segóbriga and Ercávica.

The highlight of the site is a quadrangular building of unknown function that could have served as a military garrison, as a horreum or as a place where to transform lapis specularis, the first crystal known to be used in windows (Plinius. Nat. Hist. XXXVI, 161), which brought economic prosperity to the region in the time of Augustus.

n the _DSC0052archaeological seasons of 2014 and 2015 we found the existence of a 2nd and 3rd row of columns made with sandstone blocks on the east side. We dug in several interior rooms in which we discovered numerous coins and other bronze objects, hair bone needles, loom weights, iron nails, sickles and other iron tools and fragments of pottery and glass vessels.

Under the Roman layers we found remains of buildings from the Iron Age that add interest to the settlement. The goal for 2016 is to begin the excavation on the SW tower of the monumental building. This tower is the best preserved of the four and we expect it will bring excellent results to help us understand the function of the building.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Archaeology, historical

Time Period


Field School Setting/Conditions

Carrascosa is placed at 100 km from Madrid, joined by a highway. It takes an hour to get there. The village has a pharmacy and a Health Centre. There is a small hospital in the nearby village of Tarancón (25 km) and a general hospital in Cuenca (55 km), both available through highway.

How is the project area accessed each day

Excursions, transportation to and from airport on first and last days of program and daily transport to the site are included in the fees

What is the daily schedule for the field school

7:00 Breakfast
7:15 Move to the site
7:30 Fieldwork
10:30-11:00 break and snack
13:30 swimming pool.
14:30 Lunch
18:00 to 20:00 Lab
21:30 Dinner.
Weekends are dedicated to excursions

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


Directors and Instructors

Dionisio Urbina
Doctor in Geography and History from the University Complutense of Madrid. He has been a professional archaeologist since 1990 and has directed over fifty archaeological excavations: Medieval, Late Antique, Roman, Iron and Bronze Age. Specialist in the Roman world and the Second Iron Age in the center of the Iberian Peninsula,

Catalina Uquijo
BA in Geography and History from the University Complutense of Madrid. She has been a professional archaeologist for over 20 years, has directed more than twenty archaeological excavations, from Bronze Age to Medieval times.

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Excavation program:
-The correct way to use tools.
-Learning the use of technical tools.
-Excavations techniques and methods.
-Collection of samples for laboratory.
-Stratigraphy, contexts and phases.
-The Law of superposition and the Harris Matrix.

Documentation and Registration:
-Excavation journal.
-Context sheets.
-Plans/Section drawing.
-Artifacts recording and processing.
-Artifacts drawing and reconstruction.

-First aid for finds.
-Ceramic cleaning, and lime/salt extraction.
-Preventive conservation of ruins.

On rain days will there be lab work?

Yes, but we do not expect any rain in summer.

Will there be additional organized activities?

Guided visits to roman town of Segóbriga, lapis specularis roman mine, militar order of Santiago headquarters in Uclés, and surface archaeological prospection.

Will there be additional organized activities?

Yes: Roman ceramics.

Is travel restriced during free time?


Other resources students will find useful

Anthropological experiences with the old men in their underground cellars and communal meals at holidays.

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

Catalina Urquijo. +34 687 754 256 (Spain)
+1 866 932 0003 (US)
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