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Europe - Spain - Mas d'Is field school of archaeology - 2013

Europe - Spain - Mas d'Is field school of archaeology - 2013

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
2013-06-14
Start Date 2013-07-14
End Date 2013-08-24

Multiple Sessions
Multiple Session information

FIRST SESSION: July 14, 2013 (Sunday) to July 27, 2013 (Saturday)
Number of desired volunteers 5
SECOND SESSION: July 28, 2013 (Sunday) to August 10, 2013 (Saturday)
Number of desired volunteers 5
THIRD SESSION: August 12, 2013 (Sunday) to August 24, 2013 (Saturday)


Archaeology Field School Location

Penàguila (Alacant, Spain)

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

University of Valencia



Archaeology Field School Tuition

1500 $ US


Archaeology Field School Room and Board

All included


Archaeology Field School Travel
Included from the meeting point to the site and back
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Since the 80s, archaeologists have been uncovering artifacts at the valleys of Alcoià-El Comtat, an isolated, ten-mile long valley that rises dramatically from near sea level to over 1000 m.a.s.l. This area contains evidence of the important transition that occurred as their prehistoric inhabitants began to cultivate plants and to herd animals.
Participants will assist Professors Joan Bernabeu, Teresa Orozco and Agustín Diez of the University of Valencia, to excavate a Neolithic village at the site of Mas D'Is. This research will help understand the cultural interaction between hunter-gatherers and farmers arriving from the "far East" to Mediterranean Spain. One day trip to some of the more important Neolithic sites in the area and some very important rock art sites like La Sarga and Petracos will be include.

Archaeology Field School Description


Since the 80s, archaeologists have been uncovering the remote past at the valleys of Alcoià-El Comtat, an isolated, ten-mile long valley that rises dramatically from near sea level to over 1000 m.a.s.l. This area contains evidence of the important transition that occurred as their prehistoric inhabitants began to cultivate plants and to herd animals. Among the almost 200 sites recorded dating back to Neolithic times, the most remarkable is the Mas d'Is. Mas d'Is has the oldest evidence of agriculture in the Iberian peninsula and complex structures.
Participants will assist Professors Joan Bernabeu, Teresa Orozco and Agustín Diez of the University of Valencia, to excavate a Neolithic village at the site of Mas D'Is. This research will help understand the cultural interaction between hunter-gatherers and farmers arriving from the "far East" to Mediterranean Spain. One day trip to some of the more important Neolithic sites in the area and some very important rock art sites like La Sarga and Petracos will be include

DUTIES
Participants will assist Project staff under the direction of prof. Joan Bernabeu to dig Neolithic layers containing house pits, hearths and other kind of structures at the site of Mas D'Is. They will help analyze and catalog artifacts as well as photograph and map the site with technologies such as Total Station, 3D Scanners and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applied to archaeological fieldwork.

As a Participant you will share in the costs of the field and research expenses as well as the overall costs of planning and implementation. During the dates of your expedition:

Your contribution will include:

Meals and shared lodging
Ground transportation
Field gear
Research equipment and supplies
Information on field techniques, recommended reading, project area and conditions and a list of things to bring.

Your contribution does NOT include:

Air fare or travel costs to the assembly point
Visa, passports, inoculations
Medical treatment or emergency evacuation expenses
Alcoholic beverages and other personal expenses

Some of these details may vary from expedition to expedition, but we will let you know of any changes well before you leave.

Special Information for Teachers and Students:
Students
eachers
One of ours goals is to improve the quality of science education for today's students, our next generation of scientists, voters, policy makers and environmentalists.
A limited number of scholarships are available for participation in the Mas D'Is Field School of Archaeology. Teachers of grades K-12 who teach at least one course in Humanities will be given priority in selection. Contact us for a supplemental scholarship application. Teacher scholarship application deadline is May 15, 2013. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a space available basis.

Students
We offer a limited number of partial scholarships to students participating in our expeditions. Contact us for the special student scholarship application form. Student application deadline for scholarships is May 15, 2013. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a space available basis.

Other:

Dates, costs and other details included in this web page are based on information available as of April 2013. See more details in Application Section of this web page!

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Prehistoric


Time Period

Neolithic throughout Bronze Age times


Field School Setting/Conditions

Mas d'Is is locate in the valley of Penàguila a nice rural area at the feet of Sierra d'Aitana. The main city, Alcoi, is only 10 kms away from the site. Alcoi is an industrial city of more than 60,000 inhabitants counting with all kind of resources from a major hospital to a shopping mall.


How is the project area accessed each day

To arrive to the site, there is a little driving trip (10 minutes or less) and a little walking trip (10 minutes) upslope.


What is the daily schedule for the field school

7 to 13 hours in the site. And from 17 to 18 in the lab.


Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
15

Directors and Instructors

Prof. Joan Bernabeu, Prof. Teresa Orozco and Agustín Diez-Castillo PhD


Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Students can learn how to record archaeological information both in digital form and paperwork.
How to use a total station.
How to apply Geographic Information Systems to manage an archaeological excavation.


On rain days will there be lab work?

On the rare rain days there will be lab work.


Will there be additional organized activities?

PLANNED TRIPS
Dates:
TBA
We are going to visit the Archaeological Museum of Alcoi where some of the most importants collections of local Neolithic sites are curated. In the museum is also kept one of the most beatiful representations of the Mediterranean Mother Goddess.

Iberian religion have one of its most prominent representations in this Mother Goddess at La Serreta (Alcoi, Alacant) sanctuary where terracota offerings, like the one in the picture, where deposited

Another field trip to some of the nearby rock paintings, like La Sarga and Petracos Cave.



Is travel restriced during free time?

In your free time, there are no restrictions to travel.



Other resources students will find useful

http://www.uv.es/amapa/masdis/
http://scholar.google.es/scholar?hl=en&q=%22mas+d%27is%22+bernabeu&btnG=&as_sdt=1%2C5&as_sdtp=

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website: http://www.uv.es/amapa/masdis

Field School Contact Information



Agustín Diez Castillo
Departament de Prehistòria i Arqueologia
Universitat de València
Avda. Blasco Ibañez, 28
Valencia 46010
SPAIN



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