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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Spain - Iron Age Necropolis of Pintia

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2010-06-01
End Date 2010-08-31

Multiple Sessions yes
Multiple Session information

June 1-28; July 2-29; August 5-31

Archaeology Field School Location

Valladolid, Spain

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

University of Valladolid

Academic Credit

In collaboration with your university

Archaeology Field School Tuition

US/Canada: $2,350 per session Rest of the world: €1,590 per session

Archaeology Field School Room and Board


Archaeology Field School Travel
Airfare not included
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Price includes room and board, excursions, insurance, transportation to and from the airport, seminars, administrative costs.

Archaeology Field School Description

Those who join our international crews will excavate a cremation burial site that has produced hundreds of tombs to date. Up to 2004, archaeologists had uncovered about 70 cremation tombs. In 2005 the crew opened a new area and found the first eight of a series of 35 new burials in excellent condition – most of them belonging to warriors and featuring a bounty of war-related artifacts. Research in this area of the site is helping investigators understand better the social organization of these pre-Roman peoples. In 2007 and 2008 teams uncovered 50 cremation tombs, the majority belonging to warriors, women and children from between the 2nd and 1st centuries BC. Around 500 funerary artifacts were found, and of those 100 came from a single burial of two girls. Our most important find was Tomb #153 and its 115 grave goods, including some unique ceramic copies of jewelry. In 2009, Pintia crews excavated 44 tombs containing around 600 man-made artifacts. In one section around 100 giant limestone slabs (some weighing nearly a metric ton) covered the tombs, which protected them from subsequent farming and left the funerary jars and grave goods in excellent condition. The artifacts recovered included daggers, broaches, spear points, grills, knives, tongs, tweezers, shaving blades and necklaces. This coming summer the plan is to excavate an adjacent area in the necropolis, and there are tentative plans to break ground where the city walls once stood. Participants are expected to contribute to all aspects of the project, including excavation, mapping, photography, artifact conservation and cataloguing. In addition to the excavation and lab work, there will be a number of seminars and workshops related to the fieldwork. Do not worry if you do not speak Spanish because it is not a prerequisite to participate. Bilingual archaeologists will guide you during your stay. Those that sign up, though, will be immersed in the language daily and we hope that they will take advantage of the program to improve their spoken Spanish. The summer heat and the physical nature of the excavation will make the work demanding, so participants should be in reasonable physical condition and in good health. But hard work always reaps its benefits once an archaeologist relaxes and reflects on the day's excavation. With this mantra in place, the group will make time several times each week to experience Spain away from the shovels and picks, either by visiting a café bar or by touring several nearby Roman and Medieval sites of interest.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type


Time Period

Iron Age

Field School Setting/Conditions

Walking to the site takes around 10 minutes. The town is small and rural, although we usually drive to a nearby city each week to check email and buy any necessities.

How is the project area accessed each day

We either walk or take the van.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

Work Wednesday to Sunday, excursions on Monday and Tuesday. Fieldwork 7:30am to 1:30pm. Fieldwork and/or labwork 5:30 to 8:30pm

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


Directors and Instructors

Drs. Carlos Sanz and Fernando Romero, archaeologists Ana Isabel Garrido, Roberto de Pablo, Cristina Gorriz, Catie Moon.

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Excavation techniques Artifact conservation and restoration Iron Age history Archaeological drawing and surveying

On rain days will there be lab work?


Will there be additional organized activities?

Yes, we will visit nearby historical sites on off-days, plus a canoe trip.

Will there be additional organized activities?


Is travel restriced during free time?

Getting around without your own car is difficult.

Other resources students will find useful

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