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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Spain - Iron Age Necropolis and City Walls of Pintia - 2012

Europe - Spain - Iron Age Necropolis and City Walls of Pintia - 2012

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2012-06-01
End Date 2012-08-30

Multiple Sessions yes
Multiple Session information June 1-25, July 9-31, August 7-30
Archaeology Field School Location
Padilla de Duero, Valladolid, Spain

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution
University of Valladolid

Archaeology Field School Tuition
US/Canada: $2,450 per session Rest of the world: €1,690 per session
Archaeology Field School Room and Board
Dormitory-style room with shared facilities. All meals included.
Archaeology Field School Travel

Archaeology Field School Description

The excavation at Pintia focuses on the Vaccean necropolis and city walls. The Vaccean culture was an Iron Age people with Celtic links that settled in north-central Spain around the 5th century BC. The cemetery, located about 300 meters (984 feet) from the main settlement, was used between the 4th century BC and the 1st century.

Since 2004, archaeologists have uncovered about 200 cremation tombs, including warriors, women and children. Research in this area and the study of the war-related and culturally related artifacts are helping investigators understand the social organization of these pre-Roman peoples.

Last year marked the beginning of new research at Pintia: the excavation of its defensive wall, 1 kilometer long and 7 meters wide (see photo below). Remains measure around 1.3 meters high, but we estimate that the original reached 6 meters. We uncovered one of the towers, and it's diameter was 10 meters. The moat and trenches surrounding the wall are providing a lot of organic material, which means we will be using different excavation techniques than those used in the necropolis.

This summer the plan is to continue in the necropolis in June and July, and in August we will include work at the city wall/moat and possibly at a Vaccean sanctuary.

Participants are expected to contribute to all aspects of the project, including excavation, mapping, and 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.

The group will also 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.

In cooperation with students' universities, academic credit can be obtained.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Time Period
Iron Age, Roman
Field School Setting/Conditions
The site is a five-minute walk from the village in which we are staying. The village is a short drive to the nearest town.

What is the daily schedule for the field school
Work week is Wednesday to Sunday, with excursions on Monday and Tuesday. Field work in the morning and lab work/seminars in the afternoon.
Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
Is there a professional certification for this field school
Directors and Instructors
Dr. Carlos Sanz has been performing extensive research at the site of Pintia for more than 25 years. A professor of Archaeology at the University of Valladolid, he founded the Federico Wattenberg Center for Vaccean Studies which oversees all the research work at Pintia.

Cristina Gorriz was named co-director of the Pintia excavation in 2006 after working on the site since 2002. She holds a History degree from the University of Valladolid, and now Cristina is preparing her doctoral thesis on the Pintia necropolis.

Roberto de Pablo is another site co-director, after having worked at Pintia since 2005. When not at Pintia, Roberto works as a researcher at the University of Valladolid and is preparing his Ph.D. on pre-Roman weaponry of the central peninsular region. Recently he has been doing doctoral research at Oxford University.

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn
Fieldwork techniques Lab work, processing artifacts and cremation tomb grave goods drawing and mapping
On rain days will there be lab work?
Will there be additional organized activities?
Yes, we will visit several historical sites and towns in the region.
Will there be additional organized activities?
*The Vacceans and Pintia
*The Archaeology of Death
*Artifacts and the Archaeological Record at Pintia
*Archaeological Drawing
*NEW: Osteology in Archaeology, a day-long theoretical and practical course in human and animal bone studies by three professors at the Valladolid University Medical School.
*NEW: Vaccean Pottery Workshop, during which we will look at the ancient pottery and produce our own replicas.

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