SFU: Bioarchaeology Field School: Life and Death in Medieval Portugal 2020

Portugal, Europe Past Program Archaeology

Duration of Program:

February 28 - March 11: Mandatory Canvas Program

March 12: Pre-Departure Orientation

May 11 - May 29: ARCH 433 Lectures. Pre-departure orientation and workshops on SFU Burnaby Campus

May 31 - June 6: Study in Santarem  

June 6 - June 13: Study in Faro 

June 13 - July 12: Study in Manta Rota 

For a full itinerary, please click here

Dates are provided as a guideline and are subject to change. 

The Department of Archaeology is pleased to offer a field school focusing on the archaeology, history and culture of Southern Portugal. Students will be travelling to three locations for training, hands-on lab and field experience, and for visits to archaeologically, historically and culturally significant sites. The first and second weeks will be spent in the cities of Santarem and Faro, respectively, where students will attend lectures about the archaeology and history of the regions, attend labs to learn and practice various field and lab skills and techniques, as well as to familiarize themselves with various types of archaeological materials they will encounter. Students will then spend an additional four weeks excavating an archaeological cemetery in the old walled village of Cacela Velha, municipality of Vila Real de Santo Antonio. Here they will be involved in a series of practical activities such as archaeological survey, excavation of funerary and non-funerary contexts, field photography, drawing and recording, geo-mapping, interpretation of stratigraphy, exhumation, field and lab processing and conservation of human remains. While working at the site, students will be staying in the nearby beautiful beach town of Manta Rota.

This Field School consists of 9 SFU Units. 

ARCH 433-3: Background to Field Work. For a full course syllabus, please click here

While ARCH 372 is a pre-requisite to ARCH 433, ARCH 372 can be waived as a pre-requisite to the Field School with permission from the Field School Director, Dr. Hugo Cardoso (hugo_cardoso@sfu.ca)

ARCH 436-6: Archaeological Field Work Practicum. For a full course syllabus, please click here

While ARCH 373 is a pre-requisite to ARCH 436, it is a recommended rather than required pre-requisite for the purposes of this field school. Contact the Field School Director, Dr. Hugo Cardoso (hugo_cardoso@sfu.ca) if you have further questions.