SFU: Bioarchaeology Field School: Life and Death in Medieval Portugal 2022

Portugal , Europe Past Program Archaeology

Duration of Program:

Late February - mid-March: Mandatory virtual Canvas Program
March TBD: Pre-Departure Orientation
May 1: Date by which we will confirm if program is proceeding. Do not book flights or confirm other arrangements until after this date.
June 11 - 12: Date to fly into Santarem. 
June 13 - 17: Study in Santarem
June 18 - 19: Travel to Faro & rest day
June 20 - 24: Study in Faro
June 24 - 26: Travel to Manta Rota & rest days
June 27 - July 17: Study in Manta Rota (rest days on weekends). Students may leave anytime after 2pm on July 15th.
* 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 traveling to three locations for training, hands-on lab and field experience in the excavation and interpretation of human remains from funerary contexts. At these locations students will also be going for visits to archaeologically, historically and culturally significant sites.

The first and second weeks will be spent in the cities of Santarém and Faro, respectively, where students will attend lectures about archaeology and history of the regions, as well as attend labs to learn and practice various bioarchaeology field and lab techniques, as well as to familiarize themselves with various types of archaeological materials they will encounter. Students will then spend an additional three weeks excavating an archaeological cemetery in the old walled village of Cacela Velha, municipality of Vila Real de Santo António. 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.

The program totals 9 - 12 undergraduate credits, depending on course selection.
ARCH 433-3: Background to Field Methods. 
ARCH 436-6: Archaeological Field Work Practicum. 
Optional, ARCH 434-3: Archaeological Field Methods. Offered in the summer semester prior to departure.
Optional, ARCH 479-3: Directed Readings. Students requiring 12 credits for financial aid purposes may discuss taking this course with the Field School Director.