Duration of Program:
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.