Topic ID #30298 - posted 12/2/2013 3:28 AM

BARCELONA - La Roca dels Bous 2014 (European Project POCTEFA)


Hi everybody!

archaeoBarcelona, we would like to show you our Neanderthal Field School. The most important finding you can see in our project is the innovative technology, which is currently leading the innovation in Europe (scroll down for more information about it).

DATES: June 6 - July 10, 2014 (5 weeks)
Tuition: € 3.150 (US$ 4.290 aprox)
Click "archaeological digs in Spain" to know more


This program is divided into two parts.

the first one (29 days) the participants will carry out archaeological work -fieldwork, laboratory and theory- in the Neanderthal archaeological site of La Roca dels Bous, in Sant Llorenç de Montgai (Spain), which forms part of the European Project POCTEFA (partnership between the countries of Spain, France and Andorra). Here, we will be in contact with and learn to use the most advanced technologies in the world of archeology with professors from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. We will also visit the Archaeological Park where we can find real-size replicas of the huts and their interiors of our ancestors and see how their quotidian life was.

The second part (6 days) will take place in the city of Barcelona, where we will carry out cultural and archaeological tours through the most important sites of the city. We will discover Barcino, the ancient Roman city located just in the center of the current city of Barcelona, and sites from the famous modernist architect Gaudí, such as the Park Güell and Sagrada Familia. Here to know more about Cultural Tours in Barcelona.

About the innovative technology:
The site utilizes advanced technology, not found in most other excavations. During the last two years the project has developed, exclusively for this site, a worlwide innovative digital system to classify the pieces found. This reduces the labeling time in half and the error rate from 40% to 1%. The novelty also lies in incorporating datamatrix codes that, by collecting information on site with a handheld device, allows you to have control of the artifacts and access to more information available in the network. The methodology used in La Roca dels Bous is starting to be adapted to other archaeological investigations across Europe. Participants will learn to use these 
innovative technologies.


La Roca dels Bous:  
Hostel, BarcelonaThe participants will stay in communal rooms of 6 to 8 people in a hostel in the center of Sant Llorenç of Montgai, next to the excavation site. This is also a few meters away from the Segre river. 
The hostel has wireless internet service, laundry, on-suite bathrooms, as well as nurse service.
Breakfast is eaten as a group at the hostel before going to the excavation. Lunch and dinner service is provided at the hostel’s restaurant, which serves typical Spanish and Mediterranean food.

In Barcelona we will stay in communal hostel rooms of 4 to 8 people. The program provides breakfast, dinner and lunch. The hostel has wireless internet service.
Breakfast will take place before the tours and the group will eat lunch and dinner in city restaurants, which serve typical Mediterranean and Spanish food.
If you have problems with any kind of food, please, tell us in advance.


Program Includes:
Tutor program
Academic evaluation for the people who need academic credits (free).
Bed and board during all the program (except food on free days)
Conferences/seminars by university professors/site directors
Field trips, tours in Barcelona and other activities
Transportation from Barcelona to Sant Llorenç de Montgai and from Sant Llorenç de Montgai to Barcelona 
Public transport in Barcelona during the program tours
Tickets: Park Güell, La Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà, Centre Cultural el Born, Picasso Museum
Accident and liability insurance
Application fee
Administrative costs

Program does NOT cover:
Airfare. Remember you must hire your own airfare or coach to the meeting point, these services are not included in the price of the program.
Tickets of Barcelona museums that are not cited above.


"Everyone was so incredibly patient and kind to me, and everyone willing to teach and help me throughout the excavation; I have learned a lot and it is an experience I will never forget".
Lindsay H., North Carolina, USA

"I came here to see what a paleolithic excavation is like since I heard that it is very different from other digs. The difference I see is that you work more carefully, taking care of every object. I also liked the stoneknapping workshop".
Erik A., Sweden


Excursion, La Roca dels Bous

Wildlife teeth, La Roca dels Bous

Casa Milà, Barcelona

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Overview, La Roca dels Bous

Barcelona harbour


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