Topic ID #34044 - posted 11/15/2014 6:55 AM

Cerro de la Muela 2015, Spain. Roman military warehouse Summer School


The Field School offers a three/six-week intensive course in which you will be in touch with fieldwork and laboratory practices. The program is designed to introduce you to the archaeological process from surveying, excavation, data collection, and historical interpretation.
Cerro de la Muela Field School offers hands-on experience in excavation and laboratory study of a roman archaeological site. It is a most interesting roman military settlement placed between the roman cities of Segobriga and Ercávica. The highlight of the site is a quadrangular building of unknown function that could have served as a military garrison, as a horreum or as a place where to transform lapis specularis, the first crystal known to be used in windows (Plinius. Nat. Hist. XXXVI, 161), which brought economic prosperity to the region in the time of Augustus.
In the archaeological season of 2014 we found the existence of a 2nd row of columns with sandstone blocks at the East side. We dug in several interior rooms in which we discovered numerous coins and other bronze objects, hair bone needles, loom weights, iron nails,sickles and other iron tools and fragments of pottery and glass vessels.
The participants will have the opportunity to meet different aspects of the spanish culture at the excursions. We'll visit Toledo, Madrid, Cuenca and its archaeological museum, the roman city of Segóbriga, the monastery of Uclés and a roman mine of lapis specularis.

2014 AIMS

After the surprising results of the last campaign, the aims for 2015 are: to continue with the excavation of the rich late roman layers inside the east corner of the monumental building. Excavate the South East tower. Make a test trench to verify the stratigraphy of the site, in order to obtain the building foundation date.



-The correct way to use tools.

-Learning the use of technical tools.

-Excavations techniques and methods.

-Collection of samples for laboratory.

-Stratigraphy, contexts and phases.

-The Law of superposition and the Harris Matrix.


Documentation and Registration:

-Excavation journal.

-Context sheets.

-Plans/Section drawing.

-Artifacts recording and processing.

-Artifacts drawing and reconstruction.



-First aid for finds.

-Cleaning, and lime/salt extraction.

-Preventive conservation of ruins.


Roman archaeology.
Introduction to roman ceramic studies.
Artifacts: from inventories and museum storage to exhibitions


Three weeks:     6/25 July                   

                       27 July/15 August        

4 weeks           6 July-   1 August                 

5 weeks           6 July-   8 August                  

6 weeks           6 July- 15 August             

No fieldwork experience required. No spanish required.

The price includes: Room and board in a rural Hostel at Carrascosa del Campo. Transfer to and from Madrid-Barajas Airport. Daily transport to the site, excursions, seminars. Certificate 130/260h of practice.

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