Topic ID #35503 - posted 3/31/2015 7:50 AM

Inside the Bronze Age (Beja, Portugal)

Miguel Serra

We will go back 3000 years in time to participate in an archaeological adventure, recovering, from the past, objects that will acquire a new life and reveal ancient histories which will enable participants to go deeper and directly Inside the Bronze Age. The project includes an archaeological field school. The variety of activities and team flexibility make this project suitable for both Beginners and Advanced in either Field or Bronze Age Archaeology.
More information: 

Application Deadline 
Start Date 2015-08-02 
End Date 2015-08-29 
Archaeology Field School Location 

Beja, Portugal

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution 

Polytechnic Institute of Beja (

Academic Credit 

Number of credits offered one session 3; two sessions 6

Archaeology Field School Room and Board 

Accommodation(included in the fee) will be at the IPBeja Students Residence, in IPbeja Campus, at a 15 minute-drive from the site. Participants will share rooms divided by gender with two beds (no more than 2 students per room). Sheets and towels will be provided. Internet will be available. There will be a common living room and a well-equipped meal room (microwave, refrigerator,…) where breakfast may take place. Lunch and dinner meals are included in the program fee. Extra meals, beverages, other services and products are not included.There are several supermarkets, coffee shops and restaurants around the campus.

Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs 

One session (two weeks): 750€ (851 USD) Two sessions (four weeks): 1500€ (1702 USD)

Archaeology Field School Description

The Outeiro do Circo is a large fortified settlement from the Late Bronze Age (1250-850 BC) located in the district of Beja in the Alentejo plain. It occupies an elongated hill, with a maximum height of 276 m, bounded on the north and west by other small elevations. The southern border is dominated by the plain. Surrounding terrains are made up of a fertile agricultural soils called "Black Clays", where numerous archaeological sites, dating from the II and the beginning of I millennium BC, where discovered. The element that gives greater emphasis to this settlement is an impressive wall that borders it almost entirely, setting an occupied area of about 17 hectares and making it one of the largest settlements of this period in the Iberian Peninsula. The wall reveals a complex defensive system, with double walls, bastions and moats. The excavation works took place between 2008 and 2013 and led to the discovery of a wall section consisting of a top small wall, a system of ramps and platforms and an exterior retaining wall built on a disused ditch. Currently the archaeological work it`s being developed in the inside area of the settlement in order to achieve a better knowledge of the daily life aspects of the Outeiro do Circo`s inhabitants.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type 

Prehistoric Fiel School.

Time Period 

Late Bronze Age

Field School Setting/Conditions 

The participants will stay in the city of Beja. We will drive to the site (18 km)

How is the project area accessed each day 

We will drive every day to the site. The lectures and workshops will be held at IPBeja campus in the city of Beja

What is the daily schedule for the field school 

Monday to friday work week from 8:00 am to 13:00 am

Directors and Instructors 

Miguel Serra - coordinator (archaeologist)
Sofia Soares - coordinator (geologist)
Eduardo Porfírio - coordinator (archaeologist)
Ana Osório - fiel work and pottery workshops (archaeologist)
Sofia Silva - dig director (archaeologist)
Luis Luz - Topography

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn 

- “Inside History” :
The Fortified Settlement of Outeiro do
-“Inside Research”:
Techniques and methods;
- “Inside Excavation” :
Tools and Stratigraphic Interpretation;
- “Inside Documents”:
Filled an Graphic Documentation ;
- “Inside Artifacts” :
Recording, Illustration and Storage
Field training:
Archaeological research:
- Preliminary research (indoor stage);
- Field walking and site recording;
- Techniques and methods of preliminary
archaeological research (aerial photo);
- Use of tools and working methods;
- Methodology and basic techniques of
- Stratigraphy and chronology.
- Artefact recording and illustration;
- Storage of artifacts;
Field training:
Field and graphic documentation:
- Field journal and locus sheets;
- Record cards and bag labels;
- Drawn record: section- and plan-drawing;
- Photographic records;
- Pottery modeling – Ana Osório;
- Topography – Luís Luz;
Outeiro do Circo project presentation -
Miguel Serra and Eduardo Porfírio;
Geological Setting – Sofia Soares;
Experimental Archaeology on pottery –
Ana Osório

Participants will receive the Project Handbook
There will be several guided visits to local museums, archaeological sites and the historical center of the city of Beja
There is no Free Time Travel Restrictions, but we are available to organize any none included trip at weekends

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website 

Field School Contact Information

António Padeirinha (International Relations Office)
Rua Pedro Soares, Campus do Instituto Politécnico de Beja, Apartado 6155
00351 284 311 541
00351 284 361 326


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