Topic ID #39046 - posted 12/13/2017 10:37 AM

Spain- Modern Warfare Archaeology Field School 2018


In this field school students have the opportunity to participate in the historical and ongoing “Battle for Madrid” research study. This is part of a long-term project examining the archaeology of conflict in Spain, covering the civil war (1936-1939) and the Franco dictatorship (1939-1975). The project aims to understand the social experience of institutional and non-institutional violence and political repression using material culture as its main source. The project, which started in 2006, has examined a variety of war and postwar scenarios, from battlefields to social housing. The Spanish Civil War is the perfect place to understand modern mass violence through its archaeological signatures. The 2017 season intends to deploy a variety of state-of-the-art archaeological techniques to document and analyze the remains of the war and postwar period in and around Madrid. Among other places, we will be excavating two 19th-century buildings that saw heavy action between international pro-government soldiers and rebel troops in 1936. These buildings were bombed out and never reconstructed, thus offering a unique archaeological window into the war. This project excavates literally and metaphorically the myths of the Spanish Civil War that captured the worlds imagination and those of the dictatorship that followed.

·         Course Dates: July 1-August 1, 2018

·         Enrollment Status: OPEN

·         Total Cost: $4,610

·         Course Type: Field Archaeology

·         Instructors: Dr. Alfredo González-Ruibal, Xurxo Ayán Vila, Salvatore Garfi, Víctor M. Fernández


Accommodation will be in college dorms on campus at the Complutense University of Madrid. The residences are high-quality and similar to university dormitories in the United States. Students will be lodged in double rooms with private bathroom and free wifi. Most of the team will be residing with the students in the same residence and will be available 24 hours. Breakfast and dinner will be on campus. Lunch is in the field. Note that Spanish lunch times are quite different from those in other parts of the world, with late lunch (2:30 pm or later) and late dinner (9:30 pm or later) being normal. We will be able to cater to vegetarians and gluten and lactose intolerants, but please check for other dietary options.

ACADEMIC CREDIT UNITS & TRANSCRIPTS Credit Units: Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter credit units) through our academic partner, Connecticut College. Connecticut College is a private, highly ranked liberal arts institution with a deep commitment to undergraduate education. Students will receive a letter grade for attending this field school (see grading assessment and matrix). This field school provides a minimum of 160 direct instructional hours. Students are encouraged to discuss the transferability of credit units with faculty and registrars at their home institutions prior to attending this field school.


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