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Archaeological Field Work: Exploring Ancient Mountain Society in Beira Alta (Portugal)

Location: Portugal
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In this archaeological field practicum, you explore the archaeology of mountain society with an international team in the territory of mountain sites in the municipality of Guarda (Beira Alta, Portugal). This field practicum is conducted within the GAP project (Guarda Archaeological Project, director dr. Anita Casarotto) which is a collaboration between the Universities of Lisbon (NOVA) (coordinator dr. Tomás Cordero Ruiz), Groningen (RUG) and KNIR Institute in Rome (coordinator Prof. dr. Tesse D. Stek), and the Museum of Guarda (coordinator dr. Vítor Pereira), and is part of the overarching research program ‘The impact of Roman imperialism in the West’.

Target group and admission
The field work is open to Bachelor, Master, Research Master and PhD students in Archaeology, Ancient History, Classics, Geoarchaeology and related fields enrolled in Portuguese universities or in one of the KNIR partner universities in the Netherlands (RU, RUG, UL, UU, UvA, VU). Students from Italian, Spanish or other international universities are emphatically welcome to apply too, with the only difference that no travel costs can be reimbursed.


Activities and time period 

15 October (arrival) – 3 November (departure)
This field work project is conducted in the Guarda area of the Serra da Estrela mountains. The area is characterised by a beautiful landscape of rolling granite hills with a high proportion of arable land. It consists of work in the field, especially pedestrian field survey, as well as the study of the finds and GIS documentation in the lab of the Museum of Guarda. We give priority to students who can participate the whole period. Students who cannot stay longer, may also apply for a two-week period. Although the focus of the project is on research, not on teaching, the high staff-student ratio provides ample room for learning in practice. Autonomy, creativity and initiative are key.

Expenses and Accommodation in Guarda
The participants will stay at an hostel in Guarda, and our working base for data processing after the daily field activities will be the lab of the Museum of Guarda. Tuition and lodging is free for participants and generously offered by the Municipality of Guarda. Meals are also included. After successful completion of the campaign, travel expenses will be reimbursed up to €200 by the Dutch Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds – for students enrolled in the KNIR partner universities and in the Portuguese universities. Participants sleep in shared rooms; please bring a sleeping bag, towels, clothes for both warm and cold weather, a hat and sturdy mountain boots. Guarda is the city located at the highest altitude in Portugal (1,056 m a.s.l.), so equip yourself with proper clothes and bed linens for the possible cold weather.

Credits and assessment
The study load is the equivalent of max. 4 ECTS (112 hours) for the full campaign. Each student should arrange with his/her home coordinator whether this can be a part of the existing curriculum. Students will be assessed on the basis of participation and their development of insights and skills during the field school. A certificate of participation will be provided after the campaign.

Application and admission
Students can apply via the link below. Include in your application:
• a brief letter of motivation (max. 1 A4)
• a brief CV (if applicable, pointing out previous field work experience, max. 1 A4)
• a recent list of courses followed and grades provided by your university

Deadline (extended)
21 September 2023, 23:59 CET.
Please note that the decision of the selection committee is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

More info
Phone: (+39)063269621

This field practicum has been organized in collaboration with: