Location: Redondo, Portugal
The Santa Susana Archaeological Project is seeking applicants for its second season.
This site, never before systematically excavated, holds a villa complex central to our understanding of the complex processes of colonization and settlement in this part of the Roman Empire. Preliminary work at the site suggests a rich artifact assemblage dating to the first century C.E through the fifth century C.E.
In our second season, continuation of our intensive survey will provide targets for subsequent excavation in the pars urbana. The territory around the Roman villa will be carefully mapped and ceramics collected. Visible architectural features both within the villa complex and around it will be cleaned, mapped, photographed and drawn. Several test pits will be placed in strategic locations, giving students the opportunity to excavate concomitantly with the survey.Excavation will run for the duration of the field season, as will the survey.
Students will receive instruction in surveying techniques, excavation, the handling and processing of artifacts, and the recording of exposed architectural and geological features. No prior archaeological experience is necessary but a cheerful "can do" attitude is essential, since surveying in a hot environment can be tiring.
Students with a particular interest in learning the ins and outs of field archaeology and survey and their connection to the "classroom study" of classical archaeology are especially encouraged to apply.
Period(s) of Occupation: Roman Period
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 weeks
Room and Board Arrangements
Academic CreditNumber of credits offered none
Gonçalves, A., E. Moran, M. Posselt, and F. Teichner. 1999. "New aspects of the romanization of the Alto Alentejo (Portugal): evidence from a geophysical and archeological survey at the Monte da Nora (Terrugem)." Arqueologia 22: 101-110.