Medieval Castle of Zorita: High School Archaeology
Zorita de los Canes,
Season Dates: June 28, 2014 - July 18, 2014
May 15, 2014
Affiliation: ArchaeoSpain, La Mancha regional government
Project Director: Dr. Dionisio Urbina and Catalina Urquijo
The High School field crew at the Medieval Castle of Zorita will excavate and research a 9th-century fortress built by Moorish invaders that was later occupied by Christian knights and Jewish Spaniards.
We will be the first archaeological team to excavate the area that could be where knights were buried, in addition to the Jewish quarter just outside the northern walls.
Field school students will learn surveying, excavation techniques, mapping, photography, keeping a dig diary, and artifact recovery, conservation, and drawing. We will also hold seminars and workshops on Spanish history, architecture, and archaeology.
This program is designed for students 15 to 17 years old. Our main objective is to prepare you as future archaeologists. This coming campaign will set the groundwork for future campaigns.
Students will experience both theoretical and hands-on archaeology. In the mornings we will be on site, learning excavation methodology, working with tools and technical instruments, and extracting artifacts. You'll analyze the clues like a detective, recording everything with photos, sketches, and a fieldwork notebook. You will also learn to draw archaeological maps and take biological samples such as pollen, seeds, and plant remains.
In the afternoons we will wash and classify the pottery, bones, and other artifacts found on site. Some afternoons we will hold seminars on Spanish history, on drawing pottery shards, and on how archaeologists use aerial photography to spot ancient remains.
Other afternoons we will explore the castle that is literally our backyard, or we will go on archaeological surveys to learn how archaeologists decide where to dig and why. Weekends will be spent visiting several Roman and Medieval sites of interest in the area, including a day-trip to World Heritage Site Toledo.
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Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers:
Room and Board Arrangements
The group will be staying at a small, rustic hotel just below the castle. Students will share rooms, each with en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning. The hotel has free WiFi.
Meals will be provided by hotel cooks and an arrangement will be made to provide us with the mid-workday snack.
Number of credits offered: none
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