Location: Uharte-Arakil, Spain
In 2014, we will be offering a field school in Roman archaeology at the site of Zamartze (Navarre, Spain). The main element of the site is a Romanesque church believed to be built on top of an earlier Roman mansio. Excavations during the 2011-2013 field season beyond the medieval levels revealed Roman layers (dating to the third century A.D.), including a surface believed to constitute part of a Roman mansio complex. Historical accounts and modern research also point to the possible presence of an important Roman road (Ab Asturica Burdigalam). The goal of the excavation is improving our knowledge of the Roman period in the region and the transition from the Roman times into the Middle Ages.
During the 2014 season, the excavation will focus on the area to the north of the church and cemetery. The periods covered in the investigation are late Roman Empire to the early Medieval period.
Students will learn excavation methods and other field practice, including trench documentation, photography, recording and drawing techniques. The main component of the project is fieldwork, with participants spending an average of 6-7 hours per day on site. Afternoon lectures will be given on relevant archaeological theory and weekends will be free, allowing students to explore nearby cities and archaeological sites.
The course will be offered in English and Spanish, according to the needs of participants.
Period(s) of Occupation: Roman, Roman-Medieval transition
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 25 days
Room and Board Arrangements
Board and accommodation are included in the project price and will be provided in the nearby village of Uharte-Arakil. All necessary facilities (hot running water, washing machine, etc) are provided and it is located a short 10 minute walk from the site.
Academic CreditNumber of credits offered: none