Topic ID #30401 - posted 12/17/2013 3:39 PM

Spain- Cova Gran Field School





Dates: June 29 - August 2, 2014

Project Description: The ability to quickly and efficiently adapt to diverse landscapes allowed humans to spread throughout the world during the Paleolithic period.  In the Old World, such ability enabled early humans to replace Neanderthals (and likely H. denisovans) in diverse environment, including the Southern Pyrenees.  How such replacement took place and what where the technological and social advantaged early human brought to the region is still poorly understood.  Through excavations at Cova Gran de Santa Linya – a large rock shelter located at the seam between the first range of the southern Pyrenees and the Ebro Basin – students will explore these very questions.  The cave is rich with evidence of human occupation dating to at least as early as 50,000 years ago and continuing through the Neolithic and Bronze Ages.  In 2014, students will continue excavations at the site and will primarily focus on the north-west area of this shelter, where deep stratigraphy with excellent preservation of archaeological materials is present. 


Academic Credits: Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units) through Connecticut College.

Total Cost: $5,150; includes tuition, cost of credit units, and room & board.

Accommodations: Students will stay at the Alberg la Cova hostel at Sant Llorenc de Montgai.  This village is approximately 30 km north of Lleida (Catalunya, Spain). The building has excellent facilities with communal space, kitchen, shower, laundry and free internet access.  Sleeping bags are not necessary but students are welcome to bring them. Students will share communal bedrooms (6-8 people in each room).  All team members must participate in setting tables for meals and do the washing up and clean common shared spaces after lunch and dinner (living room, bedroom and the yard).

Meals: All meals will be communal events and will provide plenty of nutritious but basic food in the tradition of local cousin.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided by the program Mon-Sat.  On Sundays, students may choose to take their meals at the different local restaurants in the area.  While the project may accommodate some dietary needs, you must communicate directly with project directors to ensure your needs may be met in the field.  In general, vegetarian diets may be accommodated but other diets may be challenging and impossible to accommodate.

Travel Information: Students will meet at the Bar-Cafeteria at Lleida-Pyrenees RENFE railway station on June 29th at 5:00pm.  Trains to Lleida-Pyrenees depart from Sants RENFE train station at Barcelona frequently.  Trains from the Barcelona airport to Sants station depart each 30 minutes. For train schedule from Sants station to Lleida Pireineus, click here.

If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text or email to the project director.  Local cell phone numbers and other emergency contact information will be provided to all enrolled students.

Visa Requirements: Spain is a party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter Spain for up to 90 days in a six-month period for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. For more information, please visit the US State Department Travel Advice page.

Health: For specific information regarding travel health issues pertinent to travel in Spain, consult with the Centers for Disease Control website.

Project Directors and Contact Information:

Dr. Jorge Martinez-Moreno, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (; Prof. Rafael Mora, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (; Dr. Alfonso Benito-Calvo, Centro Nacional de Evolución Humana, Burgos (


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