Topic ID #34233 - posted 12/8/2014 1:47 AM

CEAACP – Tróia Summer School 2015

Jennifer Palmer

CEAACP – Tróia Summer School 2015

Program offered

The CEAACP – Tróia Summer School is a Summer archaeological fieldschool
program offered by the Centro de Estudos de Arqueologia, Artes e Ciências do
Património (Centre of Archaeological, Arts and Heritage Studies), Portugal -, Unity of Research 281 of the Foundation for Science and
Technology (FCT) of the Ministry of Education and Science (Portugal) - in collaboration with Troiaresort – Investimentos Turísticos, S.A. -, the company that has the safeguard of the Archaeological
Roman Site of Tróia, Portugal.

The CEAACP – Tróia Summer School proposes the second edition of a Summer
archaeological fieldschool at Tróia, Portugal (fig. 1), offering students the
opportunity of participating in a scientific archaeological project in the largest
fish-salting production center known in the Roman Empire, today known as
the Roman Ruins of Tróia and a National Monument since 1910.
The fieldwork campaign will take place in June and is opened to
undergraduate as well as graduate students, from all majors.
The fieldschool includes archaeological excavation, lectures, workshops,
pottery washing and study visits. English will be the language employed in all

Prof. David Soren (University of Arizona) and Prof. Inês Vaz Pinto (CEAACP)
will be the coordinators of this summer program and the excavation will be
directed by Prof. Inês Vaz Pinto, Dr. Ana Patrícia Magalhães and Dr. Patrícia
Brum, responsible for the site of Tróia.

University of Arizona (UA) credit will be available for students applying
through the UA Office and Study Abroad and Student Exchange.

The archaeological site of Tróia

The fieldschool will take place at Tróia, a beautiful sand peninsula 17 km long
that is today a touristic resort due to its white sand beaches on the Atlantic
Ocean (fig. 2). Part of it belongs to the Sado Estuary Natural Reserve and a
specific area is classified as a Botanical Reserve due to the rarity of a number
of plants in the sand dunes of Tróia.

It is located in the center south of Portugal, only 50 km from Lisbon, the
capital of Portugal, and only a 15 minute boat trip from Setúbal, a city that
goes back to the Roman Period and Middle Ages and has 120,000 inhabitants.
The Setúbal Bay, that also bathes Tróia, is classified by UNESCO as one of The
Most Beautiful Bays in the World (
It is in this sand spit between the Sado
River and the Atlantic Ocean,
belonging in Roman times to the city
of Salacia Imperatoria Augusta, in the
province of Lusitania, that were built a
number of fish-salting factories (fig. 3)
to produce salted fish and fish sauces
like the famous garum. These were
put in amphorae and carried by boat to
many different regions of the Mediterranean and to Rome, the capital of the
Empire. The production center founded in the early 1st c. employed many
people and developed into a town with houses, baths, wells, cemeteries and
at a late moment, an early Christian basilica with well-preserved painted walls
When the Roman settlement was
abandoned in the 6th c., it was buried in
sand dunes that were responsible for its
exceptional preservation. A number of
walls are preserved up to 4 m high and a
number of the fish-salting vats are
complete, and some still reveal the fish
bones from the last production in the
bottom when they are excavated. The
intense economic activity caused by the proximity to the ocean and the river
and the early abandonment make the site very rich in archaeological finds (fig.
5), specially different types of pottery like terra sigillata (including African Red
Slip Ware) and amphorae but also metal objects like coins or bone objects.

Goals, schedule and conditions

The fieldschool, which started in 2014,
takes place in this site continuing
excavating a large fish-salting
workshop, only partially dug in the
70’s, still half covered by sand and
with large vats 2.30m deep. In the
2014 campaign two new vats were
uncovered (fig. 6), one of which with
fish remains from the last production
in its bottom, and abandonment levels
from the late 4th – early 5th century The goal to 2015 is to continue
excavating the southwest line of vats, trying to understand the late
remodeling of the workshop and its abandonment. The ultimate goal is to
uncover the hole factory.
The weekly schedule will be the following:

Lectures and workshops

There will be three lectures or workshops a week, in a total of twelve. The
lectures will be taught by the on-site team and visiting scholars. Themes will
be related to the archaeological site of Tróia, the excavation work,
archaeological finds and Portuguese history.
The lectures (subject to changes) will be the following:
 “Tróia in Lusitania and in the Roman Empire" by Inês Vaz Pinto
 "Archaeological excavation at Tróia – method and practice" by Ana Patrícia
 “Brief overview of the History of Portugal” by Inês Vaz Pinto
 “Funerary practices at Roman Tróia" by Inês Vaz Pinto
The workshops (subject to changes) will be the following:
 “Archaeological finds: how to divide and classify them?" by Patricia Brum
 "Introduction to the study of pottery" by Inês Vaz Pinto
 “Drawing archaeological objects: skills or technique?” by Ana Patrícia
Magalhães and Patrícia Brum
 "Roman pottery: types and function" by Catarina Viegas
 “Roman coins” by Maria Conceição Lopes and Patrícia Brum
 "From bones to bodies" by Margarida Figueiredo
 “The study of animal bones” by Simon Davis
 “Metal objects” by Teresa Rita Pereira
Time table Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
07h00 Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Full-day excursion Breakfast Breakfast Free day
07h30 Excavation Excavation Excavation Excavation Excavation
10h00 Break Break Break Break Break
10h30 Excavation Excavation Excavation Excavation Excavation
13h00 Lunch break Lunch break Lunch break Lunch break Lunch break
14h00 Lecture or workshop Half-day excursion Lecture or workshop Lecture or workshop Free afternoon
15h00 Pottery washing and inventory Pottery washing and inventory Pottery washing and inventory
17h00 Time off Time off Time off
20h00 Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner

Tróia Summer School Programme Schedule

The fieldschool program will include a full day and a one half day cultural trip
every week.

Half-day excursions:
 Tróia - sand dunes and Caldeira
lagoon: the geological evolution and
natural environment.
 Palmela: Moorish and Medieval
 Boat trip to watch the famous
dolphin population of the Sado River
 Alcácer do Sal, Roman and Moorish town, and
Carrasqueira, fishermen village.

Full-day excursions:
 Setúbal and surroundings (Arrábida
mountains, Cabo Espichel, Azeitão)
 Lisbon – Capital of Portugal.
 Évora – Roman and Modern city.
 Sintra – Royal palaces and town.
Monastery in Belém

• No Visa required
Citizens of the United States of America do not need a visa to enter and stay
in Portugal for 90 days or less, but they need a passport valid for six months
beyond the length of stay.

• Insurance
The students participating in the “Tróia Summer School” program will have
Insurance that covers medical assistance and hospital care in case of accident,
injury or sickness, and repatriation for medical assistance if necessary.

The CEAACP – Tróia Summer School will be housed at Tróia at a 10 minutedrive
from the site, near the urban center of Tróia (fig. 11), 4.5 miles from de
site (10 minute-drive). The accommodation will be in well-equipped
townhouses or apartments where up to 4 students may share a room. Sheets
and towels will be provided. Internet will be available.
In leisure times the beach is at a 10 minute walk and there will be access to a
Housing costs are totally included in the program fee; also covered are all the
expenses (water, gas and electricity bills), sheets and towels changed once a
week, and a weekly cleaning of the apartments.

All meals from Monday to Saturday are included in the program fee, only
Sunday meals are not included. Breakfast will be prepared or provided at
home, lunch will be at the cafeteria of Troiaresort, except during fieldtrips
where meals will be lunch bags or at a restaurant and dinner will be provided
at home or at a restaurant at Troiaresort. A mid work snack will be provided at
the site. There will be a special welcome meal in the beginning and a farewell
dinner at the end.

Program Cost
• 2015 Program (31 May-27 June) - € 1700 (price in euros, c. $ 2300)
Students repeating the program will have a 10% discount – € 1530
The cost includes fieldwork training, workshops, lectures, housing,
fieldtrips and cultural excursions (transportation and admission to
sites/museums), transportation from/to the airport, all meals from Monday to
Saturday (Sunday is excluded) and medical insurance.

Applications should be made until February 15, 2015.
Ask for the “Application Form” through
(1) David Soren
Principle investigator, Regents Professor of Anthropology, University of
(2) Maria da Conceição Lopes
+ 351 239 851 600
Professor of the University of Coimbra, Director of the Centre of
Archaeological, Arts and Heritage Studies (CEAACP).
(3) Inês Vaz Pinto
+351 265 499 400
Co-director of Tróia Summer School, Universidade Lusíada Ph. D, University of
Arizona M.A., Associate Professor of Ancient History and Archaeology on leave
at Universidade Lusíada, Lisbon; Director of the Archaeological Excavations at
Tróia, Head of the Archaeology Team of the site of Tróia.
(4) Ana Patrícia Magalhães
+351 265 499 400
+ 351 939 031 936 (mobile)
Archaeologist, Universidade de Lisboa M.A., Co-Director of the Archaeological
Excavations at Tróia; Member of the Archaeology Team of the site of Tróia;
Specialist on Sigillata Ceramics.
(5) Patrícia Brum
+351 265 499 400
+ 351 939 031 936 (mobile)
Archaeologist, Universidade Nova de Lisboa M.A.; Co-Director of the
Archaeological Excavations at Tróia; Member of the Archaeology Team of the
site of Tróia.


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