Topic ID #36436 - posted 11/30/2015 3:21 AM

Join 2016 excavation at Iron Age Necropolis of PINTIA. Spain.



Location: Valladolid, Spain
Dates: June, July
Duration: 3 week sessions 
Periods: Iron Age, Roman

Participants will join the ongoing excavation of the necropolis of Pintia, helping us uncover the tombs that hold valuable information about the Vaccean culture, an Iron Age people with Celtic links that settled in the region around the 5th century BC, later conquered by the Romans.

Over the past decade, excavations of the necropolis, which was used between the 5th century BC and the 2nd century, have discovered around 150 cremation burials. The tombs have provided a slew of information and artifacts — daggers, broaches, tweezers, shaving blades, necklaces, and children’s toys — relating to the settlement’s social structure and the culture’s warrior class.

Those who join us at Pintia will excavate burials around 2,500 years old and handle the well-preserved grave goods that belonged to a pre-Roman indigenous culture  that excelled in metallurgy, agriculture, and textiles.

The necropolis belonged to the Vacceans,  an Iron Age people with Celtic links that settled in north-central Spain. The cemetery was in use between the end of the 5th century BC and the 2nd century. The Romans took over Pintia during their conquest of Iberia.

For the past 11 years, ArchaeoSpain and the University of Valladolid have worked together at Pintia to help create a window into the lives of the ancient Vaccean culture. During one excavation campaign we excavated 44 tombs containing around 600 man-made artifacts. In one area around 100 giant limestone slabs (some weighing nearly a metric ton) protected the tombs from subsequent farming and left the funerary jars and grave goods in excellent condition: daggers, broaches, spear points, grills, knives, tongs, tweezers, shaving blades, and necklaces. 

In cooperation with students’ universities, academic credit can be obtained.

Pintia is one of the longest continuous archaeological projects in all of Spain, and part of your fee goes toward financing the excavation.

Program Dates & Fees 2016:

Session 1: May 30 – June 16
Session 2: June 20 – July 7
Session 3: July 11 – July 28

Program Fees:

US$ 1,690 per session

Fees Include:

• Full Room and Board
• Seminars and workshops
• Pintia literature
• Excursions and other activities
• Airport pick-up/drop-off on first and last days of program
• Medical Insurance
• Application fee
• Administrative costs

Part of your fee will go toward the research project

Fees DO NOT include airfare.

Accommodations and Excursions.

Pintia program participants will reside at the site’s research facilities in the small town of Padilla de Duero for the duration of the program.Our crew will share a large, dorm-style room with bunk beds, with adjacent bathrooms and showers. All bedding is provided. 

Food will be prepared by a local cook and meals will be eaten in the research facility’s dining room. We will have a mid-work snack on site.

Breakfast in Spain is a light meal, while lunch and dinner are more substantial. Please let us know if you are a vegetarian or if you require a special diet so that we can discuss the best way to accommodate your needs.


The Pintia crew will also visit some amazing historical attractions in the region. We believe that exploring these sites is essential to understanding the context of the archaeological work at Pintia. These excursions are included in the program fees.

Visits may vary depending on your session dates and on the excavation schedule.

• Peñafiel: Medieval town and castle.

• Roman Villa La Olmeda (Palencia).

 Capital city of Valladolid: Cathedral, National Sculpture Museum, University.

  Capital city of Segovia: Cathedral, archaeological museum, Cartuja de Miraflores, Roman aqueduct.

  Canoeing down the Duero River.


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