Topic ID #36452 - posted 12/1/2015 2:58 AM



Location: Guadalajara, Spain
Dates: July
Duration: 2 weeks
Periods: Medieval

High school students are invited to join our field school at the 9th-century Castle of Zorita in central Spain. Moorish invaders built the castle, and it was later inhabited by an important order of Spanish knights. Our future archaeologists will be working in the knights’ cemetery next to a Romanesque church dating to the 12th century.

Students will be taught excavation methods on site in the morning and learn research techniques and history in the classroom in the afternoon. It is open to high school students ages 16 to 17.

For the past 2 years, ArchaeoSpain and American Foreign Academic Research (AFAR) have worked together at Zorita Castle. For precolegiate projects we are working together, running and developing new programs.

The High School field crew at the Medieval Castle of Zorita will excavate and research a 9th-centuryC fortress built by Moorish that was later (XI-XVIth-centuries) occupied by Christian knights and Jewish.

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 16 to 17 years old. Our main objective is to prepare you as future archaeologists.

Program Dates 2016: July 11 – July 24

Program Fees: US$ 3,600

Tuition costs include:

Funds for necessary analysis and site preservation and stabilization. This portion of the project tuition is tax deductible.

AFAR offers assistance to promising students in need of financial support. Students needing financial assistance should inquire to receive a qualification packet.

Fees Include:

• Full Room and Board

• Fieldwork training 
• Seminars and workshops
• Excursions and other activities
• Medical Insurance
• Transportation to and from airport
• Administrative costs

Fees DO NOT include airfare

The group will be staying at a small, rustic hotel right below the castle.

Students will be sharing rooms, each with en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning. The hotel has free WiFi and a laundry machine.

Meals will be eaten in the hotel, and an arrangement will be made to provide us with the mid-workday snack.

On Fridays we’ll have a barbecue dinner by the river.

Lunch is the main meal in Spain, while breakfast and dinner are lighter.Recopolis_6

Zorita Castle crew members will also tour some exciting and little-known historical sites in the region, ranging from Roman cities to Medieval festivals.

We believe that visiting these places is essential to understanding the historical context of the archaeological work at the castle.

All excursions are included in the program fees. These visits may change depending on the excavation schedule.

 • The Roman city of Segóbriga: Theater, Amphitheater.

• City of Toledo: Alcázar fortress, Hercules’ Caves, Sephardic Museum and Transit synagogue, Military and Archaeological museums.

• 13th century town of Pastrana: palatial prison of one-eyed Princess of Eboli.

• Medieval festivals in nearby townsAlbalate and Almonacid.


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