Topic ID #37774 - posted 12/12/2016 9:35 AM



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 12 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.
Surrounded by Castilla’s idyllic plains, Medieval castles, and Roman ruins, the Pintia-ArchaeoSpain crews have excavated over the last decade around 150 cremation tombs boasting a dizzying array of grave goods. The study of these tombs, belonging to men, women, and children, help us understand the social organization of these pre-Roman people.
For example, 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. ​​

Each week the archaeologists will prepare seminars and workshops concerning the fieldwork and the history of Pintia. 
Participants will also receive the book “De la Región Vaccea a la Arqueología Vaccea,” information on Pintia and the necropolis, powerpoint presentations of the topics below, and Pintia T-shirts.
Archaeology program:
June 15th: The Vacceans by prof. Carlos Sanz Mínguez.
June 18th: The necropolis of Las Ruedas (Pintia) by prof. Carlos Sanz Mínguez.
June 22nd: Human and animal osteology, by profs. Francisco Pastor, Mercedes Barbosa and Félix de Paz.
June 25th: Vaccean material culture and record systems, by profs. Carlos Sanz Mínguez and Rita Pedro.
June 29th: Photography for archaeologists, by prof. Luis Sanz Díez.
July 2nd: Archaeological drawing, by prof. Luis Pascual Repiso.

Archaeology program: June 12 - July 9 (4 weeks
Archaeology program: $2,390

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