Topic ID #39045 - posted 12/13/2017 10:34 AM

Portugal- Vale Boi Archaeology Field School 2018


What was the nature of interaction between Neanderthals and our own ancestors – Anatomically Modern Humans (AMH)? Did AMH replace Neanderthals, contributing to their extinction? Or, was there interaction between the species and at least some Neanderthals absorbed into the AMH genetic line? The site of Vale Boi is a superb location to examine these, and other exciting questions related to the evolution of our species. Covering a time span between ca. 33,000-13,000 years ago, preservation conditions at the site, especially of organic fauna materials, are superb. Vale Boi shows evidence of both Neanderthals and AMH presence, making it ideal to study AMH-Neanderthal interactions. Located in coastal Southern Portugal, Vale Boi offers all the excitement of archaeology with comfortable living at an area catering to global tourism. This program combines lectures, excavation and laboratory training, providing students with the rare opportunity to explore and document one of the most interesting and important moments of the human career:  the emergence of our own species.

·         Course Dates: July 1-July 28, 2018

·         Enrollment Status: OPEN

·         Total Cost: $4,000

·         Course Type: Field Archaeology

·         Instructors: Prof. Nuno Bicho, Dr. João Cascalheira


Students will live in a comfortable, but modest, field house in the small town of Budens, located a couple kms from the site of Vale Boi. Conditions at the field house are basic, with electricity, drinking water and hot water for showers (please be prepared and bring bathing suits for showering, because sometimes students may have to use outside showers). Students will sleep on bunk beds so should bring either bedding or sleeping bags (or both). Night temperatures are comfortable with rare cold or hot nights. There are two large communal rooms, divided by gender, each with its own bathrooms. In addition, there is a large communal eating room. Students will prepare their own breakfast and light lunch from supplies provided by the project. A cook will prepare dinner. The daily diet in Southern Portugal is Mediterranean diet and includes a wide diversity of food elements, including fish, shellfish, pork, beef, chicken, fresh vegetables, bread, beans, pasta, rice and potatoes. Although there is a wide diversity, it is nearly impossible to prepare dinners for specialized diets such as vegan, kosher, etc. It is possible to handle lactose intolerant meals, but those need special preparation.

ACADEMIC CREDIT UNITS & TRANSCRIPTS Credit Units: Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter credit units) through our academic partner, Connecticut College. Connecticut College is a private, highly ranked liberal arts institution with a deep commitment to undergraduate education. Students will receive a letter grade for attending this field school (see grading assessment and matrix). This field school provides a minimum of 160 direct instructional hours. Students are encouraged to discuss the transferability of credit units with faculty and registrars at their home institutions prior to attending this field school.


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