Topic ID #40435 - posted 11/26/2018 1:24 AM



Program dates for 2019: 
​June 23- July 13

​​Zorita Castle perches on a plateau overlooking the tiny village of Zorita de los Canes. It sits on the banks of the Spain's longest river: The Tagus. The castle once controlled one of the three only bridges that crossed the river. Slightly smaller than an international football pitch, the original fortress was built by armies from North Africa during the Moorish and Berber conquest of Spain. For the foundations, the builders looted the stonework from the nearby ruins of the Visigothic city of Recópolis.

The Castle History. 
Between the 9th and 13th centuries, Zorita Castle thrived as a focal point for commerce and military adventures during the wars to take control of Spain between Muslim and Christian armies. Since then, the castle has fallen into obscurity. Geographically unpopular, ignored by academia, and until recently left to crumble. Today the former headquarters of one of Spain's most important military orders is coming back to life. Since 2014 and overseen by the Heritage Office of the regional Castilla-La Mancha government, Zorita Castle field school teaches students and archaeology lovers from around the world how to conduct an archaeological excavation while uncovering part of the castle history.

Goals for 2019
We will continue excavating both sides of the Romanesque church of the castle. On the South, on the "Corral de los Condes" where the cemetery for the knights of the Calatrava order was found. Some of the graves are already exposed and ready to start working on them. On the North side or areas IV-VII where we are discovering the rooms over the cistern.
The Archaeology and Osteology program at Zorita Castle is focused on teaching archaeological methodology and on the excavation of graves. Mornings will be dedicated to excavation with a break for a snack. Fully recovered after a bath in the river, lunch and siesta, afternoons will be dedicated to seminars and workshops.
Participants will take part in all the excavation process, they will keep a field journal and clean, identify, and catalogue artifacts. ​We will learn to define a burial, the right way to dig a skeleton and how to remove it from the ground: how to deal with the body, what tools to use, how to remove the bones in anatomical units with the right and left sides individualized, what is the correct  packaging, how to register everything in situ (practice with photogrametry for recording). 

Zorita castle History
Archaeology in Zorita castle 
Stratigraphy and archaeological record
Archaeological drawing - ceramics

Workshop on osteology
Introduction to osteology: the human skeleton 
Anthropometry. Systematic measurements of standard parameters
Determination of size and sex.
Determination of age of death
Health of the population: degenerative diseases, deficiency diseases, infectious diseases, traumatic pathologies.

Weekend excursions
Toledo World Inheritage Town
Madrid with the National Archaeological Museum
Roman town of Segobriga
Pastrana/Visigothe site of Recopolis/Roman mine of lapis specularis

Zorita de los Canes is a tiny village (population: 70) in Guadalajara province, a 90-minute-drive east from Madrid. Located between the castle and the river Tajo, It has a charming little hotel, a restaurant over an old tower and a nice beach next to the remains of an old bridge. 
The group, including ArchaeoSpain staff, will be staying at Posada de Zorita Hotel, just five-minute walk down from the castle. The students will be sharing double rooms with bathroom and air conditioning.  
Program Fees:  US$2,100
Fees Include:
 Full Room and Board
Fieldwork training
 Seminars and workshops
Excursions and other activities
Medical Insurance
Transportation to and from airport
Application fee
 Administrative costs

Post ID#20981 - replied 11/26/2018 1:26 AM



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