Celtic-Iron Age Necropolis of Pintia
Padilla de Duero
- This project is examining the following period[s] : Iron Age, Roman
Students who join our team will be uncovering tombs at the Celtic-Iron Age necropolis and Roman settlement of Pintia. Over the past decade the excavation has focused on the necropolis used by the Vaccean culture, an Iron Age people with Celtic links, between the 4th century BC and the 1st century.
Over the years our archaeological crews have excavated around 300 cremation tombs, containing warriors, women, and children. Research in this area and the study of the war-related and culturally related artifacts are helping investigators understand the social organization of these pre-Roman peoples.
For example, a few years ago we excavated 44 tombs containing around 600 man-made artifacts. In one section around 100 giant limestone slabs (some weighing nearly a metric ton) covered the tombs, which protected them from subsequent farming and left the funerary jars and grave goods in excellent condition. The artifacts recovered included daggers, broaches, spear points, grills, knives, tongs, tweezers, shaving blades, and necklaces.
Archaeologists will teach students about excavation methodology and artifact recovery. There will be several seminars and workshops on related archaeological topics, plus excursions to nearby historical sites.
This coming summer we will continue digging in the necropolis in June and July. Students will learn excavation techniques (from picks and shovels to fine-tool excavation at tomb level), archaeological mapping, and how to extract and process artifacts ranging from 2,500-year-old swords to children’s toys. You will also learn how to take samples of the biological materials found in the cremation jars, excavation photography, and how to clean and classify bones.
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- Director/ Project Organiser: Dr. Carlos Sanz, University of Valladolid
- Organisation or Institution: University of Valladolid and ArchaeoSpain
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30 May- 16 June; 20 June - 7 July; 11 - 28 July 2016
US$1,690 per session
Fee includes room and board, seminars, excursions, airport transportation, medical insurance, application fee.