Location: Redondo, Portugal
The incineration necropolis of Tera is located outside the town of Pavia (near Évora) and dates do the fifth century B.C.E. This site has been excavated during various campaigns over the last five years and has yielded an amazing amount of burial urns with incinerated remains. This program will focus on the excavation of those urns, already taken from the site, and proper recording, excavation methodologies and identification of individuals and remains which have been stored within these containers for some 2,500 years.
The work already conducted here allows for some clarity regarding the complex rituals associated with the burial customs at the site. The other incinerations, were, mainly, deposited in urns that were then placed in a small pit and were associated with various personal items of the deceased. After deposition, the pits were then covered with rocks.
The spolia here are diverse and consist of perfume and imported unguentarian vessels, necklace beads, glass and fibulas. The burial goods may allow for a better understanding of the social stratification from this period. On the other hand, the anthropological data may supply relevant information regarding the life and death of Iron Age people in the Alentejo. When possible, the work here will focus on the pathology, dietary habits and ages of the individuals interred here.
Period(s) of Occupation: Iron Age
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 3 weeks
Room and Board Arrangements
Academic CreditNumber of credits offered: none