Dolmen of Quinta do Freixo, Redondo (Alentejo), Portugal (2014)
Aerial view of Quinta do Freixo 4 megalithic tomb
Mega team at the end of field seasonField trip at Monsaraz
Mega pipes concert

Location: Redondo, Portugal

Season Dates: August 3, 2014 - August 30, 2014
Session Dates: 1st session: August 3rd – 16th / 2nd session: August 17st – August 30th
Application Deadline: April 30, 2014


Program Type
Field school

Affiliation: PortAnta, Association for Iberian Archaeology

Project Director: Rui Boaventura (PortAnta) and Rui Mataloto (Municipality of Redondo)

Project Description

Throughout the Alentejo region (Portugal) thousands of dolmens can be seen scattering the landscape. Some of these tombs have been excavated, from which votive artifacts and sometimes human remains were recovered. Within a small cluster of tombs in the Redondo area of Alentejo, the dolmen of Quinta do Freixo has not yet been properly studied. In 2012 season, the excavation has revealed a tomb where at the corridor some ceramic recipients have been deposited. Also, that the chamber seems to be well preserved with little signs of being robbed. This year’s season of fieldwork will proceed with the excavation and trying to better understand the cultural and chronological context in which the tomb was built and used, and how many depositions can be found inside the chamber tomb.

Field school participants will receive instruction in excavation and surveying techniques, the handling and processing of artifacts, and the drawing of exposed archaeological features.

Graduate students and undergraduates serious about pursuing a career in archaeology and bioarchaeology are encouraged to apply. Program will run for 4 weeks with the possibility of 2 two week sessions. All applications will be considered, but preference will be given to applicants for 4 weeks session

Past participants have reported back that PortAnta excavation programs were both challenging and rewarding and that the training that they received during the course of their stay allowed them to continue on in their research on a more independent manner and on an advanced level.

During the field work program some field trips are expected to regional sites. The team of archaeologists responsible will be constituted by co-directors Rui Boaventura  and Rui Mataloto and archaeologist-instructors José Inverno and Bridget Mohr.


Period(s) of Occupation: Neolithic

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements

Participants will be housed at the town of Redondo and will sleep in bunk beds and have a shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. Breakfast and lunch are provided on weekdays. Students will need to provide their own meals for dinners and on weekends (grocery stores and restaurant are in easy walking distance). Students with special dietary restrictions or needs must contact us prior to the start of the project
Transportation to and from Portugal is at the participant's expense although transportation to and from the site, as well as field trips are provided by the project.
Also, transportation to and from Lisbon will be provided according to a set date and schedule.

Cost: €600.00 for a 2 week session and €1,100.00 for a 4 week session

Academic Credit
Number of credits offered: none

Contact Information
Rui Boaventura
Praça Augusto Cabrita, 1, 4ºD
Amadora, 2610-288
Phone: (0351)962742506

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