Location: Nájera, La Rioja, Spain
The Najerilla Valley Research Project is looking for fieldwork volunteers for Summer 2015. Our field project is located in La Rioja, Spain, in the charming medieval town of Nájera, on the ancient pilgrimage road to Santiago de Compostela.
Our goals for 2015 and 2016 are to investigate the patterns of urbanization and cultural transformation in northern Spain between the Late Roman period and the Middle Ages.
Our work this coming summer will focus on documenting standing medieval remains in and around the town of Nájera, including the former Jewish Quarter. In addition, we will be investigating the early medieval church of San Vicente del Valle, Burgos, which preserves many Roman inscriptions and architectural fragments in its structure, in order to better understand the relationship of this church to the surrounding area. We will also be working with material collected from these sites in local and provincial museums.
Participants will assist in a variety of tasks, gaining hands-on experience in survey, architectural measurement and drawing, Latin epigraphy, medieval ceramics, and mapping. No prior fieldwork experience is necessary. Accommodation will be in the town of Nájera.
Participants will gain credit for ART 586, Special Topics in the Art, Archaeology and Culture of Spain through Central Michigan University.
The program will start in Madrid, where participants will visit the National Archaeological Museum and the Prado Museum in order to learn about the material and cultural heritage of the peninsula. We will then move to Nájera to begin our fieldwork.
Weekends will include excursions to cultural sites in the region including:
More information can be found at the CMU Study Abroad website. For additional information, to apply, or if you have questions, send an email to the contact address.
Period(s) of Occupation: Roman, Medieval
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Four weeks
Room and Board Arrangements
Accommodation will be at a hotel in Nájera, Spain. Participants will be given lunches in the field and dinners at local restaurants in Nájera. Students will be responsible for their own breakfasts and all meals on weekends.