Location: Belchite, Zaragoza, Spain
The International Brigades Archaeology Project – IBAP, is a brand new initiative aiming to explore the conflict archaeology of the landscapes encountered by the volunteers of the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). This year, 2014, will be the first season in the field for IBAP which, it is planned, will run for a minimum of four years. The project will focus around the environs of the small Aragonese town of Belchite, which saw fierce fighting in both 1937 and 1938. The town was nearly obliterated during the fighting, and its ruins have remained as a memorial to the war.
This is a pioneering project, since it is the first Spanish-British (and international) initiative aiming to study the broad battlescape of a specific region – especially one as iconic as that of Belchite. Over four years, IBAP plans to carry out excavations of both Republican and Nationalist (Fascist) fortified sites around the town, and to undertake landscape surveys: including field investigations of the extensive trench systems around 12 kilometres to the North. These are all sites of memory as well as ‘traditional archaeological’ sites, and equally, a POW camp and a forced labour camp will also be explored. The principal investigator, Dr. Alfredo González-Ruibal, is a leading authority on the archaeology of the Spanish Civil War, and on modern conflict archaeology, and the archaeology of the contemporary past. Further, and fuller, information can be found on the project website.
Period(s) of Occupation: 20th Century Conflict - Spanish Civil War
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Two weeks
Room and Board Arrangements
Accomodation is provided in houses in the village of Codo (around 15 minutes by car from Belchite) and/or in in the small town of New Belchite. All accomodation will be two persons to a room (there are no options for single rooms). All meals are provided, from breakfast (which will be self service) to snacks and beverages in the field, a picnic lunch on site, and full evening meals in a local restaurant.
Academic CreditNumber of credits offered: none