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Najerilla River Research Project

Location: Nájera, La Rioja, Spain

June 1, 2015 to June 28, 2015

Session dates: 
June 1 - June 28, 2015

Application Deadline: 
Monday, February 2, 2015

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Program Type

Field school



Central Michigan University

Project Director:

Dr. Scott de Brestian, CMU, Dr. Victor Martinez, Monmouth College, Dr. Maria Milagros Martinez

Project Description

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:

  • The medieval monastery of San Millán de la Corolla

  • The Celtiberian city of Numantia, captured by the Romans in 133 B.C.
  • Burgos, home of El Cid
  • Logroño, the capital of La Rioja
  • Zaragoza, a major Roman and Islamic center

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

architecture, epigraphy, ceramics, mapping

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Four weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

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.

Program fee: $2350 - 2650 (includes lodging and weekday lunches and dinners) ----- Total estimated expenses: $4335-5035 + tuition (includes airfare, additional meals and extra spending money)

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Central Michigan University
Number of credits offered 3 credits
In-state tuition: $374 x 3 credit hours (undergraduate) ----- Out-of-state tuition: $789 x 3 credit hours (undergraduate)


Contact Information
Scott de Brestian
Central Michigan University, 133 Wightman Hall, 1202 S. Washington St.
Mount Pleasant