Prehistoric Bedmar, Spain - Institute for Field Research


Location: Bedmar, Cordoba, Spain

Season: 
July 7, 2019 to August 3, 2019

Application Deadline: 
Friday, April 5, 2019

Deadline Type: 
Rolling

Flyer: PDF icon syllabus-spain-bedmar-2019.pdf

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified

no

Affiliation:

Fundación Instituto de Investigación y Evolución Humana, Connecticut College, Institute for Field Research

Project Director:

Dr. Marco Antonio Bernal Gomez

Project Description

Bedmar is a beautiful town in the province of Cordoba, in southern Spain. Here, in the Serrezuela mountain range, members of the Fundación Instituto de Investigación y Evolución Humana (FIPEH) have identified archaeological sites that point to human presence dating from 100,000 to 4,000 Before Present (BP). In 2017, a cave called Cueva del Rio Cuadros, was identified and found to extend over 400 meters. At the entrance, there are human remains and ceramic sherds which date the site to the Bronze Age (4,000 BP). Further inside the cave, several burial structures were found along the corridor – some of them are rooms walled with rocks, and at least one of them contains human remains. The cave also contains paintings possibly dating to the upper Paleolithic (50,000 – 10,000 BP). Our goal for the 2019 field season is to better understand the populations inhabiting the Sierra Magina in prehistoric times through excavation and analysis of the remains recovered from the Cueva del Rio Cuadros site and surrounding environs. We will work to determine the chronology of the site by studying the paintings, human bones, and archaeological material. We will also attempt to determine the size of the site by means of topological study of the cave.

Period(s) of Occupation: Prehistoric Cave Archaeology

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Participants are required to stay for the full duration of the field school.

Minimum age: 
18

Experience required: 
No prior experience is required to participate in this field school.

Room and Board Arrangements

Accommodations are in shared rooms (4-6 beds) located in Municipal Dormitory (Residencia Municipal) in the town of Bedmar. Pillows and sheets are provided. Rooms are equipped with AC. Bathrooms are shared, and each is equipped individual showers. The common areas are cleaned once a week by professional cleaners. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided 7 days a week at the residence. It is based on a Mediterranean diet. There will be special recipes for those who have dietary restrictions such as diabetes, allergies or gluten intolerance and vegetarians.

Cost: 
Room and Board is included in the tuition of this field school.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Connecticut College
Number of credits offered 8 Semester Credits
Tuition: 
$4,530

Location

Contact Information
Institute for Field Research
2999 Overland Ave. Suite 103
Los Angeles
California
United States
90064
Telephone: 
4242091173
Recommended Bibliography: 

Cortés Sánchez, M., et al., The Mesolithic–Neolithic transition in southern Iberia, Quat. Res. (2012), doi:10.1016/j.yqres.2011.12.  

Zapata, Lydia & Peña-Chocarro, Leonor & Perez, Guillem & Stika, Hans-Peter. (2004). Early Neolithic Agriculture in the Iberian Peninsula. Journal of World Prehistory. 18. 283-325. 10.1007/s10963-004- 5621-4.

Martín Socas, Dimas & Massieu, María & Caro, José & Javier Rodríguez-Santos, F. (2017). The beginning of the Neolithic in Andalusia. Quaternary International. 10.1016/j.quaint.2017.06.057.

Leonor Peña-Chocarro *, Lydia Zapata ** (2010), Neolithic agriculture in the southwestern Mediterranean región.

Neus Isern & Joaquim Fort & António Faustino Carvalho & Juan F. Gibaja & Juan José Ibañez, The Neolithic Transition in the Iberian Peninsula: Data Analysis and Modeling, J Archaeol Method Theory (2014) 21:447–460 DOI 10.1007/s10816-013-9193-4

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RECOMMENDED READINGS

Francisco CONTRERAS CORTÉS, Juan Antonio CÁMARA SERRANO, Auxilio MORENO ONORATO, Gonzalo ARANDA JIMÉNEZ, LAS SOCIEDADES ESTATALES DE LA EDAD DEL BRONCE EN EL ALTO GUADALQUIVIR (PROYECTO PEÑALOSA. FASE). V CAMPAÑA DE EXCAVACIONES (2001),

https://www.ugr.es/~fccortes/curriculum/anuario2001.pdf

FRANCISCO CONTRERAS CORTÉS (*) JUAN ANTONIO CÁMARA SERRANO (*) RAFAEL LIZCANO PRESTEL (*) CRISTÓBAL PÉREZ BAREAS (*) BEATRIZ ROBLEDO SANZ (**) GONZALO TRANCHO GALLO (**), ENTERRAMIENTOS Y DIFERENCIACION SOCIAL lo EL REGISTRO FUNERARIO DEL YACIMIENTO DE LA EDAD DEL BRONCE DE PEÑALOSA (BAÑOS DE LA ENCINA, JAEN), TRABAJOS DE PREHISTORIA 52, n.o 1, 1995,

pp. 87-108,  http://tp.revistas.csic.es/index.php/tp/article/viewFile/433/448

JUAN ANTONIO CÁMARA SERRANO * y FERNANDO MOLINA GONZÁLEZ *, Armed conflict traces in Southeastern Iberia Late Prehistory: The Chalcolithic study case, CPAG 23, 2013, 99-132. ISSN: 2174-8063

GONZALO ARANDA JIMÉNEZ (*) FERNANDO MOLINA GONZÁLEZ (*), ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELDWORKS IN THE BRONZE AGE SITE OF CERRO DE LA ENCINA (MONACHIL, GRANADA), TRABAJOS DE PREHISTORIA 62,

n.o 1, 2005, pp. 165 a 179, https://www.webgea.es/doc/pub_tp62(1).pdf

EVA MARÍA MONTES MOYA, LAS PRÁCTICAS AGRÍCOLAS EN LA ALTA ANDALUCÍA A TRAVÉS DE LOS

ANÁLISIS CARPOLÓGICOS (Desde la Prehistoria Reciente al S. II d.n.e.), 2014, INSTITUTO UNIVERSITARIO DE INVESTIGACIÓN EN ARQUEOLOGÍA IBÉRICA DEPARTAMENTO DE PATRIMONIO HISTÓRICO UNIVERSIDAD DE JAEN, ISBN 978-84-8439-879-0. http://oa.upm.es/10267/2/PARTE-2.pdf