Archaeology of violence of the Spanish Civil War in Belchite and medieval city research.

Location: Belchite, Spain

Season: July 1, 2024 to July 28, 2024

Session Dates: DATES First team 1- 14 July. Second team 15-28 July.

Application Deadline: July 1, 2024

Deadline Type: Contact for Details


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Spanish Association of Military Archaeology (Asociación española de arqueología militar).

Project Director:
Alfonso Fanjul Peraza. Qualifications include: Doctorate in Archaeology, Autonomous University of Madrid; Degree in Prehistory, University of Salamanca; Degree in History, University of Oviedo; President, Spanish Association of Military Archaeology; Manager, Cuetu Civil War Museum, Lugones, Asturias; Recipient, several cultural research awards; Manager, numerous archaeological excavations relating to the civil war.

Project Description:

The target of the project on 2024 in the old quarter will be: 1- clearing the medieval quarter from which the last remaining troops made a desperate attempt to flee, and document in a map all the civil war materials.  2- Research on the origins of Belchite doing test in the medieval quarters. Our project will take place in the heart of the mediaeval town, between the Arab and Jewish quarters.


First team 1- 14 July.
Second team 15-28 July.
Daily trains and buses depart for Zaragoza from Madrid and Barcelona. From Zaragoza, there is a bus service to Belchite, making ten trips a day, that leaves from the central bus station. A timetable will be supplied.
Accommodation and food will be provided in the new village, just a 10-minute walk from the excavation site.

Travel insurance: It is essential to have travel insurance.
Climate and clothing: Due to high temperatures, you will need only summer clothing and you will need to bring sunscreen.
Necessities: If you need to purchase necessities or require medical attention, you will find supermarkets, a pharmacy and a medical centre in Belchite.

The fee for 15 days of fieldwork is €1000. This includes accommodation, three meals a day, work materials, and various lectures and cultural excursions.
BOOKING YOUR PLACE: Contact the director, Alfonso Fanjul. Email.
On the first day there will be a guided tour of the ruins of the old city, as an introduction to the project, and on the same day talks will be given on the history of the area, the work schedule for the project and safety guidelines for the works of clearing. Team members will work five days a week, leaving a day free to visit the battlefield and a rest day. Work at the excavation will begin at 7am on weekdays in order to avoid high midday temperatures. In the afternoon, after the lunch break, there will be laboratory tasks and a series of seminars on different aspects of the Spanish Civil War. Between lunch and the laboratory work, team members will have access to the municipal swimming pool. Dinner will be in a local restaurant.

Period(s) of Occupation: Spanish Civil War & medieval city.

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Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No needed.

Room and Board Arrangements:
ACCOMODATION Accommodation and food will be provided in the new village, just a 10-minute walk from the excavation site.

Academic Credit:
An offical certificate will be given by the Spanish Association of Military Archaeology (Asociación española de arqueología militar), with the number of hours on the field experience.

Contact Information:

Alfonso Fanjul Peraza





Phone: 679079076

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