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Location: Proença-a-Nova, CASTELO BRANCO, PT
Season: July 16, 2018 to August 5, 2018
Application Deadline: May 31, 2018
Upper Tagus Study Association (AEAT) Proença-a-Nova Municipality Universities of Oporto, Coimbra and Évora (Portugal) Alcalá de Henares University (Spain) Hercules Laboratory and The Art History and Artistic Research Centre (CHAIA), Évora University Institute of Earth Sciences EMERITA, Ltd. Superficie Geomatica, Ltd. Naturtejo Global Geopark
Mário Mascarenhas Monteiro
This project focuses on late 18th and early 19th centuries military structures, namely the Battery of Batarias 1, which had a first season of excavations held in 2016. This battery, on the hill-slope, worked in conjunction with Fort of Batarias 1 (which occupies the top of the hill and was already excavated and musealized), both structures being part of a Defensive Line constructed in 1762 for the Seven Years’ War, and restructured in 1801 in the context of the War of the Oranges, involving Portugal, Spain and France. To this date, this military structure has been the focus of archaeological surveying and excavation at the Achada Battery in Vila Velha de Ródão, and at the Fort of Batarias 1 in Proença-a-Nova.
The work programmed for 2018 is integrated in the Talhadas-Moradal Defensive Line and includes a project conceived within the scope of the Auri Tagus Programme from the Upper Tagus Study Association, and a plan for the construction of a Visitors’ Centre for the Forts and Batteries at the village of Sobreira Formosa, under the auspices of the Proença-a-Nova Town Hall.
Period(s) of Occupation: Late 18th and early 19th centuries AD
Peninsular War; War of the Oranges; Late Modern Military Defensive Structures
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Two weeks
Minimum Age: 18
Experience Required: None
Room and Board Arrangements:
Primary accomodation is at the Proença-a-Nova Seminary, belonging to the Catholic Church, where the organizers provide individual accomodation and breakfast, as well as free wireless internet access. Alternatively the organizers may provide hotel accommodation (four stars) with breakfast, access to the pool, gymnasium and sauna, as well as free wireless internet access to those volunteers that require it (with a consequent increase of the fees). All meals, with the exception of breakfast, will be taken at a local restaurant. For participants outside the Iberian Peninsula, transportation from and to the Lisbon International Airport and translation to English will be provided. Cost: 750,00 € for two weeks 1100,00 € for the whole three weeks
Mário Mascarenhas Monteiro
Município de Proença-a-Nova
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