Castelo Velho de Safara – Summer Season

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Location: 7875 Safara, Portugal

Season: May 31, 2020 to July 26, 2020

Session Dates: 31st May - 14th June 14th June - 28th June 28th June - 12th July 12th July - 26th July

Application Deadline: May 1, 2020

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Institute of Archaeology, University College London

Project Director:
Mariana Nabais

Project Description:

Castelo Velho de Safara is an Iron Age and Roman Republican site (dating from the 4th to the 1st century BC). It is located in the south of Portugal, at the confluence of the rivers Ardila and Safareja. Positioned on a hilltop in a commanding position, it presents defensive walls and three ditches.

The residential area seems to be divided according to status, and evidence of metal work on site is confirmed. The site might have served as a trading post with important connections to the nearby mines of copper and silver, and with manufactured products from the Eastern Mediterranean. Castelo Velho de Safara has been known about since the 1970s, but no archaeological excavation has been conducted until 2018.

Period(s) of Occupation: Iron Age (4th century BC) Roman Republican (1st century BC)

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements:
Room: SWAD staff and students are provided with accommodation in a shared house in Safara, in the village centre. The house has four bedrooms that accommodate three or four students each. The kitchen, the two bathrooms, the living room and the terrace are also shared, so it is the group’s responsibility to keep them clean and tidy. A rota with basic cleaning tasks will be designed to be carried out by all participants. You can get public wi-fi at the village’s main square (a two-minute walk from the house). Board: Three meals and a morning snack are provided on working days. Breakfast will happen at home and students will prepare it themselves. Every participant should prepare a morning snack before leaving the house in the morning, which commonly consists of a cheese sandwich and fruit. Lunch and dinner will be in the village centre, in Casa do Povo. We will do our best to accommodate students with special dietary requirements or food allergies, but those candidates must contact us before the beginning of the project. Students will have the pleasure of eating traditional Portuguese food from the Alentejo region.

Academic Credit:
We are happy to sign any forms you may need so you can get academic credit. University College London are automatically credited.

Contact Information:

Mariana Nabais


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