Fieldwork

Field School for Quaternary Palaeoanthropology and Prehistory of Murcia, S.E. Spain, 30th Field Season at Cueva Negra and Sima de las Palomas

Location: Murcia, MU, ES

Season: June 28, 2019 to August 9, 2019

Session Dates: Session 1: Friday June 28 – Friday July 19, 2019, at Cueva Negra del Estrecho del Río Quípar (Caravaca, Murcia, Spain). Session 2: Friday July 19 – Friday August 9, 2019, at Sima de las Palomas del Cabezo Gordo (Torre Pacheco, Murcia, Spain).

Application Deadline: June 14, 2019

Deadline Type: Contact for details

Website: http://www.mupantquat.com

Program Type:
Field school

RPA Certified:
no

Affiliation:
Murcian Association for the Study of Palaeoanthropology and the Quaternary, MUPANTQUAT http://www.mupantquat.com MUPANTQUAT is a nonprofit organisation, registered with the Murcian Regional public authority, and it has official agreements of collaboration signed with Murcia University (which arranges 3rd-party-liability indemnity and personal accident insurance cover for participants) and the city councils of Caravaca and Torre Pacheco.

Project Director:
Emeritus Professor Michael J. Walker, Dept. of Zoology & Physical Anthropology, Murcia University, Spain; Chairperson, MUPANTQUAT Archaeologist Mariano López-Martínez, Secretary, MUPANTQUAT Dr María Haber-Uriarte, Dept. of Prehistory & Archaeology, Murcia, University Spain; Deputy Chairperson, MUPANTQUAT

Project Description:

The main objective of the research project is to increase the finds of Pleistocene hominin fossils, Palaeolithic artifacts, palaeontological remains, and evidence of fire, by excavation at two sites, Cueva Negra (Black Cave) del Estrecho del Río Quípar de La Encarnación and Sima de las Palomas (Dove Hole) del Cabezo Gordo de Dolores de Pacheco, in the Spanish province of Murcia. An important objective is to compare and contrast how Neanderthal folk and their H. heidelbergensis forebears  used natural resources near to the sites, which are in very different local environments. The results will be of importance in developing research into fossil man of the ice age in Mediterranean Spain. Fieldwork since the early 1990’s has very significantly increased the numbers of Pleistocene hominin remains, as well as the Middle Palaeolithic stone tools and Middle-early Late Pleistocene faunal remains, and the earliest remains of a fire from a Palaeolithic site in Europe. The results are greatly helping to extend our knowledge about H. heidelbergensis and H. neanderthalensis, their origins and their lifeways. 

Field-School for Quaternary Palaeoanthropology and Prehistory of Murcia, S.E. Spain.

Session 1: Fri June 28 – Fri July 19, 2019, at Cueva Negra del Estrecho del Río Quípar (Caravaca, Murcia, Spain).

Session 2: Fri July 19 – Fri August 9, 2019, at Sima de las Palomas del Cabezo Gordo (Torre Pacheco, Murcia, Spain).

Contact: Professor Michael J. Walker, Department of Zoology and Physical Anthropology, Biology Faculty, Murcia University, 30100 Murcia, Spain.

Email    mjwalke@gmail.com

http ://www.mupantquat.com

Descr.

Excavation and instruction at Pleistocene Palaeolithic sites with hominid remains:

Cueva Negra: late-Early-to-early-Middle Pleistocene transition about 800,000 years ago, with “pre-Neanderthal” Homo heidelbergensis teeth and Acheulo-Levalloiso-Mousteroid alaeolithic implements;

Sima de las Palomas: early Late (i.e. Upper) Pleistocene about fifty-thousand years ago, with abundant Homo neanderthalensis skeletal remains and Mousterian alaeolithic implements. 

Period

Session 1, June 28– July 19, 2019; Session 2, July 19–August 9, 2019.

Country

Spain

Location

Session 1: Cueva Negra del Estrecho del Río Quípar (Caravaca, Murcia, Spain);

Session 2: Sima de las Palomas del Cabezo Gordo (Torre Pacheco, Murcia, Spain)

Travel

Participants will be picked up by our staff at Murcia Airport in the late afternoons of June 28 and July 19 to be driven to our bases, and driven back to it for homebound journeys on July 28 and August 9 for flights departing after 1 pm (13.00 h).

Participants wishing to make alternative travel arrangements should consult us beforehand, but it mayn’t be possible to meet you so you may have to make your own way to our bases or back to the airport.

Duration

Two three-week sessions. In order to get the most out of their stay we strongly recommend participants to stay for one full session at least. 

Age         

Minimum 18

Qualif.

Previous experience is not essential though preference is given to undergraduates and graduates in appropriate subject areas.

Work

All participants take part in excavation and cleaning and sorting finds, and will receive both practical instruction and talks about our research and about human evolution and Palaeolithic archaeology in the Pleistocene.

Lang.

English; knowledge of Spanish is not necessary (though nice for you if you have some).

Accom.

Bunks in schools with showers etc. Light breakfast, mid-morning sandwich, cooked lunch, cooked evening meal. Vegetarian, halal, or kosher menus are NOT available. Bring your own sheets and towel.

Cost

50 euros per night includes bed, meals, instruction, local travel from airport and back, daily travel from our base to site and back, official excursions. You must pay your own air fares to Murcia Airport and personal expenses. (For periods of less than one full session the charge is 60 euros per night; for two full sessions the charge is reduced to 45 euros per night.). (You are insured for 3rd-party liability indemnity and personal accident through the agreement with Murcia University whose insurer (Helvetica in 2018) includes you in the MU insurance policies that cover MU students and personnel.)

Applic.

There is no application form: send a letter by email with c.v. attached to  mjwalke@gmail.com

Visit our web-site http://www.mupantquat.com, click on Union Jack flag, go to Field School, look for the pdf of a long download called Briefing You, save it and read it carefully.

A non-returnable deposit in advance is required of 250 euros per each 7 days of intended stay or part thereof, with the balance payable on arrival. Preference is given to applicants wishing to stay for a full 3-week session (or longer) whose deposits have been received by May first 2019.

Notes

We issue attendance certificates with number of hours of practical experience and instruction. Although US college credit is NOT available from us, undergrad US college students often can arrange beforehand with their faculty professors to gain credit for participation by presenting papers about it after their return home and we are willing to assist in orientating them during their period on site. We sign certificates of attendance issued by universities and colleges to their students who attend our Field School and excavations; such certificates of compliance with their practical course-work curricular programs are required by many UK and Commonwealth universities, and those of some other countries, to demonstrate fulfilment of undergraduate degree requirements.

Period(s) of Occupation: Palaeolithic

Notes:
Field School for Quaternary Palaeoanthropology and Prehistory of Murcia, S.E. Spain; 30th Annual Field Season.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: One complete session is recommended. You can stay for both sessions.

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No experience is required but preference is given to undergraduate and graduates studying relevant fields of knowledge.

Room and Board Arrangements:
  Cueva Negra helpers will be accomodated throughout in Caravaca de la Cruz at the "Colegio Público "Ascruz" de Educación Especial" (Residential Public School "Ascruz" for Disabled Children). The children are away on holiday when we use the school. There are hot and cold showers and conventional sanitation, in separate men's and women's facilities. Meals are provided in a dining room. There is a common room and also a large well-lit workshop where we wash and sort our finds. There are bunks in separate men's and women's dormitories. A separate room may be made available for a couple, depending on how many people we are altogether and how many dormitories we need. You need only bring towel, sheets and pillowslip. You must bring soap or shower-gel and shampoo. Our cooks-cum-housekeepers take men's dirty clothes one day alternating with women's clothes another day, for washing separately in the large industrial washing-machine at the school, which can only work with full loads; once washed, the clothes are hung out on the washing-line to dry, before being ready for you again. There is an iron if you want to use one. All of us have to make our own beds and help keep dormitories tidy, and keep toilets clean by using the lavatory brushes. A professional cleaning staff sweeps and mops the floors and bathrooms. Sima de las Palomas helpers will be accomodated throughout in the village of Dolores de Pacheco, where we take three meals a day at the at the restaurant of the "Centro Cívico" (Civic Centre) which has its own cooks. 400 metres away, we sleep in bunks in separate men's and women's dormitories, converted temporarily for us from class-rooms in the roomy village school which has showers with hot and cold water. We use large class-rooms for washing and sorting finds. A separate room may be made available for a couple should this be requested in advance. We use the village swimming pool and its shower block with hot and cold showers, which is half-way between the Civic Centre and the school. You need bring only towel, sheets and pillowslip. You must bring soap or shower-gel and shampoo. We collect men's dirty clothes one day, alternating with women's clothes another day, for washing separately in a large industrial washing-machine and drier at a nearby establishment, which can only work with full loads. All of us have to make our own beds and help keep dormitories tidy, and keep toilets clean by using the lavatory brushes. A professional cleaning staff sweeps and mops the floors and bathrooms. FOOD - All meals you take are included in the charge. This way we pay for the food and cooks whose responsibility it is to organize the catering. Our Spanish cooks at both the Caravaca "Ascruz" Residential School and the Dolores de Pacheco Civic Centre are of the highest calibre. We CANNOT, alas, offer either "Vegan" menus or kosher or halal cooking. Helpers may NOT use the kitchens to cook for themselves. Special diets CANNOT be provided, and that goes for vegetarians too, although those non-rigid vegetarians who eat fish, shell-fish, milk, cheese, yoghurt, and eggs, or who have no objection to sauces or soups based on strained meat or chicken broths, will find they will easily get enough to eat if they simply avoid eating pieces of actual meat; eggs or cheese can readily be supplied for them if they feel hungry --"Vegans" and all others who adhere rigid to particular dietary restrictions CANNOT BE CATERED FOR.  Murcian lunches and dinners are invariably accompanied by communal platters of mixed salad, and there is no shortage of fresh fruit.  For further information, go to BROCHURE ("Briefing You in 2019") Cost: Attendance at a 21-day session involves your contribution of 50 euros per night (1,050 euros in all), which includes bed, full board, laundry, instruction on site and in field lab, talks, seminars, excursions, and local transport within Murcia including to and from Murcia Airport provided that your arrival/departure in 2019 is on June 28, July 19 or August 9. Attendance at both 21-day sessions allows a 10% discount (1,890 euros in all). Attendance for fewer than 21 days is rated at 60 euros per night and only permitted if there are spare places. You must pay for your own travel to and from Murcia Airport.

Academic Credit:
Not offered (see Notes and BROCHURE "Briefing You in 2019"). Attendance certificates are awarded indicating dates and total number of hours attended; attendance at one full session = 160 hours (= 8 hours daily for 20 days). credits offered by Not offered (see Notes and BROCHURE "Briefing You in 2019") Attendance certificates are awarded indicating dates and total number of hours attended; attendance at one full session = 160 hours (= 8 hours daily for 20 days). . Tuition is There are seminars on relevant topics and on-site instruction in excavation and field lab techniques For further information see BROCHURE "Briefing You in 2019".

Contact Information:


Professor Michael Walker

Dept of Zoology & Physical Anthropology, Biology Faculty, Campus Universitario de Espinardo Edificio 20, Universidad de Murcia

Murcia

Murcia

30100

Spain

mjwalke@gmail.com

Phone: -620267070

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