Location: Larache, MA
Season: July 1, 2018 to July 28, 2018
Deadline Type: Rolling
Institut National des Sciences de l'Archéologie et du Patrimoine (INSAP), University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT-Knoxville)
Prof. Aomar Akerraz (INSAP) and Prof. Stephen A. Collins-Elliott (UT-Knoxville)
The multi-year archaeological project Gardens of the Hesperides: The Rural Archaeology of the Loukkos Valley comprises a joint Moroccan-American (INSAP-University of Tennessee) initiative to survey and reconstruct the economic development of the Loukkos valley around the ancient city of Lixus (near Larache, Morocco)—a major entrepôt along the Atlantic coast, and in classical mythology, one of the purported locations of the Gardens of the Hesperides.
The project has four primary objectives:
The 2018 season continues the program of survey following the completion of the 2016 and 2017 seasons, toward the completion of the first goal. This survey combines both intensive fieldwalking and extensive methods, and is open to volunteers. No archaeological experience is required. Participants with experience and interest in computational digital approaches to archaeology, as well as those with an interest in ecological and environmental approaches, are encouraged. Participants will receive training in all aspects of archaeological survey. Weekend site-trips to cities, museums, and key archaeological sites such as Tangier, Tamuda, Volubilis, and Chellah will also enrich participants’ experience and understanding of Morocco’s archaeological heritage.
Period(s) of Occupation: Mauretanian, Roman, Medieval
Interested participants should contact Prof. Collins-Elliott directly for further details about the season.
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Age: 18
Experience Required: No experience required.
Room and Board Arrangements:
Project participants are housed in modern apartments in the city of Larache. Meals are provided by the project from Monday through Saturday. Breakfast is taken in your apartment, with a morning snack and lunch in the field. Dinners are communal, with each evening's meal prepared by local cooks, consisting of traditional Moroccan cuisine. Please let the project director know of any dietary restrictions! Cost: There are no project fees for participants: travel to and from Morocco and travel/health insurance are the participant's responsibility.
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