Portugal Companheira

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Location: 42PG+GH Loulé, Portugal

Season: July 4, 2022 to July 31, 2022

Session Dates: July 4-July31, 2022

Application Deadline: April 4, 2022

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Center for Field Sciences, Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behavior (ICArEHB) at the Universidade do Algarve (Portugal)

Project Director:
Dr. João Cascalheira and Dr. Nuno Bicho

Project Description:

The cave site of Companheira, Portimão, located in one of the most important estuaries in the southern Portuguese coast, offers excellent opportunities to investigate the regional adaptation of Neanderthals to a coastal/estuarine environment. The site consists of intact Middle Paleolithic deposits with exceptional organic material preservation, including both faunal and floral materials. These superb preservation qualities enable research that focuses on subsistence and technology, as well as, potentially, symbolic behavior.

Period(s) of Occupation: Middle Paleolithic

Tuition: $4,110. Tuition covers full cost of instruction, room & board, transportation while in the program and 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter credit units). Credit units are awarded through our School of Record -- Iowa Wesleyan University.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full length of the program

Minimum Age: 18 years old

Experience Required: None. However, this is hands-on, experiential learning and students will conduct archaeological field research in a cave site with a certain degree of difficulty in its access. Field work involves physical work and exposure to the elements and thus requires a measure of understanding that this will not be the typical university learning environment. You will have to work outdoors and will get sweaty and tired. Students are required to come equipped with sufficient excitement and adequate understanding that field work requires real, hard work, in the sun and wind. The work requires patience, discipline, and attention to detail.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Students will stay in a University residence located two minutes from the Gambelas Campus (where the archaeology laboratory is located), next to the Ria Formosa Natural Park and a few kilometers from Faro Beach and downtown Faro. The residence is composed of several apartments with double rooms, shared bathrooms, and a kitchen. Students can prepare and have breakfast in the apartment with supplies bought by the project. Dinner will always take place at the University’s cafeteria. The daily diet in Southern Portugal is Mediterranean diet and includes a wide diversity of food elements, including fish, shellfish, pork, beef, chicken, fresh vegetables, bread, beans, pasta, rice and potatoes. The cafeteria has vegetarian options but no alternatives for specialized diets such as vegan, kosher, etc.

Academic Credit:
8 Semester Credits Units (equivalent to 12 quarter credit units) through our School of Record -- Iowa Wesleyan University

Contact Information:

Dr. João Cascalheira

Los Angeles

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