Aditu Medieval Archaeology Field School 2018

The Aditu Medieval Archaeology Field School is a research project investigating the origins of the medieval Sanctuary of San Miguel in Excelsis, at the top of the Aralar mountain in Navarre (Spain).

This research is part of a regional study that started with the associated monastic complex of Santa María de Zamartze in the municipality of Uharte-Arakil and extended into the nearby Sanctuary of San Miguel In Excelsis (both in Navarre, Spain). The main element in Santa María de Zamartze is a 12th century AD Romanesque church built on top of an earlier Roman mansio. Restoration works to the complex in 2005 revealed medieval graves and Roman structures. San Miguel de Aralar includes a church from the 9th century AD and a series of structures from even earlier periods.

Although previous excavations at San Miguel de Aralar have focused on the excavation of burials at the cemetery, the discovery of unusual and previously unknown structures associated to the Sanctuary in 2017 has led to the need for further investigation relating to the extent and purpose of these recently uncovered structures. This excavation will form part of the larger study of the population of this part of Navarre during the medieval period.

The field school is aimed at students or graduates of archaeology and associated disciplines, although if places are available it will be open to anyone that has an interest in developing their knowledge and skills in archaeological field methodology. The course will focus on excavation of the medieval structures at San Miguel de Aralar, but will also include lectures on excavation techniques, Basque archaeology, funerary archaeology, and relevant topics in field archaeology and processing of materials. Students will spend 7-8 hours per day engaged in field work or in the processing of materials recovered from the field. Throughout the course, students will become proficient in excavation procedures, field drawing, documentation, and find processing and analysis.

The field school will run concurrently with the Aditu Osteology Summer School which will allow students the opportunity to attend some lectures and hands-on activities related to the processing and analysis of human remains. Arrangements to participate in these activities can be arranged on site and at the discretion of the directors.

Session dates: July 3-27 or July 31-August 24
Accommodation: Board and accommodation will be provided at the Sanctuary, including self catering breakfast and lunch (ingredients provided), and a variety of dinners served in the restaurant at the site. All necessary facilities are provided (electricity, washing machine, equipped kitchen, TV, and internet access).

Cost: The cost per session (25 days) is 1750 Euros.

This fee includes accommodation, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on full work days, tuition, lectures and accident insurance. Air fare and medical insurance are not included and should be arranged by the participant.

Application deadline: May 31st, 2018.

Apply: For further information or to request an application, please contact


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