Medieval Archaeological Fieldwork in

the Catalan Pyrenees


IRCVM-UB  - 22nd July– 5th August, 2016


Info: archaeology.camp@ub.edu


Application period: From February 1 to April 30, 2016.

Course Provisional Program [in PDF]


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This course will enable participants to gain first-hand experience of excavations at the medieval site of Els Altimiris, a monastic area dating from the 5th-8th centuries, located 900 meters above sea level in the Catalan Pyrenees.


To access the digging site, participants will hike for approximately one hour, giving them the chance to develop personal relationships and teamwork skills alongside their practical fieldwork experience, as well as enjoy the astonishing landscape, the wilderness.


The course lasts two weeks and is based mainly on fieldwork. Participants will dig every day.  The participants will visit medieval monuments, castles or other archaeological sites in same area, and at the same time they will attend several workshops and lectures linked with the fieldwork, such as analysis of ceramics or the use of GIS (Geographic Information System) for research.




During fieldwork, participants will learn to apply a wide range of techniques and procedures for the management of archaeological sites, thus introducing the students to tools and techniques, drawing of structures, compilation of archaeological records, archaeological photography, measurement instruments, security protocols, and sample collection for analytical work.


Considerations for prospective participants


The course is intended for those with a high level of training, and is particularly suitable for outstanding students from other universities. This course has been offered at the UB since 1992 and has regularly been attended by students from the Open University of Catalonia, the University of Zaragoza, the University of Poitiers, Michel de Montaigne University Bordeaux 3, and the University of Toulouse II. The course has contributed to the training of a number of successful archaeology professionals, researchers specializing in the Middle Ages.


The course is organized by leading professors in the field, with the backing of a renowned archaeology school. Therefore, the main focus is to offer participants one of the most attractive training experiences available to students anywhere in the world, in particular offering students from America and Canada who may not encounter these sorts of sites in their countries to obtain first-hand practical experience of medieval archaeological excavations.







In order to apply, the prospective participants need to be enrolled in a university as BA or MA students during the course 2015-2016, and they will receive a certificate, in case they need to transfer the credits to their home institution.


Please, be aware that to access the archaeological site there is a one-hour walk ascending through the forest (see the profile and get more information about the route here.


Participants are responsible for their own health insurance. Participants from the European Union, can request the European Health Insurance Card (more information here).

The organization will hire a liability insurance.


Fess and How to apply


The course fees are 1,750 EUR, and are inclusive of all meals, accommodation and transfers.


If you want to apply and be part of this experience, send the following form [PDF, WORD] , attaching an academic record from your University, and a brief curriculum vitae to the following e-mail address:




Deadline: April 30, 2016.

Communication of acceptance and rejections, May 15, 2016.


There are only 10 places. Selection of candidates will be based on academic and professional merits.




Accommodation and meals are included in the registration fee, also the first night in Barcelona, as well as transportation to and from the house (approximately 200 km from Barcelona city center).

Rooms will be assigned at the time of arrival.


Participants are requested to collaborate in the house maintenance, order, and other every-day activities, such as cleaning and basic tasks of maintenance


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