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Field School Announcement
The Cova Gran Archeological Project: Pleistocene and Holocene Human Settlement in the Southeastern Pyrenees (Catalonia, Spain)
Sponsor: Institute for Field Research, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Connecticut College
Contact Information
Ran Boytner
This project will explore dramatic subsistence and social organization changes during the Palaeolithic, which are key to understanding last 50,000 years of human evolution. The South-eastern Pyrenees have a rich archaeological heritage, with human settlement spanning from the Late Middle Paleolithic to the Early Upper Paleolithic, Late Upper Paleolithic and Neolithic. This project focuses on the Cova Gran-Santa Linya site, which permits to analyze differences between Neanderthals and Modern humans around the MIS 3/2 limit. Cova Gran also contains deposits belonging to the late Upper Paleolithic, and the transition from hunter-gatherer to shepherd-farmers can be studied as well. Working alongside colleagues and students from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (, students will gain experience of a range of archaeological techniques and methods. Furthermore, this course will ensure direct to the core work with the archaeological record, heritage management and scientific research. Students will stay at the Alberg la Cova hostel (visit the hostel website by clicking here.), at the heart of Sant Llorenc de Montgai village. The village is approximately 30 km north of Lleida (Catalunya, Spain). The building has excellent facilities with communal space, kitchen, shower, laundry and free internet access. Sleeping bags are not necessary but students are welcome to bring them. Students will share communal bedrooms (6-8 people in each room). All team members must participate in setting tables for meals and do the washing up and clean common shared spaces after lunch and dinner (living room, bedroom and the yard). Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided by the program Mon-Sat. On Sundays, students may choose to take their meals at the different local restaurants in the area. While the project may accommodate some dietary needs, you must communicate directly with project directors to ensure your needs can be met in the field. In general, vegetarian diets may be afforded but other types of diet may be more challenging to be managed. Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs, as well as any medical or physical conditions. We will advise you accordingly. The project is used to catering for vegetarians, those with gluten intolerance etc. *Season Dates: June 30, 2013 - August 3, 2013 *Students will be awarded 8 semester credit units after completion of the field school. *For more information about the field school and other adventurous projects around the world, please visit us at:
Keywords: Paleolithic | Neolithic | Spain
This announcement will be displayed until: 07/01/2013
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