In het kort:

Soort werk
Archeologie, Handarbeid
1 t/m 12 augustus
Sustainable Development Goals
15. Leven op het land
Aantal deelnemers
5 (2 mannen en 3 vrouwen)

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The work implies: meticulous (but technically simple) digging in clayey sand (with fine tools, such as trowels and brushes); drawing sketches (for the occurrence of the findings) on top of photographic prints of excavated soil surfaces (or as CAD-layers on digital images on tablets); collecting ancient artifacts on bags with adequate labeling and packaging (according to fragility); taking photos of the findings in situ; Sieving the sediments (collected in buckets) under hose water-jet (on a protected shadowed sieving installation, just outside the cave) for collecting the interesting small objects (previously unnoticed during digging); cleaning artifacts and unique identification labelling; Screening micro-fossil assemblages (seeds, charcoal, micro-mammal bones).

Accommodatie en maaltijden

Participants will stay overnight in the well-equipped installations of the Scouts Centre of the town (Ferreira do ZEzere), twenty minutes (by bus) from the Avecasta cave. They will use large collective dormitories with several bunk-beds which are supported by 8 WCs and 2 large bathrooms (masculine and amp; feminine) with many (hot-water) showers. Breakfast and dinner will be served (around 8.00 and 19.00) in a well-equipped canteen (CRIFZ ( with traditional Portuguese food but where a vegetarian choice may be previewed); Lunch (and tea-break in the afternoon) will be taken in the field.

Locatie en vrije tijd

Ferreira do Zezere. The Avecasta cave large-hall with its high vault (like a natural cathedral, frankly open to the exterior) is a very pleasant (and beautiful) place for staying and digging in days journeys. The atmosphere is always fresh (but dry in Summer) and inspired by the wild beautiful and dense oak forest around, which is part of a Nature Protected NATURA 2000 site. The modern village of Avecasta, nearby, is well preserved in what concerns traditional and old rural architecture.


The Avecasta Cave-Settlement International Archaeological Working Camp is taken place in Central Portugal (Areias - Ferreira do ZEzere (FZ)). The archaeological site is unique: a vast (hall-shaped) cave, its associated karts doline (on a densely wild forested hill) which has been occupied for many centuries, mostly from the Neolithic till the dawn of the Modern Age - a unique collection of overlapping villages extraordinarily well preserved in muddy clay. The excavation is meticulous, dismounting layer by layer the ancient dwelling ground-surfaces with their domestic and artisanal structures and implies a plural scientific approach, where natural sciences, physical-chemistry (archaeometry) and geomatics (3D registration and virtualization) join the traditional archaeological disciplines






PT-IPJ 12.3


Soort werk






Aantal vrijwilligers

5 (2 mannen en 3 vrouwen)


18 t/m 30 jaar


Sustainable Development Goal

Het inschrijfgeld voor dit project bedraagt € 295, exclusief € 50 studentenkorting.

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