Federico Wattenberg Center for Vaccean Studies (University of Valladolid)

Dig in Pintia: complete your academic background and live the adventure of pre-Roman History in Spain

An unforgettable experience learning Archaeology

The Pintia Project finances itself through several programs, such as the Volunteer Program, the support of the Asociación Cultural Pintia, the publication of Vaccea Anuario, guided tours, our Online Shop, Doceo Program (Archaeology for children), and most importantly, the excavation initiatives.

Fieldwork at Pintia takes place primarily in the summer, in order to avoid overlapping with the academic year calendar at Spanish and international universities. Working at Pintia is open to all who want to participate and who comply with the requirements, modalities and prices for each program.

Do you dare to discover the history of the Vaccean people?
Do you dare to discover the history of the Vaccean people?
Programs offered for 2022
• International Theoretical and Hands-On Archaeological Courses (ArchaeoPintia)
• Archaeology for children: Doceo Program
• Volunteer Program
Archaeology in Family Program

ArchaeoPintia: International Theoretical and Hands-On Courses


● Intended for any person of legal age interested in Archaeology, with or without experience.
● Duration: 3 weeks, 150 teaching hours.
● Limited number of places available: 12.
● Contact: Matt de la Mota (+34 629 113 605, matias@pintiavaccea.es: English/French).

The Course will take place within the XXXII Excavation Campaign in the Pintia Archaeological Zone and has, as a logistical support, the facilities of the Federico Wattenberg Center for Vaccean Studies of the University of Valladolid in Padilla de Duero. The intensive program is 150 teaching hours long based field work, through the exhumation of the rich archaeological heritage that this site contains, workshops and seminars and conferences on different methodological and cultural aspects.

Dates: from the 11th of July to the 31st of July 2022.

Programmed activities

Monday, 11th of July: at 11:30 a.m., pick-up at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas International Airport, in Terminal 1 meeting point, and transport to Padilla de Duero. Reception and accommodation at the Federico Wattenberg Center for Vaccean Studies research facilities. Students who wish to travel by their own means to Padilla de Duero must be at the CEVFW before 2:00 p.m.

Excavation and lab-workshop schedule
○ Morning: 6:30 to 12:30 a.m. Field work in the city of Las Quintanas:
● excavation of the different stratigraphic levels of a Vaccean domestic habitat (4th to 1st centuries BC), to understand the daily life of these pre-Roman people and to establish the existence of various categories of occupancy by obtaining heat-altered samples, and their dating by paleomagnetism;
● registration systems: preparation of the excavation diary, topography/planimetry and photography; records and initial treatment of the findings;
in situ consolidation: preservation systems for the various archaeological materials during the excavation process.

○ Afternoon: 17:30 to 20:30 p.m. Laboratory work in the CEVFW facilities, from the workshop to the warehouse: collection of samples for waste analysis; consolidation, washing, gluing and reconstruction; manual coding, inventory, photography and drawing of the pieces; different material storage systems, packaging and location; seminars and conferences.

During these programmed hours fieldwork and/or lab-workshops will be offered alternatively. These schedules may vary due to weather conditions or other specific needs of the different services and programs at CEVFW.

Historical visits
Monday, 11th of July: guided visit to the surroundings of Pintia: hills of Pajares (Padilla de Duero), Las Pinzas (Curiel de Duero) and Landecastro (Torre de Peñafiel); these visits will allow students to understand the territorial influence of the Vaccean city.
Tuesday, 12th of July: guided visit to the different areas of the Archaeological Site and a tour along the Duero rivershore.
Tuesday, 19th of July: a guided natural trail to the Natural Park of Las Hoces del Duratón and to the chapel shrine of San Frutos (Segovia); picnic lunch and canoeing.
Tuesday, 26th of July: visit to Valladolid and afterwards the official campaign presentation (photo finish). Free afternoon in Valladolid.

Breaks-leisure days
Monday, the 18th of July and the 25th of July. Private transport will be offered, on these dates, to Peñafiel, a nearby town.

Seminars. In order to obtain a first approach to Vaccean Archaeology and to some of the cataloging procedures and its necessary studies, the following seminars and conferences have been planned:
○ «The Vacceans I», by Prof. Carlos Sanz.
○ «The Vacceans II», by Prof. Carlos Sanz.
○ «Human and animal Osteology», by Profs. Mercedes Barbosa. Félix de Paz and Francisco Pastor.
○ «Recording system and Vaccean cultural material. I. Ceramic», by José Carlos Coria.
○ «Vaccean cultural material. II. Metalwork», by Elvira Rodríguez.
○ «Archaeological drawing», by Prof. Luis Pascual Repiso.

Monday, the 1st of August: at 8:00 a.m., departure from Padilla de Duero to Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas International Airport, Terminal 1.

Lodging. Accommodation will be offered at the CEVFW facilities, located some 500 meters away from the Pintia Archaeological Zone. The Center has twelve bunk beds in a collective dormitory, each with a private space. Hosting is full board and includes home-made breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch and dinner. In addition, cleaning service, bed linen, washing machine and detergent are included.

Application, selection and registration. All interested students must complete the corresponding application form and send a motivation letter, together with their curriculum vitae, addressed to the attention of the CEVFW Director at the following email address: cevfw@uva.es. Within a maximum period of one week they will receive the answer estimating or rejecting their admission. Afterwards, all foreign students will have a short videoconference with our International Coordinator to check the degree of proficiency in Spanish. Subsequently, all admitted students must settle their reservation, by transferring the corresponding registration fee to the Pintia Cultural Association's bank account, which will be communicated in due course.

Registration period. Until the 15th of May, inclusive.

Program fees
○ Registrations reserved before the 31st of January: US$ 1,200.
○ Registrations reserved between the 1st of February and the 15th of May: US$ 1,500.
○ People who are not pursuing university degrees should request relevant information by sending an email to cevfw@uva.es.
○ Fees do not include airfare.

Other data of interest
○ Spanish translation service is not included, so students must have a minimum level of proficiency in this language. To this end, once their enrollment is accepted and before paying the reservation fee, a short videoconference will be held with the student to check the level of proficiency in Spanish.
○ Students must present a certificate of having been completely vaccinated against COVID-19, in addition to a PCR test or antigen test carried out during the 72 hours prior to the beginning of the course. In any case, all Spanish Health Authorities recommendations and regulations will be duly implemented.

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Our team of archaeologists will help you discover the secrets of the past
Our team of archaeologists will help you discover the secrets of the past

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