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School of Humanities and Social Sciences Summer University

Archaeology Program in Los Bañales

The course is 1 or 2 weeks of study in a Roman archaeological site where students will be able to learn the techniques of archaeological fieldwork combined with theoretical workshops about archaeological excavation and archaeological tecniques and methods, Roman pottery cataloguing, history and culture of the classical world. Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture of the area in the north of Aragon, at the heart of the historical Cinco Villas.




  • Los Bañales

    Los Bañales is a Roman archaeological site located in Uncastillo, only 100km from Pamplona. Today, this is considered to be the most important Roman archaeological site of the Cinco Villas in the autonomous community of Aragon, and one of the most espectacular Roman cities and archaeological sites of Northern Spain full of ancient Roman presence and a great historic and artistic heritage.

    Los Bañales hides the remains of a city that should occupy an area of more than twenty hectares of land. This ancient city was populated between the 1st century B.C. and the 8th century A.D., and its name still remains unknown to this day. It has preserved the remnants of its forum, monumental Roman baths, a complete artisanal and residential quarter, several houses and a spectacular hydraulic system with a dam and an aqueduct. This is what makes Los Bañales one of the most significant Roman historical sites in the North of Spain.

  • The program

    The program consists of 9 hours per day and includes theoretical and practical excavation – supervised by archaeologists and shared with other European college students – as well as work sessions led by Javier Andreu, Professor of Ancient History and Archaeology of the School of Humantities and Social Sciences of the Universidad de Navarra and the Scientific Director of the Research Plan in the Bañales

    1. Introduction to archaeological materials management in the laboratory (cleaning, inventory, and dating, classification and painting of materials) and documentation of the archaeological contexts in field.

    2. Topics related to the Roman material culture (pottery, bone, coins…) and its value as an historical source of information.

    3. Current issues in Classic archaeology directly related to the excavation (roman sculpture, forums, paintings…)

    While doing fieldwork, students will have a mentor, archaeologist or historian to accompany them and evaluate their learning and training.

    Although the activity is designed for students of history, students from other fields who are interested in taking part of an unforgettable adventure uncovering what remains of the ancient Roman presence in our land 2.000 years ago are welcome to join in the excavation.

  • Dates

    Students can choose to participate in either a 1-week module (June 29th to July 5th or July 6th to July 12th) or participate in the full 2-week program. 

    It is recommended to arrive on the day before the start of the program.

    Fee: The fee per week is 375 €. This fee covers travel, food, lodging, and insurance.

    Students will be staying in the municipal hostel of Uncastillo (Zaragoza), a fairy medieval town, and will travel daily to the archaeological site for fieldwork.

  • Application

    To be considered for admission, please send your personal information and the documents indicated below to We will process your application and send you confirmation and payment instructions within five business days.  

    The following supporting documentation must be sent by email:

    • Scanned passport-type photo
    • Scanned Passport
    • Official Transcript of records
    • Resume (Just applicants at Archaeology Program)



Archaeology Program in Los Bañales


WEEK 1: June 29th to July 5th

WEEK 2: July 6th to July 12th

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