ポルトガルの中石器から新石器時代への変遷を探る発掘調査 Discovering Ancient Societies in Portugal

プログラム調査日程・空き状況・参加費用等、海外調査に関するお問い合わせは、アースウォッチ・ジャパン事務局にて承ります。info@earthwatch.jp までお気軽にお問い合わせください。


Contribute to the conservation of one of Portugal’s National Monuments, while finding clues about the transition from hunter-gatherer to farming populations. Better understanding the past will give us an improved understanding of our cultural societies today.


Archaeology in Portuguese vineyard

Around 8,000 years ago, Central Portugal underwent a dramatic shift in lifestyles from hunting and gathering to farming and herding. This transition, known as the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition, remains one of the most controversial issues in prehistory archaeology, attracting significant archaeological debate and extensive research. The common-held belief is that hunter-gatherers disappeared from Central Portugal around 7,000 years ago, and later, farmers and herders settled the area. But now, archaeologists are uncovering clues contradicting this.

By analyzing bone tools, shells, ornaments and human remains, researchers will trace the transition between these periods to better understand the complex changes not only in technology and subsistence, but also in how people thought about themselves and the world around them, as well as the nature of their social interactions.

Join researchers in Tagus Valley, Portugal, one of the most important regions to study this transitional phase, and help discover the answers to establish a timeline. You’ll excavate, sifting for tools and human remains, while working to preserve part of Portugal’s natural and cultural heritage.


HOW YOU WILL HELP

When you arrive, the researchers will conduct an orientation and brief you on the work you’ll be doing and the importance it has for the preservation of cultural heritage. Field work will begin on Day 2, where you will rotate between:

.

Volunteers excavating muge mesolithic shell mounds
EXCAVATING MUGE MESOLITHIC SHELL MOUNDS

You will assist researchers in excavation at the site by helping record data, operate software, screen sediment, and collect archaeological samples.
.
.

Volunteer analyzing ancient Portuguese artifacts
ANALYZING ARTIFACTS

In the field, you will wash and dry-brush artifacts, and bag, label, and photograph materials.
.
.
.
.
.

Volunteer processing finds from the field
PROCESSING FINDINGS IN LAB

In the lab, you will wash, sort, and label archaeological findings as well as assist with examining plant and animal remains that are clues to the diet of those that lived there. You might have an opportunity to help analyze human remains, should they be discovered on site.

関連記事

TOP