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15 January 2007
Excavations at the prehistoric site of Castanheiro do Vento

The site of Castanheiro do Vento (Northeastern Portugal) has a complex stone architecture and was built from the Chalcolithic to the Bronze Age. This kind of architecture is, in particular, characteristic for the Iberian Peninsula and Southern France, and has been the object of investigations by several archaeological schools over a number of years.
     By 1990, one group of Portuguese archaeologists from the University of Porto (http://www.architectures.home.sapo.pt) and the Cultural Association (ACDR) of Freixo de Numão (http://www.acdr-freixo.pt) introduced different field methods and the manner in which data coming from the digs was interpreted. The problematic of the complex stone architecture dating from the third to second millennium BCE, however, is far from conclusive in its interpretation. This group of archaeologists has entered into an ongoing dialogue with many other researchers around the world.
     Since 1998, the excavations at Castanheiro do Vento has taken place in a very friendly and open-minded working climate. This work will continue next summer from July 1st to 28th 2007. The ACDR is looking for volunteers (at least 18 years old) and they accept any people with real motivation and an interest in archaeology regardless of their level of experience or specialization. Prices ranges from 200 € (140 £ – $ 236) per week and comprise accomodation, three daily hot meals, insurance and transport from the railway station of Freixo to and from the accommodation house on the arrival and departure days. For further information and the application form, contact Ana Margarida Aparicio do Vale (ana.m.vale@gmail.com).
Source: Angela Carneiro (8 January 2007)

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