ROMARCH: 2015 Archaeological Field School: Troia (Portugal)

The CEAACP – Tróia Summer School is a Summer archaeological fieldschool program offered by the Centro de Estudos de Arqueologia, Artes e Ciências do Património (Centre of Archaeological, Arts and Heritage Studies), Portugal –, Unity of Research 281 of the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) of the Ministry of Education and Science (Portugal) – in collaboration with Troiaresort – Investimentos Turísticos, S.A. –, the company that has the safeguard of the Archaeological Roman Site of Tróia, Portugal.

The CEAACP – Tróia Summer School proposes the second edition of a Summer archaeological fieldschool at Tróia, Portugal, offering students the opportunity of participating in a scientific archaeological project in the largest fish-salting production center known in the Roman Empire, today known as the Roman Ruins of Tróia and a National Monument since 1910.

The fieldwork campaign will take place in June and is opened to undergraduate as well as graduate students, from all majors.
The fieldschool includes archaeological excavation, lectures, workshops, pottery washing and study visits. English will be the language employed in all situations.

Prof. David Soren (University of Arizona) and Prof. Inês Vaz Pinto (CEAACP) will be the coordinators of this summer program and the excavation will be directed by Prof. Inês Vaz Pinto, Dr. Ana Patrícia Magalhães and Dr. Patrícia Brum, responsible for the site of Tróia.

University of Arizona (UA) credit will be available for students applying through the UA Office and Study Abroad and Student Exchange.

Read more below, or click here for the program brochure.

The archaeological site of Tróia

The fieldschool will take place at Tróia, a beautiful sand peninsula 17 km long that is today a touristic resort due to its white sand beaches on the Atlantic Ocean. Part of it belongs to the Sado Estuary Natural Reserve and a specific area is classified as a Botanical Reserve due to the rarity of a number of plants in the sand dunes of Tróia.

It is located in the center south of Portugal, only 50 km from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, and only a 15 minute boat trip from Setúbal, a city that goes back to the Roman Period and Middle Ages and has 120,000 inhabitants. The Setúbal Bay, that also bathes Tróia, is classified by UNESCO as one of The Most Beautiful Bays in the World.

It is in this sand spit between the Sado River and the Atlantic Ocean, belonging in Roman times to the city of Salacia Imperatoria Augusta, in the province of Lusitania, that were built a number of fish-salting factories to produce salted fish and fish sauces like the famous garum. These were

put in amphorae and carried by boat to many different regions of the Mediterranean and to Rome, the capital of the Empire. The production center founded in the early 1st c. employed many people and developed into a town with houses, baths, wells, cemeteries and at a late moment, an early Christian basilica with well-preserved painted walls.

When the Roman settlement was abandoned in the 6th c., it was buried in sand dunes that were responsible for its exceptional preservation. A number of walls are preserved up to 4 m high and a number of the fish-salting vats are complete, and some still reveal the fish bones from the last production in the bottom when they are excavated. The intense economic activity caused by the proximity to the ocean and the river and the early abandonment make the site very rich in archaeological finds, specially different types of pottery like terra sigillata (including African Red Slip Ware) and amphorae but also metal objects like coins or bone objects.

Program Cost

• 2015 Program (31 May-27 June) – € 1700 (price in euros, c. $ 2300) Students repeating the program will have a 10% discount – € 1530

The cost includes fieldwork training, workshops, lectures, housing, fieldtrips and cultural excursions (transportation and admission to sites/museums), transportation from/to the airport, all meals from Monday to Saturday (Sunday is excluded) and medical insurance.


Applications should be made until February 15, 2015.
Ask for the “Application Form” through

Patrícia Brum
Roman Ruins of Tróia
+351 265 499 400
Tlm. +351 939 031 936

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