PEATS Catalunya (Spain) – Excavation and Recording Kilns

Dates: 26th Aug – 26th September 2022 (TBC)
Number of UK Participants: 7 + Accompanying Person
Duration: 32 days


Accommodation: shared rooms in self catering apartment.
Meals: self catering as well as meals in local restaurants and community meals in the street.
Communication: hi speed fiber-optic wifi available free of charge at local bars, also desks available at the local co-working office, wide spread 4G available in the village. Check with mobile network provider for coverage.
Transport: Transfers from Reus airport available and trains run from Barcelona El Prat 3 times a day. A Local pool car available to assigned drivers over 25 years with Full UK drivers licence 2 years minimum.
Weather: Hotter than UK summer, can be 30-38 degrees C. Free access to the community swimming pool and access to the River Ebro.

We are excited to be working with a new partner in Spain. Amics de Riba-roja dâ Ebre will host our first group in Riba-roja d’Ebre. The proposed itinerary is as follows:


Induction period, 
– Meet the Amics Riba-roja r’Ebre team
– Get to know the immediate village
– Visit the archaeological landscape, with a focus on historical Juniper Ovens but also other archaeological features from pre-history, through Roman, Medieval and Spanish Civil War sites
– Attend and take part in a juniper oven demonstration

Excavate and work on oven 13
The kiln is partially full, so excavation aims will be:
– Excavate and identify wood species
– Draw the kiln, as it is now and throughout the excavation
– Excavation to the side to determine oil exit channels, also look out for pottery, tools, etc.
– Important to understand how they lived on site during oil production, so try to identify shelter sites at the forest edge, pottery, other artefacts
– The cave shelters on the track to the kiln. Cleaning and excavation.

Archaeological landscape survey period,                                                                   

 Over this one week  plus period, the group will
– Select, with Amics de Riba-roja help, a sub-section of the cultural landscape of River Ebro valley, which has variety and typicality
– Carry out a level one field survey led by Bogdan Bobina
– Write a report for use by Amics and future groups
– Within this week, there will be some field visits in the wider landscape. Burned areas, civil war trenches, Riba Rocks Finca (a working ecological olive farm)

Juniper oven cleaning and minor excavation period, 
Over this one week plus period, the group will visit, sketch, clean and perhaps secure the path to Oven No.16 “Forn de la Vall Miquel del Sim”
– Secure the path from the road to the kiln, cleaning and pruning vegetation and completing some basic path work
– Develop a method and process for the completion of this site with some cultural heritage thoughts
– Carry out some cutting back (not uprooting) shrubs growing on the oven structure as necessary
– Perhaps undertake test trench excavations to north and south sides of the oven to determine likely cade oil exit points, this work may have already been carried out by the University of Barcelona. If so, the group will examine the results.
– Field walk the immediate area for evidence of continuous use, etc.
– More closely examine and record over features on this side of the Rio D’Ebre, including possible kiln platforms, other shelters and an ice house.
– Write a report and future excavation plan / method statement, for use by Amics and future groups

Festival & Cultural Period 

This period is for finishing up work but also or some attending and enjoying the ‘Diables festival’ and socialising with Catalan people and new friends !

The Erasmus + grant will cover accommodation, food (3 meals a day), return, flights, insurance, transport to site and supervision. Participants will have to make sure they have their EHI card and budget for personal purchases and excursions.
If you are interested in this placement, then the application form is available to download on the PEATS Archaeology main page.
For past participants feedback, please refer to our Participants Reports page

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