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  • Locations: Budens, Portugal
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Payment Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 06/24/2018 ** Rolling Admission 07/01/2018 07/28/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Discipline: Archaeology Language: English
Sub Discipline: Field Archaeology
Program Description:
The site of Vale Boi, located in southern Portugal, is one of the few known locations in southern Iberia where questions addressing the transition/replacement process of Neanderthals by Anatomically Modern Humans (AMS) and the emergence of cognition complexity may be addressed. The site of Vale Boi is an exceptional location to explore these issues due to the presence of Early Upper Paleolithic intact deposits (dated to ca. 33,000 years ago) with impressive faunal preservation and numerous lithic assemblages. These conditions allow for the study of subsistence, technology and symbolic behavior. While initial assumptions were that only early AMH used the site, new evidence suggest Neanderthals were present as well, dramatically enhancing the possibility of studying AMH-Neanderthal interaction and replacement process. This program combines lectures, excavation and laboratory training, providing students with the rare opportunity to explore and document one of the most interesting and important moments of the human career: the emergence of our own species.
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