Posts in Portugal
Translating In Tróia Can Be Tricky

After a total of four weeks working on the Spain project, I thought that I would be able to transition to the Portugal project without facing a difficult adjustment to a new environment. However, the variety of cultures that gathered to excavate the site in Troia was baffling to me.

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PortugalSydney Brown
One Man's Trash

My main job on site in Portugal was excavating and preserving the mosaic floor tiles and pottery, all of which was found in ancient vats originally used to make fish sauce. Every day, I got to see amazing artistic patterns and styles manifested in objects that had been buried for centuries. While I loved learning about conservation techniques and the history behind simple things such as floor patterns, I was most fascinated by the reason that all the artifacts we uncovered were there in the first place - we were uncovering trash heaps. 

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PortugalSydney Brown
Meet Catalina Urquijo: Program Director and AFAR On-Site Archaeologist

We caught up with Catalina high on a hilltop at the Zorita de los Canes project, not far from Madrid where she grew up. She’s in here element — surrounded by hard-working students conducting archaeology research for AFAR.  Catalina speaks of her work as a privilege, rather than a job, and credits her love of travel and the outdoors guiding her to this life-long profession. 

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