Rochester Student Worked On Archaeological Dig in Spain

ArchaeoSpain– ArchaeoSpain, an educational and archaeological organization based in Connecticut and Madrid, reports that archaeology student Darcy Bird ’14 worked this past July on an archaeological dig to unearth the remains of a 9,000-seat Roman theater in the former Roman metropolis of Clunia (in the present-day province of Burgos, Spain).

Bird joined a team of archaeologists and archaeology students from Spain, Australia, Britain and the United States, uncovering important information about how the Romans built and used the theater. Our scope also included layers of post-use looting, which can tell us what happened to the theater after the final curtain-call. The daily tasks included the excavation and mapping of the site, in addition to extracting and cataloguing artifacts.

Clunia is widely considered by archaeologists as one of Spain’s most fascinating Roman cities, having served as one of northern Hispania’s capitals during the 1st and 2nd centuries. ArchaeoSpain teams consist of between around 10 participants from around the world who join Spanish crews of 10 to 20 more people.

“Darcy and the other students have learned not only how to conduct an excavation, but also how to interpret the archaeological clues discovered,” said ArchaeoSpain director Mike Elkin. “Over the past few years, our joint Spanish-international crews have uncovered priceless information about Spain’s ancient past.”

In recent years, ArchaeoSpain has assisted in major discoveries at various sites in Spain and Italy. In Valladolid, teams are excavating the necropolis of Pintia, an Iron Age burial site that has revealed important clues about warrior classes from the 5th century B.C. In Pollentia on the island of Mallorca, the high-school group – one of the few archaeological programs for high school students in the world – has been uncovering sections of that city’s Roman Forum. At Monte Testaccio in Rome our team is helping unearth clues about Roman trade throughout the empire. And in Son Peretó, also in Mallorca, we are excavating a Byzantine settlement dating to the 6th century.

About ArchaeoSpain (
ArchaeoSpain, founded in 2000, was created by a group of educators and archaeologists to provide opportunities to learn and practice archaeology with trained investigators. Since ArchaeoSpain’s creation, students from 16 countries and 170 universities have participated on our programs.

Article courtesy of Mike Elkin, ArcheoSpain. Photo Credit: Chelsea Morgan. (In this photo, Bird is is the first person, on the left).