Project Description


Archaeological excavation within historic cities often produce deep stratigraphy dating back to the original foundation of the city and telling the story of its history. Following construction works at Rua dos Lagares, at the very heart of Old Lisbon, rescue archaeological excavations exposed an area with multiple, well preserved burials dating to the 15th-16th Centuries CE (Late Medieval/Modern period). This area was used as a necropolis in two different time periods. Necropolis I was a Christian – and possibly Jewish burial site – vandalized in 1497. Later, Necropolis II was used as a Muslim and Christian cemetery dated to the 16th century CE.

ERA Arqueologia excavated these necropolis in 2015-2016. Hundreds of well-preserved human remains were recovered. This field school will conduct a systematic study of these remains and is a laboratory -based bioarchaeology study. Combing anatomical with contextual information recovered during excavations allow us to better understand how population’s attitudes and customs regarding death, funerary practices and body treatments changed throughout time. Through field trips around medieval Lisbon, lectures and lab work, students will complete this field school with an overall understanding of how bioarcheology research is a valuable tool in understanding past populations from a cultural, political and environmental perspectives.

Download 2024 Syllabus
Course Details
Course Dates June 30-July 27, 2024
Course Type Bioarchaeology,
Medieval/Historical Archaeology
Instructors Dr. Lucy Shaw Evangelista, Dr. Marina Lourenço
Credits* 8 semester (12 quarter)
Apply By April 1
Fees Due By Summer 2 (May 15)
Program Fees  
Tuition $4,875
Transcript Fee* $300
Health & Evacuation Insurance $125
Room (Meals not included) $790
TOTAL: $6,090
Application Closed

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until program fills or final deadline above. 


The directors welcome emails and inquiries about the research elements of this project. More general information (tuition, health insurance, and payment schedule) can be found under the ‘Students’ tab above. Any further questions may be addressed to IFR staff. Additional details about research, course schedule, travel, accommodation, and safety can be found on the syllabus. Contacting the directors or the IFR office is encouraged and appreciated. It may help you determine if this field school is a good fit for you.

Dr. Lucy Evangelista
Dr. Lucy Evangelista
Dr. Shaw Evangelista is an Archaeologist and Anthropologist at ERA Arqueologia, S.A. She is also a Faculty at the Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behavior (ICArEHB) at the University of Algarve and a Faculty at the Research Center for Anthropology and Health (CIAS) at the University of Coimbra (Portugal).
Marina Lourenço
Marina Lourenço
Marina Lourenço has a BA degree in Anthropology and a Masters in Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences from the University of Coimbra. She is currently a Senior Anthropologist and Field Director at Era Arqueologia SA.


Payment & Student Fees

Application Fee: There is a $45 fee to submit an online application.

Deposit Payment: A nonrefundable $500 deposit is due within 3 weeks of program acceptance in order to secure your place. The remainder of your program fees are due by the deadline indicated under “Course Details”.

*Transcript Fee & Academic Credit Opt Out: If you wish to participate in an IFR field school without earning academic credits, you will not be charged a transcript fee.

For more information about payment, fees, and policies, please see details under our Payment & Finances and Withdrawal and Cancellation Policy pages.


Students will stay at the Campus of the School of Human Kinetics (FMH – Faculdade de Motricidade Humana) of Lisbon University where each room is shared by two students. Each floor is equipped with Wi-Fi, a shared kitchen, and shared bathrooms. The rooms are regularly cleaned (once a week) and laundry equipment is also available. Clean linen is available at all times.
In terms of sleeping arrangements students will be lodged in double rooms with two separate beds, wardrobes and desks.

Meals are not included on this program. Students will be provided with regular trips to the local supermarket where they can acquire their own food according to each students’ tastes and needs. In this way students can prepare their own meals at the shared facilities in the campus. Alternatively, in the canteen of the School of Human Kinetics, a fish dish, a meat dish, and a vegetarian option are available for every lunch, and meals can be prebooked by students.

Travel Info

Natural disasters, political changes, weather conditions and various other factors may force the cancellation or alteration of a field school. IFR recommends students only purchase airline tickets that are fully refundable and consider travel insurance in case a program or travel plans must change for any reason.

General information for this program is below, but keep in mind we will discuss any updated travel information and regulations during the required program orientation, which could affect travel plans.

Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and getting to the program meeting point on June 30 2024. Students landing in Portela Airport in Lisbon (LIS), will be met by project staff members and transferred to the house where the group will stay in Lisbon. Students arriving by any other means of transportation to Lisbon (train, bus, etc.) should make their way independently to the meeting point at the airport. The specific meeting location and transfer hours will be set after enrolment.
The last working day of this field school is July 26, 2024. Students should make departure travel arrangements for any time on or after the next day, July 27, 2024.
If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text or email the field school director immediately. A local emergency mobile phone number will be provided to all enrolled students.

No visa is required for U.S. visitors for stays of 90 days or less. Stays of greater than 90 days will require a travel visa to be obtained in advance. Citizens of other countries are asked to check the embassy website at

Student Safety

The IFR primary concern is with education. Traveling and conducting field research involve risk. Students interested in participating in IFR programs must weigh whether the potential risk is worth the value of education provided. While risk is inherent in everything we do, we do not take risk lightly. The IFR engages in intensive review of each field school location prior to approval. Once a program is accepted, the IFR reviews each program annually to make sure it complies with all our standards and policies, including student safety.

Students attending IFR international programs are covered by a comprehensive Health Insurance policy that includes physical illness or injury, mental or chronic conditions. No deductible and 100% of costs are covered up to $250,000. In addition, we provide Political and Natural Disaster Evacuation policy, which allow us to remove students from field school location if local conditions change. Our field school directors are scholars that know field school locations and cultures well and are plugged in into local communities and state institution structures.

Students attending IFR domestic programs (within the US) must have their own health insurance and provide proof upon enrollment. IFR field school directors are familiar with local authorities and if in need of evacuation, local emergency services and/or law enforcement will be notified and activated.

The IFR has strong, explicit and robust policy towards discrimination and harassment in the field. If students feel they cannot discuss personal safety issues with field school staff, the IFR operates an emergency hotline where students may contact IFR personnel directly.

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