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.

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Course Details

  • Course Dates: July 3 – July 28, 2023

  • Enrollment Status:  Closed

  • Total Cost: $4,575

  • Course Type: Bioarchaeology, Medieval/Historical Archaeology

  • Payment Deadline: Tuition Payment Deadline Extended: May 17, 2023

  • Instructors: Dr. Lucy Shaw Evangelista & Ms. Marina Lourenço

  • Orientation: June 14, 2023 at 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET / 7 pm WEST
  • Academic Credit: 8 Semester Credit Units (equivalent to 12 Quarter Units)


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.


Tuition Includes:

  • Cost of Instruction
  • Cost of Credit Units
  • Room & Board
  • All local transportation

Student Fees

Application Fee: There is a $25 fee to submit an online application.

Deposit Payment:

  • Once you have been accepted to a program, you must place a nonrefundable $500 deposit fee to hold your seat in the program until the tuition payment deadline. The tuition payment deadline can be found in the top right of each field school’s web page under “Course Details”.
  • The $500 deposit fee is included as part of your total tuition fee and NOT in addition to it.

Tuition Fee 

  • The tuition balance is the total program tuition fee minus the $500 deposit fee.
  •  The full tuition fee must be paid by the tuition payment deadline in order to secure your seat in the program.
  • If you do not pay the full tuition fee by the deadline, your place in the program is no longer secure, and if you are unable to participate in the program for any reason, our Late Withdrawal policy below will apply.

Late Fee: A $100 late fee will be added to all accounts not paid in full by the tuition payment deadline.

Withdrawal Policy: If you place a deposit but decide to withdraw, you must notify IFR staff in writing before the tuition payment deadline. In the event of withdrawal, the $500 nonrefundable deposit fee remains nonrefundable and will not be refunded.

Late Withdrawal: If you paid the deposit fee but did not cancel your participation by the tuition payment deadline, you are legally responsible for the full tuition fee regardless of attendance at any IFR program. Please carefully read our Withdrawal & Cancellation Policy for further information.

Cancellation Policy: In the event that IFR must cancel a field school, all accepted students will be notified as soon as possible and will receive a refund of all tuition paid including the deposit fee. IFR offers students the opportunity to transfer to another field school, permitting that there are spots available and the program director approves the student to participate in their field school. Upon approval of the program director, IFR staff will make the arrangements to transfer the student’s application and payments.

Credit Card Processing Fee: A 3.5% processing fee is automatically incurred for all credit/debit card/online payments.

Academic Credit Opt Out: Students who wish to participate in an IFR field school without earning academic credit units may do so and receive the following discounts: $300 off a full program (4 or more weeks in length) or $200 off a short program (2-3 weeks in length).

Trip Cancellation Insurance: Please consider purchasing a travel interruption insurance policy that will cover your travel cost and the cost of the IFR program once you make a commitment to attend a field school.

The added risk of COVID-19  should be a “covered event” in your policy.
Please note that the cost of coverage varies, based on your age, the program duration and geographical location.
You may get help and advice from your insurance broker and we offer the links below to help you educate yourself on these insurance products.
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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 bathrooms. The rooms are regularly cleaned and laundry equipment is also available.

Travel Info

Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and getting to the program meeting point on July 2, 2023. 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 enrollment. The last working day of this field school is July 28, 2023. Students should make departure travel arrangements for any time on or after the the next day, July 29, 2023.


For entry into Portuguese Territory, foreign citizens need to ensure the following conditions:

  •  You must hold a travel document valid for at least 3 months longer than the intended stay.
  • You must possess a valid and adequate visa for the purpose of the stay.
  • This visa must always be requested at a diplomatic mission or Portuguese consular post based abroad. Citizens from the USA
  • You must have sufficient means of subsistence for the period of stay.
  • You must not be registered in the SEF Integrated Information System or in the Schengen
  • Information System For Short Stays, USA nationals are exempt from visas. All information is available on

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.

Call us at 877-839-4374 or email us at if you have questions about the safety of any particular program.