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Alliance Spain SVIEK021 ARCH 02.07.2008 15.07.2008 18-26


SVIEK021 – THE CASTRO OF ARROLA 1 – 02/07/08 – 15/07/08 20 vol ARCH

Min Age:18 Max Age:26

Project: The project lies in collaborating in restoring the fortified area of Arrola or Marueleza (19 hectares). This Iron

Age II settlement (3rd century B.C. to 1st century AD) was the site of an indigenous village. The settlement was

surrounded by a stone wall (7.85 m wide, 5 6 m high) and had a complex system to enter, that consisted of two

overlapping walls, creating a corridor which houses the gate to the oppidum. The outer wall concealed the gate and

protected it from direct attacks.

The settlement is located on the summit of mount Arrola (564 m), within the natural area of Urdaibai, declared a

Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1984.


1.- Protection of the archaeological site: this implies actions such as cleaning, clearing and excavating the relevant

areas. Works will be carried out in the first few days of every fortnight and will be followed by scientific research.

2.- Archaeological research: the volunteers will watch the following tasks and, in certain cases, help carrying them


a) Assistance in the study of the older excavation sites, including a topographical survey, detailed drawing and


b) Sounding the inner part of the site to establish its general stratigraphy and to obtain different material

sequences (palinological, anthracological and carbon 14).

c) A new forest track was recently built cutting through the wall. Re-dressing work on this cut would allow us to

know more about the internal structure of this defensive building and to identify its chronological phases and

building techniques.

Location: The settlement of Arrola is located in Arratzu, a rural village situated 40 km from Bilbao and 6 km from

Gernika-Lumo, famous town worldwide for being the inspiration for Picasso’s masterpiece. Gernika was awarded the

UNESCO City for Peace Prize in 2002-2003.

How to get there:

Nearest airport: Loiu (Bilbao. Bizkaia).

Meeting point: on 17/07/08, at 18:30 outside the town hall of Arratzu (Bizkaia).

Accommodation: Hostel in Mendata, a municipal area next to Arratzu. Bring sleeping bag.


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