Getting Involved

The Najerilla Valley Research Project is always looking for fieldwork volunteers. Our field project is located in La Rioja, Spain, not far from the charming medieval town of Nájera, on the ancient pilgrimage road to Santiago de Compostela.

Volunteers participate through the CMU Study Abroad Office. Those registering will gain credit for the class ART 586: Art, Archaeology and Culture of Spain. For more information, contact one of the co-directors below.

Participants gain hands-on experience in the documentation of ancient and medieval art and architecture. No previous experience is required. All training is conducted in English.

Students from all disciplines are welcome, but we are particularly seeking students interested in:

Art History
Digital Media
Graphic Design
Religious Studies
Spanish Language

Weekends include excursions to cultural sites in the region including:

• The medieval monastery of San Millán de la Cogolla
• The Celtiberian city of Numantia, captured by the Romans in 133 B.C.
• Burgos, the home of the Spanish medieval hero El Cid
• Logroño, the capital of La Rioja

Dates and fees vary by season. Most seasons are 4-5 weeks, with the program fee covering travel in Spain, accommodations, weekday lunches and dinners, and admission to museums.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Scott de Brestian, Central Michigan University

Dr. Victor Martinez, Arkansas State University