Sandra Gammon, Ancient Studies
The Vaccaei: “Studying a Pre-Roman Society in Central Spain through Its Mortuary Remains”
Faculty Mentor: Ms. Carolyn Koehler
Expected Graduation Date: May 2010
Pre-Roman Spain is a relatively new field of interest to archaeologists. During the Bronze Age, central Spain was occupied by a number of tribes including the Vaccaei, of which the Romans reported little. I will be working at the archaeological field school at Pintia, a fortified settlement occupied by the Vaccaei from the fourth century BC to the first century AD. The field school focuses on the necropolis, where I will be able to examine the grave goods they chose to leave with their dead. Through a study of the mortuary remains and intensive research, I will assemble an interpretation of the Vaccean culture, focusing on their burial practices and grave goods but also reflecting Celtiberian living patterns.