ArchaeoSpain founders Santiago Enrique and Mike Elkin

ArchaeoSpain was created in 2001 by a group of archaeologists and educators committed to furthering cultural exchange and experience in archaeology.

Our goal is to provide opportunities for people from all over the world to engage in scientific research at important archaeological projects in Spain and Italy.

Not only do our students learn about archaeology, history, culture, and language, but they become active members of a research team that is contributing to historical knowledge with each archaeological season.

To date, 597 people from 24 countries and 201 universities have joined our programs. Many of the students obtained academic credit at their universities for their participation.

In addition, our digs have been featured in The New York Times, Archaeology magazine, the Guardian, Current World Archaeology magazine, El Pais, and local papers throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

We recently formed a partnership with American Foreign Academic Research (AFAR), a nonprofit organization based in North Carolina that promotes education through archaeology and site preservation. Since 2010, AFAR has brought students to excavate the Maya site Cahal Pech in Belize and it organizes the Maya at the Playa and Maya at the Lago academic conferences in the United States.

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About the Director:

archaeospainlogowebMike Elkin has been the director of ArchaeoSpain since 2008, although he started working as one of its group leaders in 2002 at the Roman cities of Clunia and Tiermes in Spain. His first excavation was Tel Kabri in Israel when he was 17, followed by surveys and excavations in the St. Louis, Missouri area during his undergraduate studies.

Mike began excavating at Tiermes in 1996, where he met future ArchaeoSpain mastermind Santiago Enrique, a language teacher from Spain who has worked in New England schools for the past 25 years. Surprised to find a foreigner in such a remote corner of the Spanish countryside, Santiago’s first words to Mike were: “How the heck did you get here?” They’ve been friends and colleagues ever since.  


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