'Al pie del cañón' (Battle of Belchite) reproduced with kind permission of (c) Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau
The International Brigades Archaeology Project
Founded in 2014
We are now taking applications for participants for our September 2015 field season
You can contact the Project Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.orgArchaeology of the Spanish Civil War
Welcome to the website of the International Brigades Archaeology Project - IBAP. We hope you will find it interesting and informative, and it will encourage you to want to take part in this exciting archaeological initiative aiming to investigate the heritage, archaeology and landscapes encountered by the volunteers of the International Brigades.
Spain was engulfed by a traumatic civil war between 1936 and 1939. The reasons for the conflict were complex and embedded in the history of Spain. With the election of a leftist-republican government in 1936, ultra-conservative elements in the Spanish military rose up in rebellion against the Spanish Republic with the deliberate aim of extinguishing the newly elected government.
As a result, more than 35,000 men and women from more than 50 countries volunteered to fight for the preservation of the Republic. They became the International Brigades. They were ordinary people, from many walks of life, who believed that the spread of fascism in Europe had to be confronted and stopped. In so doing, many of them gave their well-being and lives in the fight against fascism in Spain, and as they saw it, against fascism in Europe.
This archaeological fieldwork initiative is an integral contributor to the Spanish Civil War Archaeology Project, directed by Dr. Alfredo González-Ruibal of the Institute of Heritage Sciences (Incipit) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). By taking part you will be working with Spanish archaeologists, and volunteers and students from Britain, North America, and elsewhere.Please explore this website and its links. Just use the menu on the left.
Didpatri - University of Barcelona
International Consortium for the Study of Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Reconciliation - University of Nottingham
GPAC - Built Heritage Research Group