The Project

“Monte Bernorio in its environment” is an Archaeological Investigation Project financed by public funds. It is mainly developed in the archaeological site of Monte Bernorio (Villarén de Valdivia, Palencia, Castile and León, Spain) and the eastern area of the mounts of Palencia.

It was launched and shown to the Castile and León governing body in 2004, as an all-round investigation project which considered both scientific investigation and heritage projection of the archaeological sites located in its area of interest, as well as its public spreading.

Currently, the project is managed by the Monte Bernorio Institute of Ancient Studies of the Cantabric (IMBEAC). The scientific study of the materials is developed in the Prehistory Department Laboratory at Complutense University of Madrid (UCM).

Its scientific teams are directed and coordinated by Professor and History Academic Dr. M. Almagro-Gorbea, Dr. J.F. Torres-Martínez (Kechu) and Dr. M. Fernández-Götz. The investigation teams are comprised by investigators, graduates and voluntary students from various Spanish and European universities.

The Royal Academy of History, through its Antiquities Office, and the Institute of Pre-roman and Ancient Studies (IEPA), have collaborated in this project providing their teams and technical help.  Teams from Institut für Archäologische Wissenschaften from Frankfurt am Main University (Germany) and archaeologists from Oxford University (England) have also taken part of it. Since January 2015 the project is carried out in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom).

The main archaeological site in which the interventions take place is the Iron Age oppidum of Monte Bernorio. The team also works in other archaeological sites over the northeast of Palencia province and the south of the Autonomous Community of Cantabria, with special interest in sites related to Iron Age.

This project’s aim is to widen the scientific knowledge regarding Monte Bernorio, as well as to obtain data about other archaeological sites that might be related to it, documenting Iron Age in the area. It is also compiling information about archaeological sites from different moments of History, such as Late Prehistory, Antiquity (Roman Era), Late Antiquity, and Early Middle Ages.