Centro de Estudios Vacceos Federico Wattenberg (Universidad de Valladolid)

Archaeology for children

Learning Archaeology in Pintia: Doceo Program

Children digging a replica of a vaccean tomb.
Children digging a replica of a vaccean tomb.

Secrets hidden for centuries are waiting to be discovered by you in Pintia. The old Vaccean-Roman city, destroyed by seven fires, rises again from its ashes to recover the memory of these Vaccean people who knew how to adapt, like no other, to the extreme conditions of this territory.


Through the archaeological recreations and the reconstruction of the graves dug in the cemetery of Las Ruedas, you will relive in person the history of these Vaccean people. They were one of the pre-Roman ethnic people that occupied all of the Valladolid province and more than half of modern-day Castilla y León.


The University of Valladolid's archaeologists, that have been working for over 30 years on this archaeological site, will guide you to a past full of many surprises and unresolved questions that only you with your sharp observation, intuition and skills will be able to relive and understand the ancient history of these lands.

Groups, ages and schedule

And a reproduction of a house of the city of Las Quintanas.
And a reproduction of a house of the city of Las Quintanas.

•Activities are for groups of no more than 30 children, between 10 and 14 years old.

•Available dates and hours for 2018: May 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30 and 31.

•Prices: € 10 per children.

•We will announce on our website when dates have been booked and therefore no longer available.

Programmed activities

Different environments of the classroom in the open air.
Different environments of the classroom in the open air.

•09:30-10:00h: welcoming session at the Federico Wattenberg Center for Vaccean Studies in Padilla de Duero; presentation and organization.

•10:00-11:00h: introduction to Vaccean culture and Pintia: explanation of some of the archaeological pieces on display at CEVFW´s Museum.

•11:15h: transfer to the necropolis of Las Ruedas and excavation of archaeological replicas.

•14:00h: weather permitting picnic lunch in the countryside (children should bring their own food); alternatively, lunch will take place at the CEVFW.

•14:30h: guided tour to the necropolis Las Ruedas and workshop on Vaccean clothing.

•16:15h: pottery workshop at the CEVFW.

•18:00h: evaluation, Diploma Ceremony, photos; a comic book will also be offered.

•18:30h: end of our activities.


A young archaeologist shows us her findings.
A young archaeologist shows us her findings.

We aim to bring visitors closer to the richness of our archaeological heritage and to the techniques we apply to reconstruct history. In order to do so, we have arranged six archaeological pits measuring 54 square meters each that contain replicas of the artifacts that we have uncovered from Las Ruedas necropolis.

In addition, we will teach participants about the ancient technology to create pottery, since the Vaccean artisans were masters at their craft and experts in some varied and technically difficult methods. The largest kiln in Europe, dating to the middle of the 1st century B.C. in the artisan neighborhood of Carralaceña, testifies the importance of this craft.

Finally, the tour to the site, and especially to the necropolis Las Ruedas, will give participants a greater understanding of how the Vacceans faced death and beyond life.

In summary, through this dynamic and interactive experience, the students will be exposed to the archaeological tools used to reconstruct history, while at the same time teaching them about the Vacceans, one of the most cultured pre-Roman groups in the Iberian peninsula and which had a long-lasting effect on later generations who lived in the Duero River basin of the Community of Castilla y León.

Please bear in mind that these activities will take place outdoors in covered areas and that we will be working on the ground. We recommend children wear old clothing and something warm in case temperature drops. The program does not provide lunch.


Please inform us when you would like to join the activity–chosen from the above-mentioned dates at cevfw@uva.es; we will reply as soon as possible. You can also contact us on +34 983 881 240.

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