Menorca, Spain

Dig in the Roman City of Sanisera

when 1 May 2021 - 27 September 2021
language English
duration 22 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee USD 1800

In 2008 the Sanisera Archaeology Institute for International Field Schools started its courses at the Roman city of Sanisera. During all these years many students have come from all over the world to study abroad to Menorca (Balearic Islands, Spain) in order to dig up the Roman remains located at this classical site on the Northern coast of the island.

The research is focused on the archaeological excavation of Sanisera and it studies what happened in this Roman port connected to the maritime traffic that sailed the Mediterranean during those times. As a result, we know that this is a very interesting archaeological site, with abundant findings of multiple artifacts that will help us to reconstruct its past.

Course leader

Fernando Contreras Rodrigo

Target group

If you are contemplating for the first time to be a volunteer in an archaeology field school, this course could be right for you. This program accommodates participants with or without previous experience.

Course aim

The excavation at the Roman city of Sanisera provides all the archaeological documentation necessary for the student to acquire enough training and experience in all aspects involving an excavation of the Roman civilization from the II century B.C. to the VI A.D.

What you will learn

In the Fieldwork

How to dig and which archaeological techniques are used.
Use and handling of the tools that are used during the excavation process.
Basic principles of stratigraphy.
Recording the data obtained during the excavation using the Harris Method.
Practice on the recognition of archaeological materials and Roman finds from the II century B.C. - VI A.D.
Basic procedures for sample collection.
In the Laboratory

Study and typological classification of archaeological objects of Roman archaeology: ceramics, numismatics, faunal remains, metals and glass.
Relative dating based on the classification of archaeological objects discovered in the stratigraphic sequence.

History, archaeology, economy and culture of the Roman civilization.
Introduction to the History of the Sanisera Site.
Minorcan archaeology before the Roman conquest of the Balearic Islands.

Fee info

USD 1800: Course fee & Rules includes during the time of the COVID 19 pandemic
• Course tuition.
• Daily transportation to/from the archaeological fieldwork.
• A washing machine is available in the residence to clean personal clothes free of charge.
• Accident insurance at the site.
• Certificate of participation.
• Visits to museums and archaeological heritage of the island. It is also possible to visit places of charm and beaches. All visits will be made with the utmost caution avoiding any type of large group of people.
• Accommodation in the Student Residency in Ciutadella. The rooms are spacious and easily ventilated. Room occupancy is limited to two to three people in single beds. They are not bunk beds.
• Scrupulous daily cleaning of the entire residence by professionals with hygienic products against Covid.
• The staff will supervise the cleaning with hygienic hand gel at different times of the day, especially when the group arrives at the residence.
• Following the protection measures, the staff will ensure that the use of the mask covering the nose and mouth is mandatory throughout the day, whether during field work, laboratory activities or visits. In the common spaces of the residence it will also be mandatory. If any participant does not follow these rules, they will be expelled from the course.
• The staff will ensure that the group of participants has the minimum contact and relationship with other Spanish citizens or tourists, and the distance of 1.5 m will be taken into account between people.
• Each TEST COVID participant must present the negative certificate to the staff upon arrival in Menorca with less than 72 hours.
• Each participant upon arrival at the facilities of Sanisera Archeology Institute in Menorca, will sign a responsible statement in accordance with the preventive measures of COVID and that in case of discomfort or symptoms that both he and the staff consider may be harmful to the rest of the participants, they must go to a medical assistance center to diagnose your condition.
Airfare not included from the student home to/from Menorca (Spain).
During the pandemic, no type of food service will be carried out. However, the safest, most hygienic and economical places serving food and supermarkets will be recommended. They will be accompanied by our Staff and it should be noted that Spain takes serious measures in public places against Covid.
*If you sign up for two sessions in a row (32 days) that take place in Menorca, the days between sessions (3 or 4 days) you will have the accommodation for free.