Spain, Menorca

Dig in the Roman City of Sanisera (Menorca, Spain)

when 1 May 2018 - 18 May 2018
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee USD 1100

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 & Ismael MacĂ­as

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 1100: Course fee includes

Course tuition
Accommodation in the Student Residency in Ciutadella. Two to six per room.* Walking distance to the historic center, port and beaches
Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Accident insurance at the site.
Daily transportation to/from the archaeological fieldwork.
Certificate of participation