Spain, Menorca

Digging roman graves in the Necropolis of Sanisera & Archaeological Techniques of drawing, photography and digital illustration (Menorca – Spain)

when 20 July 2018 - 6 August 2018
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee USD 1800

The Sanisera Archaeology Institute for International Field Schools offers an annual archaeology dig on the island of Menorca, off the coast of Spain. This course is for students interested in bioanthropology, osteology who come from all over the world. It covers advanced and essential techniques used in an archaeological laboratory, such as technical drawing and photo-taking. The skills that students will learn can be externalized to complete studies, publications, or reports from the pieces found on any site. This program is divided in two main parts: Digging roman graves and Tools and laboratory techniques used with archaeological material.

Course leader

Fernando Contreras, Bernardo Vila.

Target group

If you are interested in bioarchaeology, how to excavate, classification of archaeological material from the Roman world as well as how to process this information using technical drawing, photography and digital illustration then this is the course you are looking for. This course accommodates participants with or without previous experience.

Course aim

Learn how to excavate is the most important thing for a student who wants to become a professional archaeologist, however during the last years we have noticed that both the archaeological investigation projects and the archaeological management projects are becoming more demanding and strict with the information gathering that take place in an excavation.

In the necropolis of Sanisera, without much physical exertion, and due to the stratigraphic conditions, you easily find and excavate tombs and their contents. You will excavate tombs and learn anthropological techniques used to recover human remains and grave goods. In the biological anthropology laboratory, you will learn how to treat and classify bones and grave goods recovered from the necropolis.    

Due to current needs of the archaeology world the archaeologist must acquire more experience and knowledge in the laboratory. It´s basic to catalogue all the material from the excavation efficiently and effectively by elaborating drawings, photographs and digital documentation that allow us to develop a rigorous research, for that reason the use of an appropriate image software has become essential for the elaboration of any report, study or publication.

Fee info

USD 1800: Course fee includes

Course tuition
Drawing material and photographic gear.
Software: Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
Accommodation in the Student Residency in Ciutadella. Two to six per room.
Walking distance to the historic center, port and beach
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accident insurance at the site.
Daily transportation to/from the archaeological fieldwork.
Excursions.
Certificate of participation