Location: Es Mercadal, Spain
Season Dates: March 29, 2014 - November 22, 2014
Session Dates: 1) March 29 - April 17; 2) April 20 - May 9; 3) May 12-31; 4) June 3-22; 5) September 20 - October 9; 6) October 12-31; and 7) November 3 - November 22
Affiliation: The Sanisera Field School: International Archaeology Courses (more than 20 courses)
Project Director: Fernando Contreras and Carmen Olivares
Our commitment is to promote Archaeology in its different aspects of research, training, and conservation, with a basic and clear purpose: to involve anyone from around the world who wishes to gain access to this scientific field. Sanisera is an international archaeological organization whose main aim is that of promoting and developing research , so that our current and future generations can be enriched by culture and education in this field.
Courses Quick Guide
This program is divided in four main parts.
Part 1. Preparing a Topographic Data Base of the site
In the first part of the course, participants will prepare a Topographic Data Base of the site using an Electronic Total Station, in order to create a DEM (Digital Elevation Model) and archaeological maps in a CAD drawing file. In this way, students will also learn how to use an Electronic Total Station, as well as software like Golden and AutoCAD.
Time dedicated to this part of the program: 35%.
Part 2. 3D Modeling with Photomodeler, Photoshop & CorelDraw
The second part deals with the usage of photogrammetry to create a 3D Modeling, which will be based on photos from some structures of the excavated Roman city and cemetery of Sanisera. Participants will learn how to use software such as Photomodeler, Photoshop and CorelDraw.
Time dedicated to this part of the program: 10%.
Part 3. 3D Modeling using Google Sketchup 8
The third part will combine published images of Roman architecture, photos from the Sanisera city and cemetery that have been excavated, satellite images from Google Maps and Google Earth, and CAD graphics, all in order to create a 3D Model of the site, using Google Sketchup 8.
Time dedicated to this part of the program: 5%.
Part 4. Creating an archaeological GIS platform
Finally, in the last part of the program, students will practice their computer drawing skills, so they can create an archaeological GIS platform from the applied recording system of Sanisera. And in this way, students will also learn how to use the ARCGIS software.
Time dedicated to this part of the program: 50%.
This course is designed for students that have participated in an archaeological excavation and would like to learn about archaeological tools used to document research information collected with rigor and quality.
Many students studying archaeology, anthropology and classics have participated as part of a research team. However, not many have experience in using a total station for creating plans or GIS for processing the large volume of information generated during an excavation.
If you would like to enhance your studies and experiences in archaeology as well as be more competitive and efficient within your field, then with this course you will learn skills that will set you apart. Currently, using GIS to process collected data shows importance towards any type of research project, be it an archaeological survey or excavation.
This program is advanced and specialized, focusing on extracting the maximum performance from software and technology available to archaeologist.
We recommend that if you have no excavation experience, that you first participate in one of the following Sanisera Field School courses: 006, 008, or 010. This will allow you to better assimilate the essential information that you will be recording and processing with the software.
This course takes place on a Mediterranean island, among a pristine and unique landscape, surrounded by the sea.
Field School life & language
The fieldwork runs 7 hours per day. The day will be divided between learning mapping techniques, lab work, exercises, lectures, videos and excursions. For every seven course days there are two days off. The course is taught in English and Spanish.
At the end of the Program students will receive a certificate of participation stating the hours and activities of the course. Participants that perform exceedingly well in the course may receive a letter of recommendation from our organization up on request.
Sessions & Cost
For 2014: 11 sessions, 20 days each
Session #1 March 29th – April 17th $ 1,100
Session #2 April 20th – May 9th $ 1,100
Session #3 May 12th - May 31st $ 1,400
Session #4 June 3rd - June 22th $ 1,400
Session #5 June 25th - July 14th $ 1,400
Session #6 July 17th - August 5th $ 1,1400
Session #7 August 8th - August 27th $ 1,400
Session #8 August 30th - September 18th $ 1,100
Session #9 September 20th - October 9th $ 1,100
Session #10 October 12th - October 31th $ 1,100
Session #11 November 3rd - November 22th $ 1,100
The course is limited to 5 participants per session. Reservations are only effective when payment of the registration fee is received. If for any reason the course is cancelled, payment is returned according to the field school refund policy.
Period(s) of Occupation: Roman period and methodology and software
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 20 days
Minimum Age: 18 (contact with questions about age)
Experience Required: no
Room and Board Arrangements
Course fee includes
Airfare not included from the student home to/from Menorca (Spain).
Cost: between $1100 to $1400 (session)
Number of credits offered: none
Es Mercadal, Menorca 07740
Phone: (34) 666 68 65 50