Fieldwork in the Necropolis of Sanisera and GIS applied in Archaeology (Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain)
Fieldwork in the Necropolis of Sanisera and GIS applied in Archaeology (Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain)
Roman tomb of the Sanisera Necropolis (Menorca, Spain)Applying GIS in the tombs of Sanisera (Menorca, Spain)
Creating an archeological GIS platform in the Necropolis of Sanisera (Menorca, Spain)Digging a Roman tomb in the Sanisera Necropolis

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) June 25 - July 14; 6) July 17 - August 5; 7) August 8-27; 8) August 30 - September 18; 9) September 20 - October 9; 10) October 12-31; and 11) November 3 - November 22
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Program Type
Field school

Affiliation: The Sanisera Field School: International Archaeology Courses (more than 20 courses)

Project Director: Carmen Olivares, Dolores Soriano and Fernando Contreras

Project Description

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.


Why participate?


Courses Quick Guide


General Information


This program is divided in two main parts: Biological Anthropology in the tombs of Sanisera and Mapping tools focused on GIS.

Part 1. Biological archaeology in the Necropolis of Sanisera

Death in Rome has been studied in Sanisera since we started digging the first necropolis in 2008. So far we have excavated 72 tombs belonging to a Roman cemetery which could have been related to a basilica in the Roman city if Sanisera, which dates from the 4th and 6th centuries AD. The Osteology corpus in this necropolis includes more than 270 individuals.

The fieldwork focuses on funerary structures, specifically inhumation graves. Participants will learn and apply excavation techniques used in biological anthropology when excavating tombs. Students will also participate in lectures on skeletal anatomy and pathologies, classes, exercises and excursions related to the course material. In the laboratory participants will be instructed by an anthropologist and other archaeologists in the classification, study, and conservation of human remains and other related materials found.

Time dedicated to this part of the program: 50%.

Part 2. Creating an archaeological GIS platform

In the second part students will practice their computer drawing skills, so that they can create an archaeological GIS platform from the applied recording system of Sanisera. In this way, students will also learn how to use the ARCGIS software.

Time dedicated to this part of the program: 50%.


Directed at

If you are interested in anthropology, how to excavate tombs, classification of anthropological material such as human remains and grave goods as well as how to process this information using GIS software, then this is the course you are looking for. This course accommodates participants with or without previous experience.

This is a general course that focuses on an archaeological excavation of a Roman necropolis and the software used to record information from the archaeological excavation. After a week of excavating tombs and learning human anatomy in the laboratory, participants will then use ARCGIS software to enter in the data recovered during fieldwork hours.

This course takes place on a Mediterranean island, among a pristine and unique landscape, surrounded by the sea.

Previous knowledge or experience in archaeology is not required.


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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.


Sesssions & Cost

For 2014: 11 sessions, 20 days each

Session #1 March 29th – April 17th $ 1,300

Session #2 April 20th – May 9th $ 1,300

Session #3 May 12th - May 31st $ 1,700

Session #4 June 3rd - June 22th $ 1,900

Session #5 June 25th - July 14th $ 1,900

Session #6 July 17th - August 5th $ 1,900

Session #7 August 8th - August 27th $ 1,900

Session #8 August 30th - September 18th $ 1,700

Session #9 September 20th - October 9th $ 1,300

Session #10 October 12th - October 31th $ 1,100

Session #11 November 3rd - November 22th $ 1,100



Spaces available

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: Classical Archaeology

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

  • Course tuition.
  • Mapping Software: ARCGIS.
  • 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.
  • Morning snack at the Sanisera site.
  • Accident insurance at the site.
  • Daily transportation to/from the archaeological fieldwork.
  • Excursions.
  • Certificate of participation.

Airfare not included from the student home to/from Menorca (Spain).

Cost: Between $1100 to $1900 per session

Academic Credit
Number of credits offered: none

Contact Information
Cesar Gonzalez
Es Mercadal, Menorca 07740
Phone: (34) 666 68 65 50

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