Location: Es Mercadal, Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
The Cape of Cavalleria Ecomuseum in Menorca, Spain, has scheduled for 2012 the excavation of funerary deposits made by the first inhabitants of Menorca. The excavation is directed by Fernando Contreras, director of the Cape of Cavalleria Ecomuseum in collaboration with other specialists in physical anthropology and conservation. The course runs 7 hours a day which is divided between excavation of the cave and laboratory work; study and conservation of the human remains and other materials recovered from the burial site. The fieldwork focuses on the spatial distribution of the individuals and the objects related to their rituals and grave goods. Students will also participate in lectures, classes, exercises and excursions related to the course material. For every seven course days there are two days off. Participants will learn and apply excavation techniques used in physical anthropology when excavating the cave tombs. In the laboratory, participants will follow guidelines set by an anthropologist and other specialists for the classification, study, and conservation of human remains and other related material found. Participants will also be given lectures on methodology, roman archaeology, physical anthropology and classification of archaeological materials. Participants will visit other archaeological sites on the island through organized excursions. Courses are given in both English and Spanish.
Period(s) of Occupation: Bronze Age
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 20 days
Room and Board Arrangements
Participants will stay in the Ecomuseum's student residence in Ciutadella (air-conditioned), within walking distance of the historic center, port, and beaches. Ciutadella is an enchanting Mediterranean town, lively with cafés and outdoor terraces hidden among narrow cobble stone streets. Transportation to and from the excavation site and planned excursions are included. Cost includes full room and board, transportation, accidental medical insurance, planned excursions, application fee and administrative cost. Airfare not included.
Academic CreditNumber of credits offered: none