Maritime Archaeology Fieldwork in the Ancient Port of the Roman City of Sanisera. Discovering amphora & shipwrecks underwater (Menorca, Mediterranean Island, Spain)
Maritime Archaeology Fieldwork in the Ancient Port of the Roman City of Sanisera. Discovering amphora & shipwrecks underwater (Menorca, Mediterranean Island, Spain)
The port of Sanitja: The dive site of the underwater school (Menorca, Spain)Students preparing for a dive in the port of Sanitja (Menorca, Spain)
Drawing a Roman amphora of the underwater shool (Menorca, Spain)Student of the underwater school documenting an anchor (Menorca, Spain)

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
Application Deadline:

Website: http://www.ecomuseodecavalleria.com

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Program Type
Field school

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

Project Director: Fernando Contreras and Pere Massó

Project Description

http://www.ecomuseodecavalleria.com/the-sanisera-field-school-video.asp

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?

http://www.ecomuseodecavalleria.com/the-sanisera-field-school-why-participate.asp

 

Courses Quick Guide

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bx9OoqLZy9nPRllVWG0wbm9jcUk/edit?usp=sharing&pli=1

 

General Information

http://www.ecomuseodecavalleria.com/013-discover-amphora-and-shipwrecks-in-sanitja.asp

Over the past eight years, The Underwater School in Archaeology has researched the ancient port of Sanitja via an intensive survey program. We have discovered 18 Roman shipwrecks with cargo, including amphora, and more than 10 anchors from different time periods.

For 2014, The Sanisera Field School offers an underwater archaeology course consisting of two main parts.

Part 1: Explore the Ancient Roman Port of Sanitja (Menorca, Spain)

There will be a minimum of 16 immersions focusing on underwater archaeological survey exploring the Ancient Port of Sanitja and the coast of the Cape of Cavalleria. The aim of this project is to identify structures of the Roman city of Sanisera and underwater shipwrecks, as well as the associated cargo including amphora and anchors. The port of Sanitja was not only occupied by Romans.  There are also ruins of a Muslim mosque and an English defense tower which lead us to believe that we could find other vessels from these time periods. During the last years of survey, several anchors and three shipwrecks from the XVI-XIX centuries were discovered.  Course time dedicated: 90%.

Part 2. Mediterranean Shipbuilding (Menorca, Spain)

This component of the course focuses on Mediterranean shipbuilding techniques, both on theoretical and practical levels. Students will put into practice their conservation skills with a ship from the 1920s. Students will learn the basics of traditional Mediterranean shipbuilding, as well as which tools, instruments and methods are the most suitable to restore old vessels.  Course time dedicated: 10%.

Students will also attend lectures on Roman shipwrecks, Roman amphora and Mediterranean shipbuilding techniques.

 

Directed at

This course offered by the Sanisera Field School is designed to teach with precision this field of research. If you are interested in learning underwater survey techniques and methodology and apply them in a Roman port where you will find amphora, anchors and the remains of shipwrecks, then this is a good option for you. 

During this course, you will learn how to identify archaeological remains on the seabed. In the laboratory, you will learn, how to classify archaeological material found and how to determine dates and methods used to determine the location and elements of the cargos from shipwrecks.

After finishing this course, the training and experience gained will help you to decide if underwater archaeology is the area of research that you wish to focus on or if you want to continue on with underwater archaeology as a future profession. 

The water is very clear in Menorca, with an astonishing visibility…often up to 18 to 20 meters. The water is calm and mild in temperature and currant, allowing for excellent diving conditions in a natural and pristine Mediterranean atmosphere. 

Previous knowledge or experience in archaeology or computer systems is not required.

 

Student Testimonials  

Video 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apVcd00rZas

 

Field School Life & Language

The course runs six hours per day.  The day will be divided between diving in the Roman Port of Sanitja, lab work, exercises, lectures, videos and excursions. The course is taught in English and Spanish.

 

Options

To participate in diving activities, it is necessary to have a diving certificate that will allow you to dive up to 18 meters in depth.  For this reason, we have designed two groups to choose from: with or without a diving certificate.

Group 1. Without a diving certificate: Those that do not have their diving certificate should choose this group.

Group 2. With certificate: Those that have a diving certificate from an internationally recognized organization (i.e. PADI), should choose this group. 

 

Medical Check

On the first day of the course, participants have to show a medical document stating that he/she is fit for diving activities. Participants that do not have this document on the first day will not be allowed to participate until they are able to present this document.

 

Certificates

At   the   end   of   the Field 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 upon request.

 

Sessions & Cost

For 2014: 11 sessions, 20 days each

Session #1 March 29th – April 17th $ 2,100

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

Session #3 May 12th - May 31st $ 2,600

Session #4 June 3rd - June 22th $ 2,800

Session #5 June 25th - July 14th $ 2,800

Session #6 July 17th - August 5th $ 2,800

Session #7 August 8th - August 27th $ 2,800

Session #8 August 30th - September 18th $ 2,300

Session #9 September 20th - October 9th $ 2,100

Session #10 October 12th - October 31th $ 2,100

Session #11 November 3rd - November 22th $ 2,100

 

Spaces Available

The course is limited to 8 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 to modern

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:

  • Accommodation in the Student Residency in Ciutadella. Two to six per room.
  • Walking distance to the historic center, port and beaches.
  • Course tuition.
  • Tanks, tank filling and weights.
  • Daily transportation to/from the archaeological fieldwork.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Morning snack at the site.
  • Accident insurance at the site.
  • Excursions.
  • Certificate of participation
  • Open water diving certificate (PADI) for those in group # 1.

Airfare not included from the student home to/from Menorca (Spain).
 
Equipment Needed
We encourage participants to bring their own dive gear, however, a complete set of diving equipment (with the exception of mask and snorkel which each participant must bring) can be rented at the reduced cost of 15 Euros per day.
 

Cost: Between $2100 to $2800

Academic Credit
Number of credits offered: none

Contact Information
Cesar Gonzalez
APDO 68
Es Mercadal, Menorca 07740
Spain
sanisera@arrakis.es
Phone: (34) 666 68 65 50

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