Location: Es Mercadal, Spain
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 20 days
Room and Board Arrangements
Course fee includes:
Airfare not included from the student home to/from Menorca (Spain).
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.
Academic CreditNumber of credits offered: none