Making a video documentary in the Archaeological Film School (Menorca, Spain)

Location: Es Mercadal, Spain

Monday, May 12, 2014 to Saturday, November 22, 2014

Session dates: 
1) May 12-31; 2) June 3-22; 3) June 25 - July 14; 4) July 17 - August 5; 5) August 8-27; 6) August 30 - September 18; 7) September 20 - October 9; 8) October 12-31; and 9) November 3 - November 22

Flyer: course001.pdf

Program Type

Field school


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

Project Director:

Macià Florit & 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 Field School has designed a course for students interested in film studies related to archaeology, as well as for participants interested in learning how to produce a video documentary and film studies related to archaeology.

Fieldwork will focus in two different sites. The first is The Roman Necropolis, which involves the excavation of a cluster of Roman tombs belonging to a cemetery located on the outskirts of the roman city of Sanisera, which was occupied from 400 BC to 550 AD. The second is the excavation of the Ancient Roman City of Sanisera, overlooking the natural port of Sanitja.

This film school consists of two main parts. The first one deals with filming a video documentary so that the audience can get to know more about the archaeological findings, the history of the two sites and the archaeological work carried out both on site and in the laboratory. In the second part of the course students will learn about the process of creating a documentary: preparing the plot, shooting on the site, selection of scenes, editing the video documentary and sound, as well as different elements regarding audiovisuals.

The director of this program is Macià Florit, an expert in film production of cultural, fiction and non-fiction videos. Also, archaeologists and specialists in biological anthropology and conservation will collaborate during the course.


Directed at

Students in the field of archaeology and anthropology should know how to disseminate their research and/or work in order to be more efficient and competitive. 

The transmission of information is increasingly more rapid and the production of material in video is necessary for quality of this area of work. Archaeologist and Anthropologist that excavate frequently discover a wealth of information related to their field, including the recovery of objects that should be communicated as soon as possible. It is essential to communicate discoveries, new hypotheses and theories through technological channels, social networks, websites, blogs, etc.

If you are interested in enhancing your studies and experiences in archaeology by learning in-depth film techniques, editing and video production centered on scientific research, then this is the course you should select.

You will film and prepare an archaeological script with the guidance of your professor, gaining skills and knowledge that can be applied in future projects.

While participating in this course, other students will be excavating the remains of a Roman city and a cluster of graves. Therefore you will have the opportunity to film real archaeological scenes and follow the treatment of discovered artifact in the laboratory.

The program takes place in Menorca, an island in the Mediterranean, a unique and privileged place, pristine and preserved surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea.

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


Student Testimonials

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Field School life & language

The course runs 7 hours per day, with time dedicated to both video footage while the archaeologists are excavating, and the processing of the digital documentation in order to create the archaeological documentary film.

Participants will also be given lectures on methodology regarding film productions, movie trailers and some examples of the best films about Archaeology. Participants will also visit archaeological sites on the island through organized excursions. Courses are given in both English and Spanish. For every seven course days there are two days off.



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: 9 sessions, 20 days each

Session #1 May 12th - May 31st $ 1,100

Session #2 June 3rd - June 22th $ 1,400

Session #3 June 25th - July 14th $ 1,400

Session #4 July 17th - August 5th $ 1,1400

Session #5 August 8th - August 27th $ 1,400

Session #6 August 30th - September 18th $ 1,400

Session #7 September 20th - October 9th $ 1,100

Session #8 October 12th - October 31th $ 1,100

Session #9 November 3rd - November 22th $ 1,100



 Spaces available

The course is limited to 3 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 (Classical Archaeology) & Movie Programm

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 20 days

Minimum age: 
18 (contact with questions about age)

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

Course fee includes

  • Course tuition.
  • Video recorder cameras.
  • Accommodation in the Student Residency. Two to six per room. 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Morning snack at the Ecomuseum.
  • Accident insurance at the site.
  • Excursions.
  • Certificate of participation

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

between $1100 to $1400 (session)

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered: none


Contact Information
Cesar Gonzalez
Es Mercadal
(34) 666 68 65 50