Fieldwork

2020 Total Station, AutoCAD & Archaeological Techniques of drawing, photography and digital illustration (Menorca – Balearic Islands – Spain) $1750 (one session, 16 days)

Location: Es Mercadal, ES

Season: May 1, 2020 to October 25, 2020

Session Dates: Session #01 May 01 – May 16 Session #02 May 19 – June 03 Session #03 June 06 – June 21 Session #04 June 26 – July 11 Session #05 July 14 – July 29 Session #06 August 01 – August 16

Deadline Type: Rolling

Website: http://bit.ly/2dsQZ0n

Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:
No

Affiliation:
The Sanisera Archaeology Institute for International Field Schools offers over 20 international courses focusing on archaeology, anthropology, GIS, underwater archaeology, archaeological techniques of drawing, photography and digital illustration, conservation, art, museums and archaeological film. Student's fieldwork centers on the survey and excavation of classical sites. - See WEB SITE: http://archaeology.institute

Project Director:
Fernando Contreras

Project Description:

General Information

http://archaeology.institute/042-total-station-autocad-and-archaeological-techniques-of-drawing-photography-and-digital-illustration.asp

The Sanisera Archaeology Institute for International Field Schools offers an annual archaeology dig on the island of Menorca, off the coast of Spain. This course is for students interested in archaeology, anthropology, mapping tools applied to archaeology. It covers advanced and essential techniques used in an archaeological laboratory, such as technical drawing and photo-taking. The skills that students will learn can be externalized to complete studies, publications, or reports from the pieces found on any site.

This program is divided in two main parts: Using an Electronic Total Station to create maps in a CAD drawing file and laboratory techniques used with archaeological material.

Part 1. Total Station & AutoCAD

In the first part of the course, participants will prepare a Topographic Data Base of the site using an Electronic Total Station, in order to create a DEM (Digital Elevation Model) and archaeological maps in a CAD drawing file. In this way, students will also learn how to use an Electronic Total Station, as well as software like AutoCAD.

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

Part 2. Tools and drawing techniques, photography and digital illustration

In the second part the students will practice the techniques that are used in an archaeological laboratory so that they can register the main objects found on a site with the highest quality. The development of those techniques will help us to obtain drawings, photographs and digital archives that will be extremely useful for the elaboration of publications, reports or further studies.

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

What you will learn

In the Fieldwork:

  • Collect field mapping data with a Total Station using coordinates to process maps.
  • Use and handling of a Total Station.
  • Draw planimetry diagrams of the excavation to draw maps using AutoCAD during the laboratory work.

In the Laboratory

  • Handle and learn AutoCAD software with coordinates from objects and structures.
  • Learn how to draw ceramic according with the standards (piece orientation, diameter edge estimation, representation of the decoration and several views generation).
  • Objects drawing exercises (glass, lithics, coins, bone needles).
  • Correct handle of the graphic representation and learning of different scales 1:1, 2:1…
  • General standards of composition and illumination in photography.
  • Photography techniques used on little objects like coins, jewels and ceramics  with decoration and epigraphy.
  • Drawing and photographing with Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop
  • Drawing and vector handling of the archaeological material with Adobe Illustrator.

Theory

  • History, archaeology, economy and culture of the Roman civilization.
  • Introduction to the History of the Sanisera Site.
  • Minorcan archaeology before the Roman conquest of the Balearic Islands.

Directed at

This course is designed for students that have participated in an archaeological excavation and would like to learn about archaeological tools used to document research information collected with rigor and quality, thanks to the handling of a Total Station and the field data processing translated to AutoCAD software to create stratigraphic maps of the excavation.

If you are interested in archaeology as well as how to process this information using technical drawing, photography and digital illustration then this is the course you are looking for. This course accommodates participants with or without previous experience.

Learn how to excavate is the most important thing for a student who wants to become a professional archaeologist, however during the last years we have noticed that both the archaeological investigation projects and the archaeological management projects are becoming more demanding and strict with the information gathering that take place in an excavation.

Due to current needs of the archaeology world the archaeologist must acquire more experience and knowledge in the laboratory. It´s basic to catalogue all the material from the excavation efficiently and effectively by elaborating drawings, photographs and digital documentation that allow us to develop a rigorous research, for that reason the use of an appropriate image software has become essential for the elaboration of any report, study or publication.

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.

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 six course days there are two days off. The course is taught in English and Spanish.

Certificates

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.

Sessions Dates Cost
Session #01 May 01 – May 16 $ 1750
Session #02 May 19 – June 03 $ 1750
Session #03 June 06 – June 21 $ 1750
Session #04 June 26 – July 11 $ 1750
Session #05 July 14 – July 29 $ 1750
Session #06 August 01 – August 16 $ 1750

Spaces avalaible

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: Methodology in Archaeology

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 16 days

Minimum Age: 16 (contact with questions about age)

Experience Required: no

Room and Board Arrangements:
Course fee includes Course tuition. Electronic Total Station. Mapping software: AutoCAD Drawing material and photographic gear. Software: Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Accommodation in the Student Residency in Ciutadella. Two to six per room. Walking distance to the historic center, port and beach 3 Meals a day. Accident insurance at the site. Daily transportation to/from the archaeological fieldwork. Certificate of participation. Entry tickets to museums and historical buildings are not included either. Cost: $1750 per session

Contact Information:


Aida Roman

Apdo. 68

Es Mercadal

Menorca - Spain

7740

Spain

info@archaeology.institute

Phone: +1 347 8710963

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