Location: Ciutadella de Menorca, 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.
We are not only in Spain, but we also have courses in Greece, Portugal, France, UK, Croatia, Turkey and Italy. We offer students more than 20 courses that can enrich their CVs, validate university credits and get recommendation letters to enter the job market or get into prestigious scientific research centers.
Our work is focused on the archaeological study of ancient cities, anthropology, osteology, digging graves, conservation in archaeology, art, museums, excavate shipwrecks and submerged cities of ancient ports in the underwater school in archaeology, how to make a movie, learning GIS Software for archaeologists and discovering the most important monuments from Ancient civilizations such as Athens and Rome.
In 2008 the Sanisera Archaeology Institute for International Field Schools started its courses at the Roman city of Sanisera. During all these years many students have come from all over the world to study abroad to Menorca (Balearic Islands, Spain) in order to dig up the Roman remains located at this classical site on the Northern coast of the island.
This course is divided in two parts. In this way, students can have to two archaeological experiences which are related to the land site: Digging in the Roman city and Advanced Laboratory focused on Classical archaeological remains – except for Roman pottery-, Roman coins, faunal remains and collection of soil samples.
Part 1. Digging in the Roman City of Sanisera (Menorca, Spain)
The research is focused on the archaeological excavation of Sanisera and studies what happened in this Roman port connected to the maritime traffic that sailed the Mediterranean during those times. As a result, we know that this is a very interesting archaeological site, with abundant findings of multiple artifacts that will help us to reconstruct its past.
The excavation at the Roman city of Sanisera provides all the archaeological documentation necessary for the student to acquire enough training and experience in all aspects involving an excavation from the Roman period dating between the 2nd century BC and the 6th century AD.
Time dedicated to this part of the program: 50%.
Part 2. Advanced Laboratory focused on Classical archaeological remains: Roman coins, faunal remains and soil samples (Menorca, Spain)
During fieldwork students recover materials located in rooms and other contexts, including Roman ceramics such as amphorae and fine wares, glass wares, faunal remains and metal pieces such as adornments, tools and coins.
Nowadays flotation machines are widely used in archaeological sites, since they have become essential instruments for the sieving of sediment that comes from sites, with the main aim of obtaining a collection of soil samples.
The soil that is removed during fieldwork can be collected as a sample. By analyzing it we can detect microbotanical remains (pollen, phytoliths), macrobotanical items (seeds, nuts, charcoal, fibers and other plant materials) and faunal specimens (bones from small animals and fish).
The advanced laboratory in materials has the principal goal of discovering the main activities and the life style of the inhabitants who occupied Sanisera between the 1st century BC and the 6th century AD.
On one hand, the cataloging of coins will give us basic information about their economy. On the other, the collection of soil samples and microremains located on them will tell us what they ate, which will give as an insight on times of prosperity, poverty or even basic survival.
Time dedicated to this part of the program: 50%.
What you will learn
In the Fieldwork
In the Laboratory
During the first days of the course you will learn from the beginning proper excavation techniques and methodology. At the site you will find archaeological remains from the Classical period including Roman pottery, amphorae, glass, etc, which you will learn how to identify in the laboratory.
On the second half of the course, fieldwork will focus on the in-depth analysis of Classical archaeological remains, - expect for Roman pottery, which is studied in more detail in course number 6 taught by The Sanisera Archaeology Institute-, recovered in the Roman City of Sanisera. Those materials are included basically in three groups: Roman coins, faunal remains and the collection of soil samples.
Many European excavations take place in Greek and Roman sites, where the most abundant material found is always pottery. Hence, pottery is usually the material studied at the laboratory.
Just in few occasions you will have the chance to learn how to classify other materials which are not pottery, such as coins, faunal remains and soil samples. Even though they are not as frequent as pottery finds, their study is very important in order to understand the type of site under investigation.
The opportunity of classifying coins, faunal remains and soil samples can be of your interest if you are thinking about specializing yourself on a specific archaeological field for a research work related to a postgraduate degree in Archaeology.
Also the training provided in this course will give you more experience, since you will get to know how specialists work in a laboratory, research center or certain museums.
Field School life & language
Participants will also be given lectures on methodology, Roman archaeology 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. 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
In 2015, 10 sessions, 20 days each
Session #1 April 9 – April 28 $ 1,600
Session #2 May 01 – May 20 $ 1,600
Session #3 May 23 - June 11 $ 2,100
Session #4 June 14 – July 03 $ 2,300
Session #5 July 06 – July 25 $ 2,300
Session #6 July 28 - August 16 $ 2,300
Session #7 August 19 – September 07 $ 1,800
Session #8 September 10 - September 29 $ 1,500
Session #9 October 02 - October 21 $ 1,300
Session #10 October 24 – November 12 $ 1,300
The course is limited to 6 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)
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)