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New course 2015: Digging remains and conservation in archaeology focused of the Roman city of Sanisera

Location: Es Mercadal, Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

April 9, 2015 to November 12, 2015

Session dates: 
1) April 9 - April 28; 2) May 01 - May 20; 3) May 23 - June 11; 4) June 14 - July 03; 5) July 06 - July 25; 6) July 28 - August 16; 7) August 19 - September 07; 8) September 10 - September 29; 9) October 02 - October 21; 10) October 24 - November 12

Application Deadline: 
Monday, November 30, 2015

Deadline Type: 
Contact for details

Flyer: PDF icon the_cave_dig_2012.pdf

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



The Sanisera Archaeology Institute for International Field Schools offers over 20 international courses focusing on archaeology, anthropology, GIS, underwater archaeology, conservation, art, museums and archaeological film. Student's fieldwork centers on the survey and excavation of classical sites. - See more at:

Project Director:

Lucia Gutierrez & Fernando Contreras

Project Description

The Cape of Cavalleria Ecomuseum in Menorca, Spain, has scheduled for 2012 the excavation of funerary deposits made by the first inhabitants of Menorca. The excavation is directed by Fernando Contreras, director of the Cape of Cavalleria Ecomuseum in collaboration with other specialists in physical anthropology and conservation. The course runs 7 hours a day which is divided between excavation of the cave and laboratory work; study and conservation of the human remains and other materials recovered from the burial site. The fieldwork focuses on the spatial distribution of the individuals and the objects related to their rituals and grave goods. Students will also participate in lectures, classes, exercises and excursions related to the course material. For every seven course days there are two days off. Participants will learn and apply excavation techniques used in physical anthropology when excavating the cave tombs. In the laboratory, participants will follow guidelines set by an anthropologist and other specialists for the classification, study, and conservation of human remains and other related material found. Participants will also be given lectures on methodology, roman archaeology, physical anthropology 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.

Period(s) of Occupation: Classical Archaeology & Conservation

The training provided in this course and the experience you can acquire can be of importance in your future if you are thinking about archaeology, conservation or curation in a professional level. You can learn from the beginning excavation & conservation techniques and methodology. During this course you will have the chance to practice with archaeological remains dating from the Classical period, including Roman pottery, amphorae, glass, human bones, faunal remains, coins, metals, ivory, etc. You will learn how to treat them properly at the laboratory. The comprehensive experience that you will gain in this course will help you to decide if you want to pursue archaeology, conservation, or curation as a profession.

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

Participants will stay in the Ecomuseum's student residence in Ciutadella (air-conditioned), within walking distance of the historic center, port, and beaches. Ciutadella is an enchanting Mediterranean town, lively with cafés and outdoor terraces hidden among narrow cobble stone streets. Transportation to and from the excavation site and planned excursions are included. Cost includes full room and board, transportation, accidental medical insurance, planned excursions, application fee and administrative cost. Airfare not included.

Between $1,300 and $2,600 per session

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered: none


Contact Information
Lana Johnson
Es Mercadal
(34) 699 69 55 80

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