Main techniques for digs and archaeological research: GIS applied in Archaeology, AutoCAD to create maps and training in drawing and digital illustration of archaeological artifacts (San Javier, Murcia – Spain), June – July, $ 2300

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Location: San Javier, Murcia, Spain

Season: June 5, 2022 to July 31, 2022

Session Dates: Session #1 2022 | June 05 – June 19 $ 2300 Session #2 2022 | June 19 – July 03 $ 2300 Session #3 2022 | July 03 – July 17 $ 2300 Session #4 2022 | July 17 – July 31 $ 2300

Application Deadline: December 1, 2022

Deadline Type: Contact for Details


Program Type:
Field School, Volunteer

RPA Certified:

Sanisera Archaeology Institute

Project Director:
Carmen Martínez Mañogil Graduated in History (2005-2010), Master in Applied Archaeology, Professional Management and Research Strategies in Archaeological Heritage (2010-2011) and currently carrying out the specialized doctorate program in Roman Archaeology at the University of Murcia. He applied GIS and AutoCAD techniques in his master project: "The Roman Villa of Alamillo (Mazarrón, Murcia, Spain)". His areas of interest are classical Roman archaeology, techniques used in fieldwork and survey methodology, and digital application to draw pottery and other artefacts in the laboratory. Use AutoCAD and ArcGIS on ongoing projects. She is currently the director of the Spanish archaeological company, CMM Arqueología and works in archaeological fieldwork, survey and works supervision projects. Since 2009 she has been an active researcher in the scientific project "Archaeological Park of the Roman Forum of Molinete" directed by the department of archaeology at the University of Murcia. At an international level, he has collaborated with The Antiquity of Southeastern Europe Research Center (ARC) of the University of Warsaw in the Danube Limes UNESCO World Heritage project and with the Institute of Nautical Archeology of the University of Texas (USA) in the site "Bajo de la Campana (San Javier, Murcia)".

Project Description:

The Sanisera Archaeology Institute for International Field Schools offers an annual archaeology dig on San Javier, Murcia, on the southern coast of Spain. This course is for students who come from all over the world to study abroad and who are interested in archaeology, anthropology, mapping tools applied to archaeology, as well as for participants who want to learn about archaeological recording system with a GIS (Geographic Information System).

In addition, it includes advanced and main techniques used in an archaeological laboratory, such as technical drawing and digital illustration of archaeological artifacts. The skills that students will learn can be externalized to complete studies, publications, or reports from the pieces found on any archaeological site.

This program is divided in two parts:

Part 1. GIS applied in archaeology & AutoCAD Software

In the first week of the course you will learn to use two software: ArcGIS and AutoCAD. These two programs are used to manipulate all the graphic documentation of any archaeological investigation or excavation and achieve highest quality results.

Using AutoCAD you can create maps, sections, planimetry, without limitations. ArcGIS is highly recommended for surveying, spatial calculations of any archaeological entity that you want to analyze and integrate into a scientific project.

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

Part 2. Tools and drawing techniques and digital illustration of archaeological artifacts

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 an archaeological site with the highest quality. The development of those techniques will help us to obtain drawings 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

  • Handle and learn ArcGIS and AutoCAD software.
  • Design of an archaeological map in AutoCAD.
  • Design, preparation and management of archaeological information in a GIS platform using the map created in CAD, and manipulation of the database of an archaeological project.
  • Integration of satellite images or raster from Google Engine.
  • Geolocation of places or points of interest from Google Maps or Google Earth that will be exported to the ArcGIS platform.
  • Development of a terrain elevation model (DEM Model) with Global Mapper
  • Dig pottery treatment in the laboratory process: how it is classified, inventoried and cataloged.
  • Learn how to draw pottery according with the standards (piece orientation, diameter edge estimation, representation of the decoration and several views generation).
  • Correct handle of the graphic representation and learning of different scales 1:1, 2:1…
  • Learn how to use software such as Photoshop and Inkscape to make an archaeological digital illustration.

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 the field data processing translated to AutoCAD or/and ArcGIS 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, 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 stricter 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, 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 program is advanced and specialized, focusing on extracting the maximum performance from software and technology available to archaeologist.

Field School life & language

The fieldwork runs five hours per day. The day will be divided between learning mapping techniques, lab work, exercises, lectures and videos. For every five course days there are two days off. The course is taught in English and Spanish. This course takes place on a Mediterranean coast of Spain.

Sessions & Cost

Sessions Dates Cost
Session #1 2022 | June 05 – June 19 $ 2300
Session #2 2022 | June 19 – July 03 $ 2300
Session #3 2022 | July 03 – July 17 $ 2300
Session #4 2022 | July 17 – July 31 $ 2300


Certificates - 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.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 15

Minimum Age: 18 and young students between 16 and 18 years old can apply with special permission from their parents.

Experience Required: Previous knowledge or experience in archaeology.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Course fee includes • Course tuition. • Software: AutoCAD, ArcGIS, Global Mapper, Photoshop, Inkscape. • Drawing material. • Accommodation in the student residency. • Walking distance to the historic center, port and beach. • Accident insurance at the school. • Certificate of participation. • Scrupulous daily cleaning of the entire residence by professionals with hygienic products against Covid. • Following the protection measures, the staff will ensure that the use of the mask covering the nose and mouth is mandatory throughout the day, whether during field work, laboratory activities or visits. In the common spaces of the residence it will also be mandatory. If any participant does not follow these rules, they will be expelled from the course. • Each participant upon arrival at the facilities of Sanisera Archeology Institute in Menorca, will sign a responsible statement in accordance with the preventive measures of COVID and that in case of discomfort or symptoms that both he and the staff consider may be harmful to the rest of the participants, they must go to a medical assistance center to diagnose your condition. • In case of needing to process Schengen Visa the mandatory letter of invitation will be written so you can travel. Airfare not included from the student home to Spain. Meals are not included, although we will recommend some cafés and restaurants that do not exceed the average of 20 € /day in meals. Entry tickets to museums and historical buildings are not included either.

Academic Credit:

Contact Information:

Fernando Contreras Rodrigo

Apdo. 68

Es Mercadal




Phone: +34 608894650

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