Topic ID #25635 - posted 12/18/2012 11:56 AM



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.

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Courses Quick Guide

General Information

This program is divided in two main parts. In the first part of the course students will gain experience in archaeological fieldwork by excavating in the Ancient Roman city of Sanisera. During the second part students will discover the most significant remains from Ancient World Cultures through an archaeological tour around Barcelona and its surroundings, which will be leaded by an expert on Ancient art history.

Part 1. The archaeological fieldwork in Sanisera (Menorca, Spain)
Fieldwork will focus on the excavation of a urban area where a monastery has been found. The monastery, which dates from the 5th and 6th centuries AD, includes an Early Christian basilica. The Harris system will be followed in order to systematically dig all the sequence the site has. In the laboratory students will learn to classify all the artifacts found on site, including Roman pottery, numismatics and faunal remains. Time dedicated to this part of the program: 70%.

Part 2. Exploring the Ancient World Cultures in Barcelona (Spain)
The museums in Barcelona have on display many fascinating collections of very significant archaeological materials from different periods, such as Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Medieval.

The History of Barcelona and its territory is very old. The ancient Greek city of Emporion (Ampurias) was founded on its shores. Nowadays the remains of the Roman city of Barcino rest under modern Barcelona. In Roman times, the city of Tarraco, which was very close to Barcelona, was the capital of the Empire during the reign of Emperor Augustus. Regarding the Medieval Period, Barcelona presents many churches and monasteries with very well preserved sculptures and paintings. This tour will have a duration of five days and explanations will be in English. Time dedicated to this part of the program: 30%.

Directed at
If you have not excavated as a volunteer in a field school and would like to experiment in archaeology and visit and explore remarkable archaeological remains from the classical world near the Roman city of Sanisera, then this course will cover your interest. This program accommodates participants with or without previous experience.

Barcelona was called in antiquity Barcino and there are extremely interesting ruins surrounding the city that show the mark that Rome left on this city, near Menorca.

After completing this course, you will have gained a detailed experience of classical Roman archaeology from excavating in the Roman city of Sanisera, classifying archaeological material and exploring monuments of Barcelona and surrounding areas such as aqueducts, amphitheaters, Roman defense walls, etc.

Participants of this course will have the opportunity to excavate in unique Mediterranean island, next to the ocean and stunning landscapes. They will then visit Barcelona, one of the most iconic cities of Europe that shouldn’t be missed. Previous knowledge or experience in archaeology or computer systems is not required.

Field School life & language
This field school program, with a length of 20 days, will start in Spain.
Students will meet in Menorca during the first day. Next and during the following days they will focus on the excavation of the ancient city of Sanisera, where they will work for 8 days. Students will receive an intensive introduction on basic aspects of field excavation techniques following the Harris Matrix.
The fieldwork runs 7 hours per day, with time dedicated to excavation as well as laboratory work focused on Roman pottery. Courses are given in both English and Spanish.

On the 11th day of the course participants will travel to Barcelona, where they will stay for the following 6 days. During this time, they will visit Barcelona, its museums on Archaeology and Medieval Art, as well as the amazing collection from Ancient Egypt in "Fundación Clos". Participants will also visit the remains of the city of Tarraco, which include the aqueduct, the outer city walls, the amphitheater and the necropolis.
Moreover, we will suggest students to visit other places during their free time: the monastery in Sant Cugat, the modernist art in the "Sagrada Familia" church, "La Pedrera" house and other museums on contemporary art such as the Picasso museum.

Once students finish the archaeological tour, they will have two days off in order to enjoy their free time. On the 19th day of the course students will fly back to Menorca, from where they will go back home.

Sessions & Cost

For 2014: 3 sessions, 20 days each

  • June 25 - July 14 $ 2300
  • July 17 - August 5 $ 2300
  • August 8 - August 27 $ 2300

Course fee includes:

  • Course tuition
  • Accomodation
  • Daily transportation to/from the archaeological fieldwork.
  • Transportation to Menorca – Barcelona / Barcelona - Menorca
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner (only while in Sanisera - Menorca)
  • Certificate of participation.

Airfare not included from the student home to/from Menorca (Spain).
During the archaeological tour in Barcelona meals are not included (only 8 days of the 20 days of the course, although we will recommend some cafés and restaurants that do not exceed the average of 15€/day in meals.
Entry tickets to museums and historical buildings are not included either.


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.

Spaces available

The course is limited to 8 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.

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 20 days

Minimum Age: 18 (contact with questions about age)

Experience Required: No

Contact Information Cesar Gonzalez .Email: .Phone: 00.34.666 68 65 50



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