Topic ID #30540 - posted 1/5/2014 4:19 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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General Information

The Sanisera Field School has designed a fieldwork course for students interested in participating and experimenting with archaeology in two archaeologically rich sites; the island of Menorca and city of Seville in southern Spain. Since then it has organized courses for students who come from all over the world to study abroad and who are interested in anthropology. We have designed a course that focuses on funerary structures, specifically inhumation graves of the Roman city of Sanisera from the classical period as well as the study of a unique collection of human remains from Roman Villas in Seville.

Part 1: Dig & Bioarchaeology  in the Necropolis of  Sanisera (Menorca, Spain)

Death in Rome has been studied in Sanisera since we started digging the first necropolis in 2008. So far we have excavated 72 tombs belonging to a Roman cemetery which could have been related to a basilica in the Roman city if Sanisera, which dates from the 4th and 6th centuries AD. The Osteology corpus in this necropolis includes more than 270 individuals.

The fieldwork focuses on funerary structures, specifically inhumation graves. Participants will learn and apply excavation techniques used in biological anthropology when excavating tombs. Students will also participate in lectures on skeletal anatomy and pathologies, classes, exercises and excursions related to the course material. In the laboratory participants will be instructed by an anthropologist and other archaeologists in the classification, study, and conservation of human remains and other related materials found. Time dedicated to this part of the program: 50%.

Part 2: Biological Anthropology in Seville (Spain)
Seville was known in Roman times as Hispalis, founded in one of the richest agricultural lands of the Roman Empire. From there, they exported to Rome oil, wine and wheat in large quantities. Around the city estates were built to manage the exploitation of the field and in this program we have the opportunity to study a villa occupied during the 4th and 6th centuries AD and its necropolis with more than 50 graves.

Focuses on the in-depth analysis of human skeletal remains excavated. Participants will learn the techniques of analyzing and recording information from human skeletal remains in an archaeological context. In this lab based course, both lecture and experiential learning will be used to enable students to gain confidence in the identification and analysis of various skeletal conditions. Time dedicated to this part of the program: 50%.

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If you are interested in studying biological anthropology or are already doing so at your university and are looking to gain field experience as a volunteer excavating a necropolis and tombs, then classify and study in a laboratory of a museum in Spain archaeological material such as human remains and grave goods, this could be your best option. This program accommodates participants with or without previous experience.

This course is designed to perfect your knowledge in biological anthropology. During the first week you will excavate a Roman necropolis on the island of Menorca and then will travel to Seville to study a unique collection of bones learning how to classify, recognize gender, pathologies, and more information that that advanced techniques in anthropology allow us to learn from human remains. You will learn to work in a team, under the guidance of an expert, excavating human remains and then working with human remains in the laboratory of an archaeological museum.

In this course, participants will have the opportunity to discover and explore two beautiful and unique places in Spain. First, in Menorca participants will excavate tombs in a Roman cemetery, on the northern coast, next to the sea and among stunning Mediterranean landscapes. Then participants will travel to Seville and will experience authentic Spanish culture including architecture and flamenco. Previous knowledge or experience in archaeology or computer systems is not required.

Student Testimonials

Field Program

This field school program, with a length of 20 days, will start in Spain. Students will meet in Menorca during the first day. For the following 6 days participants will focus on the dig of skeletal remains from the Necropolis of Sanisera. The excavation of the Roman cemetery focuses on funerary structures, specifically inhumations. Participants will learn and apply excavation techniques used in biological anthropology when excavating tombs. Students will also participate in lectures on skeletal anatomy and pathologies, classes and exercises related to the course material. During the next three days of the course, students will travel to Seville by plane (included in tuition costs) and visit the most culturally interesting cities of Andalusia, Granada and Cordoba.

Once in Seville, participants will study during seven days material from the excavations of a Roman villa from the ancient city of Seville.  The archaeological material consists of a unique collection of human remains that will be analyzed by students so that they gain experience in archaeological laboratory work. In the laboratory participants will be instructed by an anthropologist in the classification, study, and conservation of human remains. Participants will also be given lectures on methodology, Roman archaeology and biological anthropology. The last days of the course will be free days so participants can enjoy and get to know the island of Menorca. The fieldwork runs 7 hours a day. The course is taught in English and Spanish.

Sessions & Cost

For 2014: 7 sessions, 20 days each

  • March 29 – April 17 $1,900
  • April 20 – May 9 $1,900
  • May 12 - May 31 $2,400
  • June 3- June 22 $2,600
  • September 20 - October 9 $1,800
  • October 12 - October 31 $1,900
  • November 3- November 22 $1,900

Course fee includes:

  • Course tuition
  • Accomodation
  • Daily transportation to/from the archaeological fieldwork.
  • Transportation while in Spain
  • Flight ticket to/from Menorca-Seville.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner (only while in Sanisera - Menorca)
  • Accident insurance.
  • Certificate of participation

Airfare not included from the student home to/from Menorca (Spain).

During the days in Seville meals are not included (9 days of the 20 days course, although we will recommend some cafés and restaurants that do not exceed the average of 10€/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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