Topic ID #35096 - posted 2/25/2015 9:06 AM

Dig in Menorca (Spain) & Explore Athens 2015



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

1.                  General Information

This program, which has been scheduled by The Sanisera Archaeology Institute for International Field Schools, 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. This site is located in the Mediterranean island of Menorca. During the second part, students will discover the most significant remains from Ancient Greece through an archaeological tour around ancient Athens, which will be leaded by an expert on Greek art & Museums.

Part 1. The archaeological fieldwork in Sanisera (Menorca, Spain)

The research is focused on the archaeological excavation of Sanisera and it 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 of the Roman civilization from the II century B.C. to the VI A.D.

In the laboratory students will learn to classify all the artifacts found on the site, including Roman pottery, numismatics and faunal remains.

Time dedicated to this part of the program: 70%.

Part 2. Exploring the Art of the Acropolis of Athens (Greece)

For the second part of the course, the Field Program has scheduled an archaeological tour around the city of Athens, where students will visit the most important classical remains. This tour will have a duration of five days and explanations will be in English.

Athens is the cradle of our civilization. In Classical times Athens became Greece’s artistic center under Pericles' reign. His architects designed spectacular buildings in the Acropolis and his sculptors, painters and potters had no equal.

One of the basic elements to be found in Greek cities was the Acropolis. The Acropolis of Athens was similar to a fortified sanctuary on top of a hill. On its highest point, the Northwestern side of the Parthenon was located at 90 m above the city’s plateau. The monumental gate of the Acropolis was the Propylaea, which was built at the Western end of the complex. To the right of the other end of The Acropolis there is the Parthenon, which was dedicated to Athena. Other significant building was the Erechtheion, which was dedicated to all the gods, goddesses and heroes that were worshiped in The Acropolis. On its southern side there is a portico sustained by the caryatids – women-shaped columns.

In the center of modern-day Athens there are many other archaeological remains which will be visited by students – Dyonysos theater, the Pillars of Olympian Zeus, the Athenian Agora, the Keramiekos Cemetery- and, of course, a must-to-do visit to The Acropolis Museum.

This tour will have a duration of five days and explanations will be in English.

Time dedicated to this part of the program: 30%.


2. What you will learn

2.1. In the Fieldwork

             How to dig and which archaeological techniques are used.

             Use and handling of the tools that are used during the excavation process.

             Basic principles of stratigraphy.

             Recording the data obtained during the excavation using the Harris Method.

             Practice on the recognition of archaeological materials and Roman finds from the II century B.C. - VI A.D.

             Basic procedures for sample collection.

2.2. In the Laboratory

             Study and typological classification of archaeological objects of Roman archaeology: ceramics, numismatics, faunal remains, metals and glass.

             Relative dating based on the classification of archaeological objects discovered in the stratigraphic sequence.

2.3. Theory

             History, archaeology, economy and culture of the Roman civilization.

             Introduction to the History of the Sanisera Site.

             Minorcan archaeology before the Roman conquest of the Balearic Islands.

2.4. Art & Museums

             Discover the best Greek architectural and engineering developments: the Acropolis and its surroundings, Dionysos Theatre, The Pillars of Olympian Zeus, Herodus Attius Theater, The Hill of Arelos Pagos, the Athenian and Roman Agora and the Kerameikos Cemetery.

             The most relevant artistic representations of Greek art. Sculptures, paintings and other items displayed on the Acropolis Museum.


3. Directed at

If you have never excavated as a volunteer in a field school and are interested in excavating in a Roman city as well as visiting the most unique classic archaeological monuments of Greece and its capital Athens, then this course is a good choice. This program accommodates participants with or without previous experience.

 This program is designed for students interested in focusing their studies in the classical world of archaeology, delving into its history and archeology.

You will learn to excavate and classify archaeological material found. You will identify different types of Roman pottery, amphorae, coins and other Roman archaeological material. This information will felicitate your understanding of Athens, the culture, art and architecture and its role in the Roman Empire.  

Participants of this course will have the opportunity to excavated a unique Roman city in Menorca and explore with us the most important Greek archaeology of the classical world.

Previous knowledge or experience in archaeology or computer systems is not required.


4. 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 in 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 fly to Athens, where they will stay for  6 days. During this time, students will carry out an archaeological tour around Athens in order to discover the Acropolis and its surroundings, Dionysos Theatre, The Pillars of Olympian Zeus, Herodus Attius Theater, The Hill of Arelos Pagos, the Athenian and Roman Agora, the Kerameikos Cemetery and the Acropolis Museum.

Once students finish the archaeological tour in Athens, they will have two days off in order to enjoy their free time in Menorca, from where they will go back home.


5. 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.


6. Sessions & Cost

In 2015, 6 sessions, 20 days each

Session #1 May 01 – May 20 $ 3,100

Session #2 May 23 - June 11 $ 3,100

Session #3 June 14 – July 03 $ 3,100

Session #4 July 06 – July 25 $ 3,100

Session #5 July 28 - August 16 $ 3,100

Session #6 August 19 – September 07  $ 3,100


7. Course fee includes

• Course tuition.

• Accommodation.

• Daily transportation to/from the archaeological fieldwork.

• Flight to Menorca – Athens / Menorca – Athens (students can only take a cabin bag weighing up to 10 kg with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm).

• 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 Athens 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 18€/day in meals. Entry tickets to museums and historical buildings are not included either.


8. 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 Age: 18 (contact with questions about age)


Contact Information:
 Cesar Gonzalez


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