Topic ID #36238 - posted 10/13/2015 8:20 AM




Dig in a unique Iron Age building: a Taula sanctuary from the second half the the 1st millennium BC! 

The archaeological site of Sa Cudia Cremada, in the vicinity of the city of Mahón, is located in an agriculture holding’s property, where very well-preserved architectural, ethnological and archaeological elements blend in a unique Minorcan landscape. Even though all the area is archaeologically rich, the most distinctive part is formed by a talaiotic (PROTOHISTORIC)  settlement along with its necropolis. The most visible structures are three talaiots (monumental tower-like structures) around which the rest of the structural remains are organized in the dwelling area. Hence, this culture’s name derives from the word talaiot, its most characteristic and unique building.

The other distinguished structure in 
Sa Cudia Cremada is the taula enclosure or sanctuary, where archaeological fieldwork run by the field school will take place. In these cyclopean buildings the main feature is a pillar with a lintel on the top part, called taula (meaning “table” in Catalan) due to its T shape, which is usually located at the central part. Even though we do not understand its whole meaning, it can be affirmed that religious ceremonies were carried out around it by the community. One of the most emblematic taules in Minorca is located in the settlement Torralba de’n Salort.

In 2015 the Taula monument at Sa  Cudia Cremada's sanctuary was located! In 2016 we will continue digging inside the sanctuary, exposing more of its central monument and documenting all its archaeological levels! 

Due to the exclusiveness of the 
talaiotic culture as a witness of a past society, unique in the world as a significant evidence of the human being’s past, Menorca talaiòtica (talaiotic Minorca) aspires to become a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2016 through its candidature.  This candidature is represented by 32 selected archaeological sites on the island, Sa Cudia Cremada being one of them.

The main aim of fieldwork is that of approaching the talaiotic culture to students through different tasks related to an archaeological dig. Fieldwork will be combined with lab work, lectures, workshops as well as excursions to discover the natural environment of an island which was declared Reserve of the Biosphere by the UNESCO in 1993. During the course free days will be available to students so they can explore and enjoy the traditional horse festivals, whose origins date back to the medieval period, which take place in several towns in Menorca during summertime.

For 2016 Sa Cudia Cremada Field School offers archaeological courses for students interested in gaining first-hand experience on fieldwork and laboratory tasks. We welcome university students, professionals as well as everybody who is interested in Archaeology and Ancient Mediterranean History. Thus, previous experience on the subject in not required.

2016 courses will take place in 4 sessions with a length of 3 weeks each. During the course, students will dig in the settlement’s sanctuary during the first half of the day, whereas the second part will be devoted to lectures, laboratory tasks and workshops.

Session 1: May 30th to June 17th
- Session 2: July 4th to July 22nd
- Session 3: August 1st - August19th 
- Session 4: August 29th - September 16th

a.       Fieldwork:

      Participants will excavate in the site's sanctuary using modern field excavation methods and will be trained in:

      The identification of archaeological remains and features.
Photographic documentation.
Drawing plants and sections.
The use of topographic instruments.
              b. Laboratory:

 Processing of materials found on site (washing, labelling, etc.)
 Drawing of archaeological materials.
 Classification and inventory of materials.
Proper packaging of materials.

c.       Field trips :

     Every week a set of excursions will be designed in order to show students the most significant prehistoric remains of the islands as well as materials on display in the 2 archaeological museums located in Mahón and Ciutadella.


-      3-week course 1,200 EURO, including: fees, accommodation (1 to 2 people per room, fully-equipped kitchen, laundry service), transportation to the site/ the accommodation, excursions (entrance to sites and museums included), workshops with specialists, insurance, snack during school time, certificate of paticipation, materials such as course-guide, book and tools (Transportation to/from Menorca and meals outside school time are not included).  

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     This site is part of Menorca Talayotica UNESCO candidature (Talaiotic Minorca World Heritage site candidature for 2017)


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