Topic ID #36438 - posted 11/30/2015 4:12 AM

Join excavation at Byzantine Settlement of Son Peretó. Mallorca island, Spain, 2016


Participants will join the excavation and restoration project at the paleo-Christian and Byzantine settlement of Son Peretó, one of the most westerly outposts of the Byzantine Empire and dating to between the 5th and 7th centuries.


Location: Mallorca, Spain
Dates: May/June
Duration: 1 month
Periods: Byzantine (5th-7th centuries)

Archaeologists have already uncovered a church basilica and a baptistry with two baptismal basins. This summer we will continue excavating the rooms and human burials next to the basilica’s apse and possibly venture inside the church as well. The ongoing investigation is providing answers to how early Christianity developed after the fall of the western Roman empire.

Son Peretó, occupied between the 5th and 7th centuries, is one of the most important Byzantine sites on the islands and a notable example of Early Christian architecture. Archaeologists have already uncovered a church, a baptistery with two baptismal basins, and two sectors of adjacent rooms used for housing and funeral rites.

The current project, managed by the Manacor Historical Museum and the University of Barcelona, began in 2005, and since then our goal has been to preserve and restore the ruins uncovered during the 20th-century excavations, especially the foundations of several walls and untouched graves. So far the graves uncovered have been found in excellent condition.

This coming year we will focus on the excavation and restoration of the rooms next to the baptistery’s apse, and there is a good chance we’ll also be digging inside the church (known as the basilica).

ArchaeoSpain at Son Peretó involves restoration, excavation, mapping, and artifact conservation. We are looking for five adventurous people to join a crew working alongside professional archaeologists and anthropologists from the University of Barcelona and the Manacor Museum. Our team will be guided by a local archaeologist who speaks English, Spanish, and the local Catalan.

Program Dates 2016:

May 22 – June 17  

(To be confirmed in February)

Program Fees:


Program Fees Include:

• Full Room and Board 
• Fieldwork training
• Excursions and other activities
• Transportation to and from airport on first and last days of program
• Medical Insurance
• Application fee
• Administrative costs

Part of your fee will go toward the research project.

Fees DO NOT include airfare.

Accommodations and Excursions.

The group will be staying at a house in the village of Port Nou next to the sea for the duration of the program (a 20-minute drive to the site).

Participants will share a bedroom with another person. The house also has a living/dining room, kitchen, bathroom, and laundry machine. All bedding is provided.

The Mediterranean is a stone’s throw from our patio overlooking the surf.

Food for breakfast will be provided at the house, lunch will be eaten at a restaurant in Manacor, and we will prepare our own dinner at the house. We will have a mid-work snack on site.

Breakfast in Spain is a light meal, lunch is the main meal, and dinner is less substantial.

Please let us know if you are a vegetarian or if you require a special diet so that we may discuss the best way to accommodate your needs.

We believe that visiting the region’s historical sites is essential to understanding the context of the archaeological work at Son Peretó. Therefore the team will visit several nearby Talayotic, Roman, Byzantine, and Medieval sites of interest.

The capital city of Palma is about 45 minutes from Son Peretó and the group will spend a day there. Plus we’ll join the group leader as he builds human towers called castells, an island tradition. And of course we will frequent the island’s excellent beaches.

The excursions may change depending on the excavation schedule and unforeseen events.

• Roman city of Pollentia. The most important Roman site in Mallorca, next to the Medieval, walled town of Alcudia.

• Byzantine monastery of Cabrera National Park (6th century)

• The capital city of PalmaGothic quarter, Bellver Castle (14th century), medieval Cathedral 

• Capdepera Castle (13th-18th centuries)

• Bronze and Iron Age settlement of S’Hospitalet Vell

• Son Real Talayotic necropolis (7th century BC)

• Closos de Can Gaià (17th century BC)

• Byzantine Santueri Castle

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