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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Spain - Menorca - Sa Cudia Cremada Field School - 2016

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Start Date 2016-05-30
End Date 2016-09-16

Multiple Sessions yes
Multiple Session information

- Session 1: May 30th to June 17th
- Session 2: July 4th to July 22nd
- Session 3: August 1st - August 19th
- Session 4: August 29th - September 16th

Archaeology Field School Location

Finca de Sa Cudia Cremada Mahón, Menorca (Balearic Islands, Spain) 07702

Archaeology Field School Tuition

1,200 Euro

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

1 to 3 people per room. Snack during school time provided.

Archaeology Field School Travel
travel costs are not included on the price.
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Field School fees include: course fees, materials, airport pick-up, accommodation, daily transportation to/from the site, excursions, entrance to archaeological sites and museums, workshops with specialists, accidents insurance, certificate of participation.

Archaeology Field School Description

The site of Sa Cudia Cremada has one of the last unexcavated cyclopean sanctuaries known as Taula enclosures, which can only be found in Menorca! This excavation started in 2015 and in will continue in 2016!

The talayotic culture is defined by a series of cultural manifestations which were developed by human communities during recent Prehistory in Mallorca and Menorca (Balearic Islands, Spain). This society lasted over a long period of time in Menorca, covering approximately all the Iron Age. It started around the end of the 2nd millennium BC and the arrival of the Romans in 123 BC caused its rapid extinction. It was a relatively complex society whose members based its economy on farming and stock-breeding. Despite its heterogeneity due to the long period this society lived on, many of its intrinsic cultural features didn’t change over time, such as the cyclopean technique, hand-made pottery production, collective inhumation burials, etc.
Around 500-400 BC commercial relationships with foreign cultures increased, mainly by means of contacts with Punics, which caused many changes in the indigenous culture of the Balearic Islands.
Besides, the talaiotics (name given to the members of this society) left significant evidence of their strong religiousness, which was expressed in both their funerary world and their sanctuaries, that is to say, the so-called taula enclosures. These buildings are considered to be the religious centers of all settlements and were pre-eminent during the 2nd half of the 1st millennium BC. Of all these outstanding buildings that existed on the island, 32 are still preserved, which are unique and exclusive to the island of Menorca.

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 and characteristic Minorcan landscape. Even though all the area is archaeologically rich, the most distinctive part is formed by a talaiotic 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 talaiot, its most characteristic and unique building.
The other important building in Sa Cudia Cremada is the taula enclosure, where archaeological fieldwork run by the field school will take place in 2016. In this building 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 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.
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 2017 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 talayotic culture to students through different tasks related to an archaeological excavation. 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 several 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.

Participants will excavate in the sanctuary using modern field excavation methods and will be trained in:
- The identification of archaeological remains and features.
- Photographic documentation.
- Drawing maps and sections.
- The use of topographic instruments.
- Processing of materials found on site (washing, labelling, etc.)
- Drawing of archaeological materials.
- Classification and inventory of materials.
- Proper packaging of materials.
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.

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This site is part of Menorca Talayotica UNESCO candidature for 2017 (Talaiotic Minorca World Heritage site candidature for 2017)
Project size: 1-12 participants per session.
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 3 weeks, but if you want to stay for 2 weeks instead, you can also do it!
Experience required:
The course is open to 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.
Room and Board Arrangements
Rooms in the field school's residence, 1 to 3 people per room. Snack provided during school hours, meals outside school time are not included.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

recent Prehistory: Bronze, Iron Age (talaiotic culture) and early Roman.

Time Period

Bronze Age - Iron Age - Early Roman

Field School Setting/Conditions

Every morning we will drive to the site from the students' accommodation. It just takes around 10 to 15 minutes to get to the site. The site is close to the city of Mahón.

How is the project area accessed each day

Easy access to the site, since it is very close to the city of Mahón, where the accommodation is located.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

Monday to Saturday

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation

Directors and Instructors

Irene Riudavets
Montserrat Anglada
Cristina Bravo

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Fieldwork: Proper excavation techniques based on the laws on stratigraphy. Sections and plans drawing. Use of topographic instruments. Laboratory: Classification of materials. Inventory. Drawing of archaeological materials, basics o restoration.

On rain days will there be lab work?


Will there be additional organized activities?

yes. Weekly excursions to other sites on the island and several museums.

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