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Europe - Spain - Menorca - Amphora & Shipwrecks in the Underwater Port of Sanitja 2017

Europe - Spain - Menorca - Amphora & Shipwrecks in the Underwater Port of Sanitja 2017

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
2017-10-31
Start Date 2017-05-01
End Date 2017-10-31

Multiple Sessions YES
Multiple Session information Sessions Dates Cost

Session #2 2017 | May 01 – May 18 $ 1425

Session #3 2017 | May 21 – June 07 $ 1425

Session #4 2017 | June 10 – June 27 $ 1425

Session #5 2017 | June 30 – July 17 $ 1425

Session #6 2017 | July 20 – August 06 $ 1425

Session #7 2017 | August 09 – August 26 $ 1425

Session #8 2017 | August 29 – September 15 $1425

Session #9 2017 | September 18 –October 05 $1425

Archaeology Field School Location
Ciutadella de Menorca, Balearic Islands (Spain)
Academic Credit
Subject to change according to the student University
Archaeology Field School Tuition
Included
Archaeology Field School Room and Board
Included

Archaeology Field School Description


Discover Amphora & Shipwrecks in the Underwater Port of Sanitja (Menorca, Spain)

1. General Information

The Sanisera Archaeology Institute for International Field Schools offers annual programs in archaeology. This course is designed for students from around the world interested in studying abroad, gaining knowledge in Roman cities, classical archaeology and underwater archaeology. Over the past eight years, The Underwater School in Archaeology has researched the ancient port of Sanitja via an intensive survey program. We have discovered 18 Roman shipwrecks with cargo, including amphoras, and more than 10 anchors from different time periods. The Sanisera Archaeology Institute offers an underwater archaeology course consisting of two main parts.

Part 1: Explore the Ancient Roman Port of Sanitja (Menorca, Spain)

There will be a minimum of 14 immersions focusing on underwater archaeological survey exploring the Ancient Port of Sanitja and the coast of the Cape of Cavalleria. The aim of this project is to identify structures of the Roman city of Sanisera and underwater shipwrecks, as well as the associated cargo including amphoras and anchors. The port of Sanitja was not only occupied by Romans. There are also ruins of a Muslim mosque and an English defense tower which lead us to believe that we could find other vessels from these time periods. During the last years of survey, several anchors and three shipwrecks from the XVI-XIX centuries were discovered. Course time dedicated: 90%.

Part 2. Mediterranean Shipbuilding (Menorca, Spain) This component of the course focuses on Mediterranean shipbuilding techniques, both on theoretical and practical levels. Students will put into practice their conservation skills with a ship from the 1920s. Students will learn the basics of traditional Mediterranean shipbuilding, as well as which tools, instruments and methods are the most suitable to restore old vessels. Course time dedicated: 10%. Students will also attend lectures on Roman shipwrecks, Roman amphoras and Mediterranean shipbuilding techniques.

2. What you will learn In the Fieldwork

•How to survey and which archaeological techniques are used.

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

•Recording data obtained during the survey.

•Practice in the recognition of archaeological materials and Roman finds from the II century B. C. to VI A. D. In the Laboratory

•Recording data obtained during the survey -diary and systematic methodology sheets-.

•Study and typological classification of archaeological Roman objects discovered during the underwater survey.

•Relative dating based on the classification of the archaeological objects discovered during the survey. Theory

•Underwater Archaeological background of Sanisera.

•Ancient trade in Sanisera and the Western Mediterranean Sea.

•Ancient navigation.

•Modern sail merchant ships (centuries 16th - 20th).

•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.

3. Directed at

This course offered by the Sanisera Archaeology Institute is designed to teach with precision this field of research. If you are interested in learning underwater survey techniques and methodology and apply them in a Roman port where you will find amphoras, anchors and the remains of shipwrecks, then this is a good option for you. During this course, you will learn how to identify archaeological remains on the seabed.

In the laboratory, you will learn how to classify archaeological material found and how to determine dates and methods used to determine the location and elements of the cargos from shipwrecks. After finishing this course, the training and experience gained will help you to decide if underwater archaeology is the area of research that you wish to focus on or if you want to continue on with underwater archaeology as a future profession.

The water is very clear in Menorca, with an astonishing visibility, often up to 18 to 20 meters. The water is calm and mild in temperature and currant, allowing for excellent diving conditions in a natural and pristine Mediterranean atmosphere. Previous knowledge or experience in archaeology or computer systems is not required.

4. Field School Life & Language

The course runs six hours per day. The day will be divided between diving in the Roman Port of Sanitja, lab work, exercises, lectures, videos and excursions. The course is taught in English and Spanish.

5. Options

To participate in diving activities, it is necessary to have a diving certificate that will allow you to dive up to 18 meters in depth. For this reason, we have designed two groups to choose from: with or without a diving certificate.

Group 1. Without a diving certificate: Those that do not have their diving certificate should choose this group.

Group 2. With certificate: Those that have a diving certificate from an internationally recognized organization (i.e. PADI), should choose this group.

6. Medical Check On the first day of the course, participants have to show a medical document stating that he/she is fit for diving activities. Participants that do not have this document on the first day will not be allowed to participate until they are able to present this document.

7. 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.

8. Course fee includes

•Accommodation in the Student Residency in Ciutadella.

Two to six per room.

•Walking distance to the historic center, port and beaches.

•Course tuition.

•Tanks, tank filling and weights.

•Daily transportation to/from the archaeological fieldwork.

•Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

•Accident insurance at the site.

•Excursions.

•Certificate of participation

•Open water diving certificate (PADI) for those in group # 1. Airfare not included from the student home to/from Menorca (Spain).

9. 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.

10. Equipment Needed We encourage participants to bring their own dive gear, however, a complete set of diving equipment (with the exception of mask and snorkel which each participant must bring) can be rented at the reduced cost of 18 Euros per day.


11. Information and Reservations For more information, contact: Email: info@archaeology.institute Web page: www.archaeology.institute

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type
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.
Time Period
Roman civilization from the II century B.C. to the VI A.D.
Field School Setting/Conditions
The students residence it´s located in the center of Ciutadella (Menorca). .
How is the project area accessed each day
The students will be driven from the residence to the site every morning by Bus.
What is the daily schedule for the field school
The course runs 7 hours per day, with time dedicated to both video footage while the archaeologists are excavating, and the processing of the digital documentation in order to create the archaeological documentary film. Participants will also be given lectures on methodology regarding film productions, movie trailers and some examples of the best films about Archaeology. Participants will also visit archaeological sites on the island through organized excursions. Courses are given in both English and Spanish. For every seven course days there are two days off.
Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
20 years
Is there a professional certification for this field school
YES
Directors and Instructors
Fernando Contreras Rodrigo (Lleida. Spain - 1967)

Director of the excavations at Sanitja and of the Ecomuseum de Cap de Cavalleria since 1997. President of the association "Sa Nitja. Gestión del Patrimonio Mediterráneo" founded in 1993. He obtained the Prize Fundació "la Caixa" in 1992: "Revalorització Ciutats Romanes de Catalunya i Illes Balears". FPI U.A.B. Internship 1991-95.

His research fields are: Romanization in Minorca; Archaeological software; Cultural management; Museum development for the heritage of Sanitja and the Cap de Cavalleria. Director of the excavations in Mago (Pla Mirall, 2000-2002), Iamo (Correos, 1999), and Sanisera (Prospection 1993-1995, Excavation 1996-1998). His projects involving Minorca's cultural heritage include: Defense Tower in Fornells (CIM – 1996), Ecomuseum de Cap de Cavalleria (Leader II – 1997), Cavalleria Lighthouse (Futures – 1998).


Antonio TalaveraAntonio J. Talavera (Menorca, Spain, 1985)

Assistant in the Underwater Archaeology Project run by the Cape of Cavalleria Ecomuseum. From 2007 he has participated in the project as an active member of the international courses, focused on the underwater survey of the Port of Sanitja (Menorca). His main interests include the Roman world, the History of Menorca, the identification of Roman pottery, as well as the planning and development of the techniques used in the different tasks related to underwater surveys and excavations.

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn
2. What you will learn In the Fieldwork

•How to survey and which archaeological techniques are used.

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

•Recording data obtained during the survey.

•Practice in the recognition of archaeological materials and Roman finds from the II century B. C. to VI A. D. In the Laboratory

•Recording data obtained during the survey -diary and systematic methodology sheets-.

•Study and typological classification of archaeological Roman objects discovered during the underwater survey.

•Relative dating based on the classification of the archaeological objects discovered during the survey.

Theory

•Underwater Archaeological background of Sanisera.

•Ancient trade in Sanisera and the Western Mediterranean Sea.

•Ancient navigation.

•Modern sail merchant ships (centuries 16th - 20th).

•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.

On rain days will there be lab work?
YES
Will there be additional organized activities?
The fieldwork runs 7 hours per day. The day will be divided between learning mapping techniques, lab work, exercises, lectures, videos and excursions. For every seven course days there are two days off.

The course is taught in English and Spanish.

Will there be additional organized activities?
The fieldwork runs 7 hours per day.


The day will be divided between learning mapping techniques, lab work, exercises, lectures, videos and excursions.

For every seven course days there are two days off.

The course is taught in English and Spanish.

Is travel restriced during free time?
No, For every seven course days there are two days off.

Other resources students will find useful
For more information please click the link below:

http://archaeology.institute/013-discover-amphora-and-shipwrecks-in-sanitja.asp

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website: http://archaeology.institute

Field School Contact Information



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