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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Spain - Menorca - Underwater archaeology in Sanitja & GIS in Archaeology - 2017

Europe - Spain - Menorca - Underwater archaeology in Sanitja & GIS in Archaeology - 2017





Multiple Session information Sessions Dates Cost Session #1 2017 | May 21 – June 07 $ 1800 Session #2 2017 | June 10 – June 27 $ 1800 Session #3 2017 | June 30 – July 17 $ 1800 Session #4 2017 | July 20 – August 06 $ 1800 Session #5 2017 | August 09 – August 26 $1800 Session #6 2017 | August 29 – September 15 $1800 Session #7 2017 | September 18 – October 05 $1800
Archaeology Field School Location
Ciutadella de Menorca, Balearic Islands (Spain)
Academic Credit
Subject to change according to the student University
Archaeology Field School Tuition
Cost-Free
Archaeology Field School Room and Board
Includes accommodation in the Student Residence. Two to six per room.

Archaeology Field School Description


Discover Amphora & Shipwrecks in the Underwater Port of Sanitja & GIS Applied in Archaeology (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 underwater archaeology and mapping tools applied to an archaeological recording system with GIS (Geographic Information System). This program is divided in two main parts: During the first part of the course, students will gain experience in underwater archaeology focused on exploring the Ancient Roman 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 anchors and amphora related to those shipwrecks and their cargo. During the second part of the course, students will learn how to create a GIS platform applied to underwater archaeology. Part 1. Explore the Ancient Roman Port of Sanitja (Menorca, Spain) 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. There will be a minimum of 7 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. This course includes classes on methodology as well as techniques and tools used in underwater archaeological survey. Students will also attend lectures on Roman shipwrecks, Roman amphoras and Mediterranean shipbuilding techniques. Course time dedicated: 50%. Part 2. Creating an Archaeological GIS Platform Students will create an archaeological GIS platform from the applied recording system of the underwater remains of Sanisera in the port of Sanitja, gaining experience in ARCGIS software. Course time: 50%. 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. - Learning, handling and practices with ArcGIS software. - Design, preparation and management of archaeological information in a GIS platform using ArcGIS. Theory - Underwater Archaeological background of Sanisera. - Ancient trade in Sanisera and the Western Mediterranean Sea. - Ancient navigation on the Western Mediterranean Sea. - 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 If you are interested in underwater archaeology, learning about the classification of amphoras and shipwrecks while participating in an underwater archaeological survey conducted in the port of Sanitja and then applying the collected data to GIS software, then this is the best course for you. This is a general course that focuses on underwater archaeological survey and the software used to record information from the archaeological survey. After a week of surveying the port of Sanitja, participants will then use ARGIS software to enter in the data recovered during fieldwork hours. 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 is not required. 4. Field School life & language The first half of the course focuses on underwater survey in the port of Sanitja. The course runs six hours per day. The day will be divided between diving, lab work, exercises, lectures, videos and excursions. During the second half, participants will create an underwater archaeological GIS platform from the applied recording system of the Ancient Port of Sanitja, using ARCGIS software. Participants will also visit archaeological sites on the island through organized excursions. For every seven course days there are two days off. 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 our underwater archaeology course: 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. Sessions & Cost Sessions Dates Cost Session #1 2016 | May 21 – June 07 $ 1800 Session #2 2016 | June 10 – June 27 $ 1800 Session #3 2016 | June 30 – July 17 $ 1800 Session #4 2016 | July 20 – August 06 $ 1800 Session #5 2016 | August 09 – August 26 $1800 Session #6 2016 | August 29 – September 15 $ 1800 Session #7 2016 | September 18 – October 05 $1800 Course fee includes: •Course tuition. •Tanks, tank filling and weights. •Open water diving certificate (PADI) for those in group # 1. •Accident insurance at the site. •Mapping Sotware: ARCGIS •Accommodation in the Student Residency in Ciutadella. Two to six per room. •Walking distance to the historic center, port and beaches. •Breakfast, lunch and dinner. •Daily transportation to/from the archaeological fieldwork. •Accident insurance at the site. •Excursions. •Certificate of participation. Airfare not included from the student home to/from Menorca (Spain). 9. Spaces avalaible The course is limited to 5 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). The students will be driven from the residence to the site every morning by Bus.
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

Directors and Instructors
Fernando Contreras Rodrigo (Lleida. Spain - 1967)Fernando Contreras 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 J. Talavera (Menorca, Spain, 1985)Antonio Talavera 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
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. - Learning, handling and practices with ArcGIS software. - Design, preparation and management of archaeological information in a GIS platform using ArcGIS.
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?
YES
Is travel restriced during free time?
For every seven course days there are two days off.

Other resources students will find useful
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