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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Croatia - Fieldwork In The Ancient City Of Epidaurum (Dubrovnik) - 2014

Europe - Croatia - Fieldwork In The Ancient City Of Epidaurum (Dubrovnik) - 2014

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Start Date 2014-03-02
End Date 2014-11-22

Multiple Sessions Yes
Multiple Session information

Session #1 August 8th - August 27th
Session #2 August 30th - September 18th
Session #3 September 20th - October 9th
Session #4 October 12th - October 31th
Session #5 November 3rd - November 22th

Archaeology Field School Location

The Sanisera Field School
International Archaeological Courses
Apdo. 68
07740 Es Mercadal (Menorca - Balearic Islands - Spain)

Academic Credit

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.

Archaeology Field School Tuition

From $2400 to $2800

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Accommodation in Hostel (Cavtat, Dubronik).
Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Morning snack at the site.

Archaeology Field School Travel
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Session #1 August 8th - August 27th $ 2,800
Session #2 August 30th - September 18th $ 2,800
Session #3 September 20th - October 9th $ 2,600
Session #4 October 12th - October 31th $ 2,600
Session #5 November 3rd - November 22th $ 2,400

Airfare not included from the student home to/from Dubrovnik (Croatia).

Archaeology Field School Description

The Sanisera Field School offers an annual archaeological dig on Epidaurum (Cavtat), a place located only 16 km from the spectacular city of Dubrovnik, capital of the Adriatic Sea. This course is for students who come from all over the world to study abroad and who are interested in Roman cities and Classical archaeology.

The archaeological dig of Epidaurum is located in a stunning setting surrounded by the sea. Epidaurum, originally an Illyrian settlement, most likely gained status as a Roman colony during the reign of Augustus. It was an important port and transportation hub, the majority of the traffic coming from ships travelling the entire eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea.

The city developed rapidly due to its location, the easy communication thanks to the sea, and the well-established roads connected to internal regions. Although legend claims Slavs and Avars destroyed the city in the 7th century, and that the refugees of the ravaged city founded Dubrovnik, it is more likely that Epidaurum ceased to exist as a city and gradually declined before the invasion of Slavs and Avars on this region.

Fieldwork will focus on the excavation of a public building from the ancient city of Epidaurum, dated between the 1st and 3rd centuries AD. The Harris system will be followed in order to systematically dig all the sequence the site has. In the laboratory students will learn to classify all the artifacts found on the site, including Roman pottery, numismatics and faunal remains.

The course is limited to 12 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.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Archaeological Dig Course

Time Period

Classic Period - Roman Empire

Field School Setting/Conditions

To reserve a space, you must pay a $350 application fee (which counts towards the total cost). The remainder of the program cost will be due 60 days before the start of the elected session.
Yes participants can make the entire payment at once to avoid extra bank fees (but remember that your space is not reserved until we at least receive a $350 deposit).
If the final payment due date has past when you sign up, please just make the entire payment ASAP.

- All payments are 100% refundable more than 60 days prior to the start of the elected course.
- 59 days prior to the start of the elected course, the $350 application fee is non-refundable.
- All payments are non-refundable less than 50 days prior to the start of the elected session. However, 15% of the payment (-not including the application fee-) will be refunded due to a documented injury or illness to the participant or family member with justified and certified documentation. No refund is available for participants that choose to leave before the scheduled date.

-If for any reason the elected session is canceled, all payments are 100% refundable, travel expenses not included.
- Participants that do not participate on a daily basis in the scheduled activities will not be allowed to stay in the residency and asked to leave the course. There is no refund available for participants that decide to leave the course early unless it is for a document injury or illness of the participant or the participant's family.
-The program director reserves the right to expel a participant from the program should that person's behavior compromise the safety, research objectives and general performance of the group, or violate European laws, regulations or customs. In the case of expulsion, the participant loses all rights to the program (including room and board).

How is the project area accessed each day

Walking, only 10 minutes from the Cavtat Museum.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

The fieldwork focuses on Classical Archaeology, and specifically on Roman archaeology. It runs 7 hours a day, and it is divided between excavation, lab work, exercises, lectures and excursions. Students receive an intensive introduction on basic aspects of archaeological excavation techniques (following the Harris Matrix), which are applied during the excavation time. In the laboratory, students process, classify and study excavated material as well as attend lectures on the study of Roman archaeology. In addition to the daily excavation and laboratory work, students learn about Roman History through organized excursions. For every seven course days, there are two days off. The course is taught in English.

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
9 years

Directors and Instructors

Helena Puhara (Director)
Cesar Gonzalez (Course Coordinator)

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

This is the only course that The Sanisera Field School offers in Croatia. If you are thinking about participating as a volunteer for the first time in an archaeological field school, this course could be a good option for you. This course accommodates participants both with and without experience.

You will learn from the very beginning excavation technique and methodology. You will easily find classical archaeological remains from the Roman world such a pottery, amphora, coins, glass, etc. which you will learn to classify in the laboratory. The experience gained on completion of this program will help you decide if archaeology is the area of research in which to center your studies and if you want to make anthropology your professional future. The program takes place next to the Adriatic Sea, in a charming area next to the spectacular medieval city of Dubrovnik. Previous knowledge or experience in archaeology or computer systems is not required.

On rain days will there be lab work?


Will there be additional organized activities?

Visit Museums and the spectacular Dubrovnik.

Other resources students will find useful

The Sanisera Field School started in 1996 as a school for university students who wanted to be trained in archaeological fieldwork through the excavation of the Roman portuary city of Sanisera (Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain).

In 2004, due to the continuing success of its archaeological courses, the Field School became an international reference center and started giving its courses in English for students coming from, in most of the cases, Anglo-Saxon Universities, with programs in Archaeology and Anthropology, such as those from USA, Canada, Australia and United Kingdom.

We are an Archaeological Field School which, year after year, expands its courses by offering students the opportunity to work and discover renown sites which present Classical Archaeology from different countries, where they can carry out their practices focused on specialized fields of knowledge that are related to their University degrees.

We are not only in Spain, but we also have courses in Greece, Bosnia, Portugal, France, Croatia, Turkey and Italy. We offer students more than 20 courses that can enrich their CVs, validate university credits and get recommendation letters to enter the job market or get into prestigious scientific research centers.

Our work is focused on the archaeological study of ancient cities anthropology, excavate a shipwrecks and submerged cities of the ancient ports in underwater school in archaeology, how to make a movie, learning GIS Software for archaeologists and discovering the most important monuments from Ancient civilizations such as Athens and Rome.

Our commitment is to promote Archaeology in its different aspects of research, training, and conservation, with a basic and clear purpose: to involve anyone from around the world who wishes to gain access to this scientific field.

Sanisera is an international archaeological organization whose main aim is that of promoting and developing research , so that our current and future generations can be enriched by culture and education in this field.

We achieve our goals with the participation and collaboration of a group of volunteers who are coordinated by specialists and professionals with proven expertise in fieldwork, both surveying and excavating, as well as studying the archaeological artifacts found on site in the laboratory.

Nowadays our work can be found in several European countries: Spain, Italy, Portugal, France, Turkey, Greece, Bosnia and Croatia.

Our field school programs, which are led by leading academics, keeps on growing. We are currently offering more than 20 courses which allow students to choose from a wide range of places, topics and archaeological methods, ranging from theory to practice. Participants will gain hands-on experience in archaeological practice.

We work with respect to protect the welfare of people and Archeology, including our personnel, researchers, volunteers and the sites where we develop our projects.

Some of the advantages that we could highlight about The Sanisera Field School are:

1 - It improves your CV and helps getting recognition. Participation in a well-known field school is an asset for institutions, universities and companies related to this scientific field.

2- Updating of contents. A field school, taught by professionals, will allow you to be completely up-to-date in your field of specialization, learning the latest methodological approaches.

3- Instructors. Our technical team is formed by professionals who are specialized in different fields, bringing students to their professional background and experience.

4- Different types of studies adapted to the needs of the students. Our field school is completely devoted to the students' learning. We increase their knowledge and skills in both fieldwork and laboratory. We also promote a flexible and immediate communication, we encourage effective discussion and working as part of a team. We also facilitate interaction among all participants, whether students, instructors or visiting professionals.

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

Cesar Gonzalez, Course Coordinator
The Sanisera Field School
International Archaeological Courses

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