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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Spain - Menorca - Biological Anthropology in Sanisera - from only $1100 - 2017

Europe - Spain - Menorca - Biological Anthropology in Sanisera - from only $1100 - 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 $ 1100

Session #3 2017 | May 21 – June 07 $ 1200

Session #4 2017 | June 10 – June 27 $ 1600

Session #5 2017 | June 30 – July 17 $ 1600

Session #6 2017 | July 20 – August 06 $ 1200

Session #7 2017 | August 09 – August 26 $ 1200

Session #8 2017 | August 29 – September 15 $ 1200

Session #9 2017 | September 18 – October 05 $ 1200

Session #10 2016 | October 08 – October 25 $ 900

Session #11 2017 | October 28 – November 14 $ 900

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


1.General Information

In 2008 the Sanisera Archaeology Institute for International Field Schools started its courses at the Roman city of Sanisera.

During all these years many students have come from all over the world to study abroad to Menorca (Balearic Islands, Spain) in order to dig up the Roman remains located at this classical site on the Northern coast of the island.

We recommend this field school to those students interested in bioanthropology, osteology, digging remains of the roman cities and classical archaeology.

This course is divided in two parts. In this way, students can learn and experiment in both archaeological digs, developed in the land site: Digging in the Roman city and Biological Anthropology in the tombs of Sanisera.

Part 1.

Digging in Sanisera 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 dedicated to this part of the program: 50%.

Part 2. Digging roman graves in the Necropolis of Sanisera Death in Rome has been studied in Sanisera since we started digging the first necropolis in 2008. So far we have excavated 90 tombs belonging to a Roman cemetery which could have been related to a basilica in the Roman city if Sanisera, which dates from the 4th and 6th centuries AD. The Osteology corpus in this necropolis includes more than 232 individuals.

The fieldwork focuses on funerary structures, specifically inhumation graves. Participants will learn and apply excavation techniques used in biological anthropology when excavating tombs.

Students will also participate in lectures on skeletal anatomy and pathologies, classes, exercises and excursions related to the course material. In the laboratory participants will be instructed by an anthropologist and other archaeologists in the classification, study, and conservation of human remains and other related materials found.

Time dedicated to this part of the program: 50%.

2. Directed at If you have not previously participated as a volunteer in a field school and would like to experiment and gain knowledge with different excavation techniques and methodology during 20 days in two distinctly different sites, this course would be a good option for you.

It is difficult to find a course that allows you to explore both biological anthropology and archaeology where you can gain experience and knowledge in both excavating tombs with human remains and techniques used in excavating Roman structures. You will experiment in both archaeology and biological anthropology, two areas with many similarities, but also many differences when excavating and treating recovered archaeological material in the laboratory.

At the end of this program you will have experience in both areas and will be able to better decide what path is best for you; biological anthropology or archaeology. Both of the excavation sites are located on the northern coast of the island, surrounded by the sea and pristine and dramatic Mediterranean landscapes.

Previous knowledge or experience in archaeology or computer systems is not required.

3. Field School life & language

Participants will also be given lectures on methodology, Roman archaeology, Biological anthropology and classification of archaeological materials. Participants will visit other 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.

4. 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.

5. Course fee includes

• Course tuition

• 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.

• Accident insurance at the site.

• Daily transportation to/from the archaeological fieldwork.

• Excursions.

• Certificate of participation Airfare not included from the student home to/from Menorca (Spain).

6. Spaces avalaible

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.

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.

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.

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)

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).



Bernardo Vila Rodriguez (New Jersey, USA 1986)

As a graduate of a Master in Biological Anthropology at the Universitat de Barcelona and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, he has extensive experience in working with archaeologically found human remains through his thesis study "3D surface area of upper limb entheses in two ancient populations of the Balearic Islands" using laboratorial methods such as cleaning and identification, measurement, 3D-scanning, and statistical analysis among others in order to examine the entheseal changes occurring at muscle attachment sites of the arm.

He has centered his studies on physical and forensic anthropology with a focus on human remains in and around the Mediterranean basin, with interests in genetics, population demographic variables and transitions, and the biological/environmental factors that affect our skeletal system.

Nil Carcacer Fabregas (Calella, Spain 1990)Nil Carcacer

Working with the Sanisera Archaeology Institute since 2015, he graduated in History in 2014 from Barcelona University (Spain), specialized in Roman History. He has participated in several excavations related to Ancient Rome and Middle East. He's familiar with the archaeological material from Roman period and it's archaeological methodology. He's responsible for the registration and excavation of the roman city of Sanisera and is responsible for teaching the archaeological methodology of our students.

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn
1. In the Fieldwork:

-How to dig and which archaeological techniques are used.

- Use and handling of the tools that are used during the excavation process.

- Basic principles of stratigraphy. - Recording the data obtained during the excavation using the Harris Method.

- Practice on the recognition of archaeological materials and Roman finds from the II century B.C. - VI A.D.

- Basic procedures for collecting C14 samples.

2. In the Laboratory -

Study and typological classification of archaeological objects of Roman archaeology: ceramics, numismatics, faunal remains, metals and glass.

-Relative dating based on the classification of archaeological objects discovered in the stratigraphic sequence.

-Cleaning, inventory and cataloging of recovered human bones during the excavation process. - Basics of the methods used in human osteological analysis, including skeletal anatomy, palaeodemography and palaeopathology.

-Learning how to identify age, sex and height of buried individuals.

3. Theory

-Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Bioarchaeology

-Skeletal Anatomy

–Terminology-: generalities, dental structure, skull and other bones.

-History, archaeology, economy and culture of the Roman civilization.

-Introduction to the History of the Sanisera Site. -

-The background of Roman funerary rituals.

-Minorcan archaeology before the Roman conquest of the Balearic Islands.

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?
No, For every seven course days there are two days off.

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website: http://archaeology.institute/

Field School Contact Information



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