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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Spain - Maritime Archaeology in the Port of the Roman City of Sanisera -2017

Europe - Spain - Maritime Archaeology in the Port of the Roman City of Sanisera -2017

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

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

Multiple Sessions yes
Multiple Session information Session #1
2017 | April 12 April 29
Session #2
2017 | May 01 May 18
Session #3
2017 | May 21 June 07
Session #4
2017 | June 10 Juny 27
Session #5
2017 | June 30 July 17
Session #6
2017 | July 20 August 06
Session #7
2017 | August 09 August 26
Session #8
2017 | August 29 September 15
Session #9
2017 | September 18 October 05
Session #10
2017 | October 08 October 25

Archaeology Field School Tuition
from $1400
Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Archaeology Field School Description

For 2013, the Cavalleria Ecomuseum Field Program offers a marine archaeology course which presents two main parts. The first and most important part - which represents 80% of the course content and includes a minimum of 12 immersions - , deals with underwater archaeological survey in order to explore the Ancient Port of Sanitja and the coast of the Cape of Cavalleria.The aim is to identify structures of the Roman city of Sanisera and underwater shipwrecks, as well as anchors and amphora related with those shipwrecks and its cargoes. The port of Sanitja was not only occupied by Romans. There are also ruins of a Muslim mosque and an English defence tower which lead us to believe that we will find other vessels from these time periods. In the last years of survey, several anchors and three shipwrecks from the XVI-XIX centuries have been found so far. The second part of the course will focus on Mediterranean shipbuilding techniques, both in theoretical and practical levels. Students will put into practice their conservation skills with a ship that was built around 1850. The underwater archaeological course will be directed by Fernando Contreras, director of the Ecomuseum of the Cape of Cavalleria, in collaboration with other underwater archaeologists, divers and specialists in maritime archaeology. The course is designed to provide practical experience in underwater fieldwork, from site discovery to lab analysis. In the part of the course focused on the underwater survey of the port, students will gain experience in various activities such as surveying methods, site reconnaissance, recording, drawing, mapping, position fixing, photography, and laboratory processing. In the second part focused on shipbuilding techniques, students will learn the basics about traditional Mediterranean shipbuilding, as well as learning which tools, instruments and methods are the most suitable in order to restore old vessels. Students will also attend lectures on Roman shipwrecks, Roman Amphora and methods on archaeological survey. 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.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
Since 1996

Directors and Instructors
Fernando Contreras

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Field School Contact Information

Aida Roman (Course Coordinator)

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