Location: Rome, Italy
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.
Courses Quick Guide
This program, which has been scheduled by the Sanisera Field School, is divided in two main parts. In the first part of the course students will gain experience in archaeological fieldwork by excavating in the Ancient Roman city of Sanisera. This site, which is located in the Mediterranean island of Menorca. During the second part students will discover the most significant remains from Ancient Rome through an archaeological tour around Rome, which will be leaded by an expert on Roman art.
Part 1. The archaeological fieldwork in Sanisersa (Menorca, Spain)
Fieldwork will focus on the excavation of a urban area where a monastery has been found. The monastery, which dates from the 5th and 6th centuries AD, includes an Early Christian basilica. 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 site, including Roman pottery, numismatics and faunal remains.
Time dedicated to this part of the program: 70%.
Part 2. Exploring Rome & Pompeii (Italy)
For the second part of the course, the Field Program has scheduled an archaeological tour around the city of Rome, where students will visit the most important classical remains. This tour will have a duration of five days and explanations will be in English.
At its peak Rome was a densely populated city surrounded by ancient fortifications, which extended up to a radius of 3 square kilometers. It had 11 public baths and over 1000 pools and fountains that fed through 19 aqueducts. It also had two circuses and two amphitheaters, triumphal arches and 36 thousand statues. There were nearly two million palaces.
In the heart of the city there was the forum, where merchants gathered, as well as senators and priests who celebrated their rituals and sacrifices according to the requirements of Roman religion.
Very near the Forum there was the Colosseum, which was a magnificent theater built in just 10 years and dedicated to the entertainment of the great mass of the population. It could accommodate 50,000 spectators who could watch fights among gladiators.
Another unique building in Rome is undoubtedly the Pantheon. Built between 118 and 125 A.D., it was a temple dedicated to all gods. It is the most remarkable monument of the whole Roman Empire which has survived in its original form. All decorative elements, mosaic tiles and interior columns remain the same, and its vaulted dome was the largest ever built until the twentieth century.
The art collection which is on display in the halls of the Vatican and the Capitoline Museums are the essential complement to admire the Roman classical world. Also, a visit to Pompeii will be carried out.
This tour will have a duration of five days and explanations will be in English.
Time dedicated to this part of the program: 30%.
If you have never excavated as a volunteer in a field school and are interested in excavating in a Roman city as well as visiting the most unique classic archaeological monuments of the Roman Empire, then this course is a good choice. This program accommodates participants with or without previous experience.
This program is designed for students interested in focusing their studies in the classical world of Rome, delving into its history and archeology.
You will learn to excavate and classify archaeological material found. You will identify different types of Roman pottery, amphorae, coins and other Roman archaeological material. After learning this in Sanisera, you will have better understanding when you visit Rome and Pompeii.
In Italy you will visit Rome, the Coliseum, museums, forums, as well as visit the legendary city of Pompeii buried by Vesuvius.
By participating in this course you will have the opportunity to excavate in a unique Roman city in Menorca, Spain and then explore the most remarkable archaeology from the Roman world.
Previous knowledge or experience in archaeology or computer systems is not required.
Field School life & language
This field school program, with a length of 20 days, will start in Spain. Students will meet in Menorca during the first day. Next and during the following days they will focus on the excavation in the ancient city of Sanisera, where they will work for 8 days. Students will receive an intensive introduction on basic aspects of field excavation techniques following the Harris Matrix. The fieldwork runs 7 hours per day, with time dedicated to excavation as well as laboratory work focused on Roman pottery. Courses are given in both English and Spanish.
On the 11th day of the course participants will fly to Rome, where they will stay for 6 days. During this time, students will carry out an archaeological tour around Rome in order to discover the Coliseum and its surroundings, Capitoline and Vatican Museums –including the Sistine chapel-, Pompeii city and the Christian basilicas in Trastevere.
Once students finish the archaeological tour in Rome, they will have two days off in order to enjoy their free time. On the 19th day of the course students will fly back to Menorca, from where they will go back home.
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.
Sessions & Cost
For 2014: 3 sessions, 20 days each
Session #1 June 25th - July 14th $ 2,900
Session #2 July 17th - August 5th $ 2,900
Session #3 August 8th - August 27th $ 2,900
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.
Period(s) of Occupation: Classical Archaeology
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 20 days
Room and Board Arrangements
Academic CreditNumber of credits offered: none