Location: Alcudia, Mallorca, Spain
This is a program designed specifically to give students 16 and 17 years old the opportunity to learn and experience archaeological fieldwork.
The participants will work as field crew at the archaeological excavation of Pollentia on the island of Mallorca alongside Spanish archaeologists and university students. The object of our work will be the excavation of the city's Forum.
Over the years archaeologists have uncovered the remains of several temples, platforms and altars, in addition to an open space lined with tabernae (shops). The constant activity in antiquity in the Forum makes for a complicated but exciting archaeological project, and each year's work helps clarify the chronology of the structures being uncovered. Archaeologists at Pollentia have also excavated more than 200 graves dug into the Forum layers, suggesting that the plaza ceased to be used as such sometime during the 4th century. Participants at this site will contribute to the research of the introduction and development of the Roman culture across the Mediterranean and specifically in the Balearic Islands.
Roman consul Quintus Caecilius Metellus conquered Mallorca around 123 BC and it is thought that Pollentia was founded between 70 and 60 BC during Pompey's bid to vanquish pirates from the Mediterranean. Pollentia soon became the main urban settlement on the island, named a Roman colony during the reign of Augustus.
ArchaeoSpain groups interact in all aspects of the project, including excavation, mapping, photography, and the conservation and cataloguing of artifacts. Archaeologists will also hold several conferences on Pollentia's archaeology, plus a few workshops that cover drawing pottery by hand and archaeological mapping.
We will also experience Spain away from the picks and shovels by relaxing on the island's beaches, sitting at a cafe, or touring several nearby pre-historic, Roman and Medieval sites of interest.
Period(s) of Occupation: Roman, Medieval
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks
Room and Board Arrangements
Academic CreditNumber of credits offered: none
Orfila Pons, M.; Chavez Alvarez, M. E.; Cau Ontiveros, M. A. "Pollentia and the Cities of the Balearic Islands." Early Roman Towns in Hispania Tarraconensis, Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplementary Series, 62 (2006). Portsmouth, Rhode Island. pp. 133-145.