Roman Forum of Pollentia: High School Archaeology
Roman Forum of Pollentia: High School Archaeology
Roman Forum of Pollentia: High School ArchaeologyRoman Forum of Pollentia: High School Archaeology

Location: Alcudia, Mallorca, Spain

Season Dates: July 5, 2014 - August 2, 2014
Application Deadline: May 15, 2013


Program Type
Field school

Affiliation: Balearic government/ArchaeoSpain

Project Director: Dr. Miguel Angel Cau, University of Barcelona; Dr. Esther Chavez, University of La Laguna

Project Description

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

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks

Minimum Age: 16

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements

Participants will stay in a hotel in the center of Alcudia, a walled, Medieval town. The site is a short walk from the hotel. Students will share rooms for 2-3 people. Each room has air conditioning and a TV. There is also free Wifi at the hotel.
Meals will be eaten at the hotel restaurant. The cost includes full room and board, airport pick-up/drop-off on the first and last days of the program, historical excursions, seminars, medical insurance, application fee and administrative costs. Airfare is not included.

Cost: $4,775

Academic Credit
Number of credits offered: none

Contact Information
5 Ironwood Lane
West Hartford, Connecticut 06117
Phone: 866-932-0003
Fax: 866-932-0003

Recommended Bibliography

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.

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