Location: Es Mercadal, Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
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
Death in Rome has been studied in Sanisera since we started digging the first necropolis in 2008. So far we have excavated 72 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 270 individuals. The fieldwork focuses on funerary structures, specifically inhumation graves. Students will also participate in lectures on skeletal anatomy and pathologies, classes, exercises and excursions related to the course material.
If you are interested in studying anthropology or are already doing so in your school and would like to gain experience as a fieldwork volunteer excavating cemeteries and graves, this may be the best choice for you. This program accommodates participants with or without previous experience.
In the necropolis of Sanisera, without much physical exertion, and due to the stratigraphic conditions, you easily find and excavate tombs and their contents. You will excavate tombs and learn anthropological techniques used to recover human remains and grave goods. In the biological anthropology laboratory, you will learn how to treat and classify bones and grave goods recovered from the necropolis.
This course is designed primarily for students interested in excavating human remains with fieldwork focusing on a Roman cemetery. Time dedicated to laboratory work is less than excavation time, but students will learn the basics of anatomy.
After completing this program, the experience gained will enable you to decide if biological anthropology is the area of study best for you and if you would like to continue on with anthropology in your professional future.
This is the most economical intensive biological anthropology course the Sanisera Field School offers. The excavation takes place on the northern coast of the island, surrounded by the sea and pristine Mediterranean landscapes.
Previous knowledge or experience in archaeology or computer systems is not required.
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Field School life & language
The fieldwork runs 7 hours a day with time dedicated to both excavations, the study of human osteology by the analysis of the skeletal remains and laboratory work on roman pottery. For every seven course days there are two days off.
Participants will learn and apply excavation techniques used in biological anthropology during fieldwork. In the laboratory, participants will follow guidelines set by an anthropologist and other specialists for the classification, study, and conservation of skeletal remains and other related material found.
Participants will also be given lectures on methodology, roman archaeology, human osteology and classification of archaeological materials. Participants will visit other archaeological sites on the island through organized excursions. The course is taught in English and Spanish.
Sessions & Cost
11 session, 20 days each
Session #1 March 29th – April 17th $ 1,600
Session #2 April 20th – May 9th $ 1,600
Session #3 May 12th - May 31st $ 2,100
Session #4 June 3rd - June 22th $ 2,300
Session #5 June 25th - July 14th $ 2,300
Session #6 July 17th - August 5th $ 2,300
Session #7 August 8th - August 27th $ 2,100
Session #8 August 30th - September 18th $ 1,800
Session #9 September 20th - October 9th $ 1,500
Session #10 October 12th - October 31th $ 1,300
Session #11 November 3rd - November 22th $ 1,300
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.
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: Roman (Classical Archaeology)
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 20 days
Room and Board Arrangements
Course fee includes
Airfare not included from the student home to/from Menorca (Spain).
Academic CreditNumber of credits offered: none