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
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.
If you are contemplating for the first time to be a volunteer in an archaeology field school, this course could be right for you. This program accommodates participants with or without previous experience.
You can learn from the beginning excavation techniques and methodology. During the excavation you will find archaeological remains from the classical period including Roman pottery, amphora, glass, etc. that you will learn how to identify in the laboratory.
The comprehensive experience that you will gain in this course will help you to decide if you want to pursue archaeology in university or as a profession.
This is the most economical course that 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.
Field School life & language
The fieldwork focuses on Classical Archaeology, and specifically on Roman archaeology. It runs 7 hours a day, and is divided between excavation, lab work, exercises, lectures and excursions. Students receive an intensive introduction on basic aspects of archaeological excavation techniques (following the Harris Matrix), which are applied during the excavation time. In the laboratory students process, classify and study excavated material as well as attend lectures on the study of Roman archaeology. In addition to the daily excavation and laboratory work, students learn about Roman History through organized excursions. For every seven course days, there are two days off. The course is taught in English and Spanish.
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
11 session, 20 days each
Session #1 March 29th – April 17th $ 1,100
Session #2 April 20th – May 9th $ 1,100
Session #3 May 12th - May 31st $ 1,400
Session #4 June 3rd - June 22th $ 1,400
Session #5 June 25th - July 14th $ 1,400
Session #6 July 17th - August 5th $ 1,1400
Session #7 August 8th - August 27th $ 1,400
Session #8 August 30th - September 18th $ 1,100
Session #9 September 20th - October 9th $ 1,100
Session #10 October 12th - October 31th $ 900
Session #11 November 3rd - November 22th $ 900
The course is limited to 16 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
Academic CreditNumber of credits offered: none