New course 2015: Digging remains in two maritime cities of the Roman Empire: Sanisera (Menorca, Spain) and Siculi (Split, Croatia)

Location: Split, Croatia

May 1, 2015 to November 12, 2015

Session dates: 
1) May 01 - May 20; 2) May 23 - June 11; 3) August 19 - September 07; 4) September 10 - September 29; 5) October 02 - October 21; 6) October 24 - November 12

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Flyer: 040.pdf

Program Type

Field school


The Sanisera Archaeology Institute offers over 20 international field schools focusing on archaeology, anthropology, GIS, underwater archaeology, conservation, art, museums and archaeological film. Student's fieldwork centers on the survey and excavation of classical sites. - See more at:

Project Director:

Tatiana Valente, Ivanka Kamenjarin, Ivan Šuta, Dominik Žanić, Ante Jureškin and Tina Neuhauser

Project Description

Sanisera Archaeology Institute for International Field Schools

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.

We are not only in Spain, but we also have courses in Greece, Portugal, France, UK, Croatia, Turkey and Italy. We offer students more than 20 courses that can enrich their CVs, validate university credits and get recommendation letters to enter the job market or get into prestigious scientific research centers.

Our work is focused on the archaeological study of ancient cities, anthropology, osteology, digging graves, conservation in archaeology, art, museums, excavate shipwrecks and submerged cities of ancient ports in the underwater school in archaeology, how to make a movie, learning GIS Software for archaeologists and discovering the most important monuments from Ancient civilizations such as Athens and Rome.

Why participate?

General Information

We recommend this field school to those students interested in digging remains of the roman cities and classical archaeology.

This archeological course is organized by two institutions that coordinate their own field schools independently. We want to help participants to have the opportunity to learn and experience in just 20 days the excavation of two Roman sites built by the sea in two different countries. In Spain, the city of Sanisera is investigated by "Sanisera Archaeology Institute", while in Croatia, the site of Siculi is promoted by "The Kaštela Town Museum".

This course is divided in two parts in order to discover two different sites. During the first week, students will excavate in the city of Sanisera, and then they will travel to Split (Croatia), to dig the remains of the city of Siculi.

Part 1. Digging in the roman site of Sanisera (Menorca, Spain)

The research is focused on the archaeological excavation of Sanisera and it studies what happened in this Roman port connected to the maritime traffic that sailed the Mediterranean during those times. As a result, we know that this is a very interesting archaeological site, with abundant findings of multiple artifacts that will help us to reconstruct its past.

The excavation at the Roman city of Sanisera provides all the archaeological documentation necessary for the student to acquire enough training and experience in all aspects involving an excavation of the Roman civilization from the II century B.C. to the VI A.D.

Time dedicated to this part of the program: 50%.

Part 2. Dig in the archaeological site of Siculi (Split, Croatia)

In the largest area, discovered in present times, is the ancient site of Siculi, located in Resnik. Many years of archeological research have found that it was a settlement with remains that are dating back from Hellenistic to late Roman period. According to antique itineraries, such as Tabula Peutingeriana, here we can accommodate the only ancient settlement whose name was preserved in the area of Kaštela - Siculi.

It was 5 Roman miles from Tragurion and 9 from Salona. Also, from historical resources, the information by Pliny the Elder was saved about Claudius’ veterans populating about this area in the 1st century AD. A few tomb stones were found in the area of Bijaći, which mention the veterans of XI legion stationed till the seventies of the 1st century in the Roman camp in Burnum. As this legion, with some others, remained faithful to Claudius during the Scribonian rebellion, it was named Claudia Pia Fidelis, and the emperor awarded his veterans by giving them lands.

Although the excavations were limited and conditioned by the scope of construction work, important data on the organization and architecture of the settlement dated to the 2nd and 1st century BC. The grid plan which was discovered reveals an ortogonal layout with 10 streets of a north-south orientation and a total number of 11 parts of blocks which are around 13 meters wide.

Time dedicated to this part of the program: 50%.

What you will learn

In the Fieldwork

  • How to dig and which archaeological techniques are used.
  • Use and handling of the tools that are used during the excavation process.
  • Basic principles of stratigraphy.
  • Recording the data obtained during the excavation using the Harris Method.
  • Practice on the recognition of archaeological materials and Roman finds on the site.

In the Laboratory

  • Study and typological classification of archaeological objects of Roman archaeology: ceramics, numismatics, faunal remains, metals and glass.
  • Relative dating based on the classification of archaeological objects discovered in the stratigraphic sequence.


  • History, archaeology, economy and culture of the Roman civilization.
  • Introduction to the History of the Sanisera and the Siculi sites.
  • The background of Roman funerary rituals.
  • Minorcan archaeology before the Roman conquest of the Balearic Islands.
  • Kastela bay in classical period – Ager Salonitanus”.

Directed at

The training provided in this course and the experience you can acquire can be of importance in your future if you are thinking about archaeology in a professional level.

If you are thinking 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, amphorae, 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.  

Previous knowledge or experience in archaeology or computer systems is not required.

Field School life & language

Participants will also be given lectures on methodology, Roman archaeology, and classification of archaeological materials. Participants will visit other archaeological sites through organized excursions. Courses are given in both English and Spanish. For every seven course days there are two days off.


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

In 2015, 6 session, 20 days each

Session #1 May 01 – May 20 $ 2200

Session #2 May 23 - June 11 $ 2450

Session #3 August 19 – September 07 $ 2350

Session #4 September 10 - September 29 $ 2200

Session #5 October 02 - October 21 $ 2100

Session #6 October 24 – November 12 $ 2100

Spaces avalaible

The course is limited to 12 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)

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 20 days

Minimum age: 
18 (contact with questions about age)

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

Course fee includes

  • Course tuition
  • Accommodation in the students’ residence (Ciutadella, Spain) and the Bungalows with AC (Resnik, Croatia). Two to six people per room.
  • Walking distance to the historic center, port and beaches
  • Meals.
  • Accident insurance at the site.
  • Daily transportation to/from the archaeological fieldwork.
  • Excursions.
  • Entrance tickets to all specified museums.
  • Certificate of participation.
  • Flight to Menorca - Split - Menorca / Split (students can only take a cabin bag weighing up to 10 kg with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm).

Airfare not included from the student home to/from Menorca (Spain).

between $ 2100 to $2450

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Please, contact Cesar Gonzalez, our course coordinator, in order to get more information about this possibility
Number of credits offered: none


Contact Information
Cesar Gonzalez
Es Mercadal
+1 347 8710963