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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Roman City and Necropolis Dig

The Ecomuseum of the Cape of Cavalleria in Menorca, Spain, has scheduled for 2011, the excavation of Sanisera: The Roman City and Necropolis. The occupation of the city began in 123 B.C. and lasted until A.D. 650. Participants will excavate both areas of the site, dedicating one half of the session to each area. The excavation is directed by Fernando Contreras, director of the Ecomuseum of the Cape of Cavalleria in collaboration with other archaeologists and specialists in physical anthropology and conservation. The course runs seven hours per day, with time dedicated to both excavation and laboratory work. The course is divided into two halves: the Roman City Dig and the Necropolis Dig. The excavation of the Necropolis focuses on funerary structures, specifically inhumations. Participants will learn and apply excavation techniques used in physical anthropology when excavating tombs. In the laboratory participants will be instructed by an anthropologist and other specialists in the classification, study, and conservation of human remains and other related materials found. The excavation of the Roman City focuses on the urban structures of Sanisera. During this part of the excavation, participants will receive an intensive introduction to basic aspects of field excavation techniques following the Harris Matrix. In the lab, participants will process, classify and study excavated materials, focusing on Roman pottery. Participants will also be given lectures on methodology, Roman archaeology, physical anthropology and classification of archaeological materials. Participants will visit other archaeological sites on the island through organized excursions. Courses are given in both English and Spanish. For every seven course days there are two days off. We post photos and daily undates from the site on our facebook page Ecomuseum Cavalleria

Location: Es Mercadal, Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

Season Dates: March 29, 2011 - October 31, 2011
Session Dates:
1) March 29 - April 17; 2) April 20 - May 9; 3) May 12-3;, 4) June 3-22; 5) June 25 - July 14; 6) July 17 - August 5; 7) August 8-27; 8) August 30 - September 18; 9) September 20 - October 9; and 10) October 12-31, 2011
Application Deadline:
October 1, 2011

Website: http://www.ecomuseodecavalleria.com

Program Type
Field school

Affiliation: Ecomuseum of the Cape of Cavalleria and the Sa Nitja Association

Project Director: Fernando Contreras

Period(s) of Occupation: Roman

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 20 days

Minimum Age: 18 (contact with questions about age)

Experience Required: no

Room and Board Arrangements

Participants will stay in one of the Ecomuseum's three student residences. All of our residences have heating/air-conditioning, laundry service and wifi. Transportation to and from the excavation site and planned excursions are included. Cost includes full room and board, transportation, accidental medical insurance, planned excursions, application fee and administrative cost. Airfare not included.

Cost: Between $1,500 and $2,500 per session

Academic Credit
Number of credits offered: none

Contact Information
Lana Johnson


Es Mercadal, Menorca 07740


Phone: (34) 699 69 55 80


At 11:56 AM, Blogger camyers said...

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Corey Myers



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