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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Underwater Archaeology in the Mediterranean


For 2011, the Ecomuseum of the Cape Cavalleria will be exploring the Roman port of Sanitja and the coast of the Cape of Cavalleria, identifying structures of the Roman city of Sanisera as well as shipwrecks. The port of Sanitja was not only occupied by the Romans. There are also ruins on land of a Muslim mosque and English defense tower which suggests that we will find underwater evidence from these periods as well. The course is designed to provide practical experience in underwater archaeological field work, from site discovery to lab analysis. Participants will gain experience in various activities such as surveying methods, site reconnaissance, recording, drawing, mapping, position fixing, photography, laboratory processing, securing and surfacing artifacts. If the situation arises, we will also be extracting at risk artifacts (from looting) from the port and study them in the lab. Students will also attend lectures on Roman archaeology. The course runs six hours a day, six days a week. The day will be divided between diving in the port of Sanijta, lab work, exercises, lectures, videos and excursions. The course schedule is designed to be flexible because this program is dependent on weather and conditions at sea. In addition to daily research activities, participants will learn about the history and culture of Menorca through organized excursions. The course is taught in English and Spanish. Participants will be able to choose between Group 1: No open water diving certificate, or Group 2: Possession of and open water diving certificate from an internationally recognized organization. Please join our facebook page Ecomuseum Cavalleria to see photos and to read daily updates of the site.

Experience underwater archaeological field work, from site discovery to lab analysis. Participants will gain experience in various activities such as surveying methods, site reconnaissance, recording, drawing, mapping, position fixing, photography, and laboratory processing. Students will also attend lectures on Roman archaeology.

The course runs six hours a day, six days a week with one day off a week. The day will be divided between diving in the port of Sanitja, lab work, exercises, lectures, videos and excursions. The course schedule is designed to be flexible because this operation is dependent on conditions at sea.

In addition to the daily research activities, students will learn about the history and culture of Menorca through organized excursions. The course is taught in English and Spanish.

Location: Es Mercadal, Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

Season Dates: May 18, 2011 - November 14, 2011
Session Dates:
#1: May 18 – May 31. #2: June 3 – June 16. #3: June 25 – July 8. #4: July 11 – July 24. #5: July 28 – August 10. #6: August 13 – August 26. #7: August 30 – September 12. #8: September 20 –October 3. #9: November 1 – November 14, 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 and Carlos Cabrera

Period(s) of Occupation: Roman to modern

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 14 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 dive site and planned excursions are included. Cost includes full room and board, transportation, accidental medical insurance,planned excursions, weights, tanks and air, PADI for those in group # 1, application fee and administrative cost. Airfare not included.

Cost: $2,400 to $3,400 per session

Academic Credit
Number of credits offered: none

Contact Information
Lana Johnson

APDO 68

Es Mercadal, Menorca 07740

Spain

sanisera@arrakis.es
Phone: (34) 699 69 55 80

The Necropolis of a Roman City


For 2011, we will be excavating a cluster of Roman tombs belonging to a cemetery located on the outskirts of the Roman city of Sanisera that was occupied from 123 B.C. to A.D. 550. The excavation is directed by Fernando Contreras, director of the Ecomuseum of the Cape of Cavalleria, and Thaïs Fadrique with the collaboration of specialists in physical anthropology and conservation.

The course runs seven hours a day which is divided between excavation of the tombs and laboratory work, studying the human remains and other materials recovered during the excavation (The amount of time dedicated to lab work may vary each session depending on the state of the tombs excavated, i.e. how many individuals per tomb, etc.). Students will also participate in lectures, classes, exercises and excursion.

Participants will learn and apply excavation techniques used in physical anthropology when excavating tombs. In the laboratory, participants will follow guidelines set by an anthropologist and other specialist for the classification, study, and conservation of human remains and other related material found. Participants will also be given lectures on methodology, roman archaeology, physical anthropology, and conservation of archaeological materials. Participants will visit other archaeological sites on the island through organized excursions. Courses are given in both English and Spanish.

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 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

APDO 68

Es Mercadal, Menorca 07740

Spain

sanisera@arrakis.es
Phone: (34)699695580

The Cave: Roman Funerary Archaeology


The Cape of Cavalleria Ecomuseum in Menorca, Spain, has scheduled for 2011 the excavation of funerary deposits made by the first inhabitants of Menorca. The excavation is directed by Fernando Contreras, director of the Cape of Cavalleria Ecomuseum in collaboration with other specialists in physical anthropology and conservation. The course runs 7 hours a day which is divided between excavation of the cave and laboratory work; study and conservation of the human remains and other materials recovered from the burial site. The fieldwork focuses on the spatial distribution of the individuals and the objects related to their rituals and grave goods. Students will also participate in lectures, classes, exercises and excursions related to the course material. For every seven course days there are two days off. Participants will learn and apply excavation techniques used in physical anthropology when excavating the cave tombs. In the laboratory, participants will follow guidelines set by an anthropologist and other specialists for the classification, study, and conservation of human remains and other related material found. 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.

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

Project Director: Fernando Contreras

Period(s) of Occupation: Bronze Age

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

APDO 68

Es Mercadal, Menorca 07740

Spain

sanisera@arrakis.es
Phone: (34) 699 69 55 80

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

APDO 68

Es Mercadal, Menorca 07740

Spain

sanisera@arrakis.es
Phone: (34) 699 69 55 80

The Roman City of Sanisera

For 2011, we will be excavating the Roman City of Sanisera, that overlooks the natural port of Sanitja. Students will learn and gain experience in excavation using the Harris Matrix. Various instruments and tools will be used to record stratigraphy and document the plans and photographs of the excavation. In the museum laboratory, students will study excavated material and learn basic techniques of artifact recording, focusing on Roman pottery. In addition to the daily excavation and laboratory work, students will also participate in conferences on methodology and Roman archaeology, and will visit other museums and archaeological sites on the island. Courses are given in English and Spanish.

The Romans first arrived on Menorca in the year 123 B.C. when the Roman army conquered the Balearic islands. For 600 years more, Menorca would form a part of the immense Roman empire. On the island, the Romans formed three cities. Of those cities, Sanisera (our archaeological site) was built around the port of Sanitja in the northernmost part of the island. The city flourished due to the heavy maritime commercial industry that received boats going from Spain to Italy and from France to Africa. The impressiveness of Sanisera can be appreciated in the present by the quantity and quality of the amphoras and other roman artifacts that have been found in recent excavations. Sanisera is situated in a spectacular natural reserve next to the Ecomuseum of the Cape of 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 includes full room and board, transportation to and from the site, accidental medical insurance, planned excursions, application fee and administrative cost. Airfare not included.

Cost: Between $1,000 and $2,500 per session

Academic Credit
Number of credits offered: none

Contact Information
Lana Johnson

APDO 68

Es Mercadal, Menorca 07740

Spain

sanisera@arrakis.es
Phone: (34) 699 69 55 80

The Cave and Roman Necropolis Dig


For 2011,the Cape of Cavalleria Ecomuseum in
Menorca, Spain, has scheduled the excavation of two burial sites: The Roman Necropolis and the Prehistoric Cave. The students will be introduced to Mediterranean Physical Anthropology by excavating in these two sites: the prehistoric cave during the first half of the course, and the Roman Necropolis during the second half. The Roman Necropolis Dig involves the excavation of a cluster of roman tombs belonging to a cemetery located on the outskirts of the roman city of Sanisera, which was occupied from 123 B.C. to 550 A.D.

The Prehistoric Cave Dig is focused on the excavation of funerary deposits made by the first inhabitants of Menorca. The dig takes place in a cave known as “Cueva de la Costa Norte”, very close to the Cape of Cavalleria Ecomuseum. It is a collective burial site which dates between 2000 and 1350 B.C. It involves the collection of burnt bone samples, pottery vessels, bronze and bone pendants and beads, among other artifacts.

The course runs 7 hours per day, with time dedicated to both excavation and laboratory work. The course is divided into two halves: the Roman Necropolis Dig and the Prehistoric Cave Dig. The excavation of the Necropolis focuses on funerary structures, specifically inhumations, while the Prehistoric Cave focuses on the spatial distribution of the remains and the objects and grave goods related to funerary rituals. Participants will learn and apply excavation techniques used in physical anthropology when excavating. 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. 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.

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

Project Director: Fernando Contreras

Period(s) of Occupation: Prehistoric and 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

Academic Credit
Number of credits offered: none

Contact Information
Lana Johnson

APDO 68

Es Mercadal, Menorca 07740

Spain

sanisera@arrakis.es
Phone: (34) 699 69 55 80

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

The Balkan Heritage Field Schools: Season 2011


The Balkan Heritage Field School organization will be conducting a series of very exciting field schools and projects in 2011. They are seeking students, volunteers and scholar/professionals to assist and learn in no less than 10 separate projects located in Macedonia and Bulgaria. Here is a listing with brief descriptions:



"FRESCO-HUNTING" PHOTO EXPEDITION TO MEDIEVAL BALKAN CHURCHES


An expedition for documentation of medieval frescoes preserved in abandoned churches and chapels in remote areas of western Bulgaria In 2011. Beside the fieldwork activities, lectures,workshops and trainings in South East European Medieval History, Orthodox iconography, introduction to the Documental Photography and fresco conservation and restoration, graphic documentation (drawn and photographic record) and illustration (both drawing and using graphic software) of architectural features and frescos as well as guided tours to Sofia, Boyana Church and the Rila monastery (UNESCO world heritage sites) will be provided.


Dates: Core Field School Project: May 14 - 28, 2011

Extended Field School Project: May 7 - June 4, 2011


Academic credits available to students
: Up to 9



BIRTH OF EUROPE - EXCAVATION OF THE EARLY NEOLITHIC SETTLEMENT AT ILLIDENTSI


Excavations of one of the first Neolithic settlements in Europe (6200 - 5500 B.C.) near Ilidentsi in southwestern Bulgaria.

Dates: June 12 - 25, 2011

Academic credits available to students: 6



WORKSHOP FOR CONSERVATION, RESTORATION AND DOCUMENTATION OF ROMAN POTTERY


The workshop will guide the participants through the history and technology of Roman and Late Roman pottery and consequent stages of archaeological conservation, restoration, documentation and study. It will take place in Stobi (the capital of Mecedonia Secunda). Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on Roman pottery found in the ancient city of Stobi. During the workshop participants will work with authentic Roman shards.

Dates: June 12 - 25, 2011

Academic credits available for students: 6



A BYZANTINE COLD CASE FILE: EARLY CHRISTIAN MONASTERY-STRONGHOLD EXCAVATIONS IN VARNA (ANCIENT ODESSOS)

Excavation of the Early Christian monastery-stronghold in Varna near the Black Sea, Bulgaria.

Two field school sessions are available:


Dates: July 2 - 16, 2011

July 17 - 31, 2011


Academic credits available to students: up to 9



HERACLEA LYNCESTIS EXCAVATIONS


Excavations of the ancient (Hellenistic, Roman, Late Roman) town of Heraclea Lyncestis in Bitola, Macedonia.

Two field sessions are available:


Dates: July 2 - 16, 2011

July 17 - 31, 2011


Academic credits available to students
: up to 9



APOLLONIA PONTICA EXCAVATIONS


Excavations at the sacred precinct (temenos) of the ancient Greek city of Apollonia Pontica on St. Kirik Island, Sozopol, Bulgaria. Periods of occupation: Archaic and Classical Greek, Hellenistic, Roman and Early Byzantine (seventh century B.C. to seventh century, A.D.).

Two field school sessions are available:


Dates
: August 3 - 17, 2011

August 18 - September 1, 2011


Academic credits available to students
: up to 9



STOBI (THE CAPITAL CITY OF MACEDONIA SECUNDA) EXCAVATIONS


Excavations of the ancient (late Hellenistic, Roman, Early Byzantine) city of Stobi, Macedonia.

Three field school sessions are available:

Dates: August 3 - 17, 2011

August 18 - September 1, 2011


September 4 - 18, 2011


Academic credits available to students
: up to 12



WORKSHOP FOR RESTORATION AND DOCUMENTATION OF ANCIENT GREEK POTTERY


This workshop will guide participants through the history of ancient Greek pottery, its production and consequent stages of archaeological conservation, documentation, study and restoration. It will take place in both Emona and Sozopol (ancient Apollonia Pontica) on the Black Sea Coast, Bulgaria. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on ancient Greek pottery found in Sozopol. During the workshop participants will be working with authentic ancient Greek shards.

Dates: September 5 - 18, 2011

Academic credits available to students: 6



WORKSHOP FOR CONSERVATION AND DOCUMENTATION OF LATE ROMAN MURAL PAINTINGS


This workshop will guide the participants through the history, techniques and consequent stages of archaeological study, conservation and documentation of Late Roman/Early Byzantine mural paintings. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on authentic wall-painting fragments found in the ancient city of Stobi.

Dates: June 12 - 25, 2011

Academic credits available to students
: 6



"FRESCO-HUNTING PHOTO EXPEDITION TO MEDIEVAL BALKAN CHURCHES 2

An expedition for documentation of medieval frescos preserved in medieval churches and chapels of southwestern Macedonia.

Dates: September 4 - 18, 2011

Academic credits available to students: 6



More detailed information about these field schools can be obtained by going to the
website for the Balkan Heritage Field School.

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