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
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
Number of credits offered: none
Es Mercadal, Menorca 07740