Topic ID #30551 - posted 1/5/2014 4:44 AM



THE SANISERA FIELD SCHOOL 2014 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.

Why participate?

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General Information

Over the past eight years, The Underwater School in Archaeology has researched the ancient port of Sanitja via an intensive survey program. We have discovered 18 Roman shipwrecks with cargo, including amphora, and more than 10 anchors from different time periods.

For 2014, The Sanisera Field School offers an underwater archaeology course consisting of two main parts.

Part 1: Explore the Ancient Roman Port of Sanitja (Menorca, Spain)
There will be a minimum of 16 immersions focusing on underwater archaeological survey exploring the Ancient Port of Sanitja and the coast of the Cape of Cavalleria. The aim of this project is to identify structures of the Roman city of Sanisera and underwater shipwrecks, as well as the associated cargo including amphora and anchors. The port of Sanitja was not only occupied by Romans.  There are also ruins of a Muslim mosque and an English defense tower which lead us to believe that we could find other vessels from these time periods. During the last years of survey, several anchors and three shipwrecks from the XVI-XIX centuries were discovered.  Course time dedicated: 90%.

Part 2. Mediterranean Shipbuilding (Menorca, Spain)
This component of the course focuses on Mediterranean shipbuilding techniques, both on theoretical and practical levels. Students will put into practice their conservation skills with a ship from the 1920s. Students will learn the basics of traditional Mediterranean shipbuilding, as well as which tools, instruments and methods are the most suitable to restore old vessels.  Course time dedicated: 10%.

Students will also attend lectures on Roman shipwrecks, Roman amphora and Mediterranean shipbuilding techniques.

Directed at

This course offered by the Sanisera Field School is designed to teach with precision this field of research. If you are interested in learning underwater survey techniques and methodology and apply them in a Roman port where you will find amphora, anchors and the remains of shipwrecks, then this is a good option for you. During this course, you will learn how to identify archaeological remains on the seabed. In the laboratory, you will learn, how to classify archaeological material found and how to determine dates and methods used to determine the location and elements of the cargos from shipwrecks.After finishing this course, the training and experience gained will help you to decide if underwater archaeology is the area of research that you wish to focus on or if you want to continue on with underwater archaeology as a future profession.The water is very clear in Menorca, with an astonishing visibility often up to 18 to 20 meters. The water is calm and mild in temperature and currant, allowing for excellent diving conditions in a natural and pristine Mediterranean atmosphere. Previous knowledge or experience in archaeology or computer systems is not required.

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Field School life & language

The course runs six hours per day.  The day will be divided between diving in the Roman Port of Sanitja, lab work, exercises, lectures, videos and excursions. The course is taught in English and Spanish.

To participate in diving activities, it is necessary to have a diving certificate that will allow you to dive up to 18 meters in depth.  For this reason, we have designed two groups to choose from: with or without a diving certificate.

Group 1. Without a diving certificate: Those that do not have their diving certificate should choose this group.

Group 2. With certificate: Those that have a diving certificate from an internationally recognized organization (i.e. PADI), should choose this group.

Certificate of participation
Open water diving certificate (PADI) for those in group # 1.

Medical Check
On the first day of the course, participants have to show a medical document stating that he/she is fit for diving activities. Participants that do not have this document on the first day will not be allowed to participate until they are able to present this document.

Sessions & Cost

For 2014: 11 sessions, 20 days each
March 29th - April 17th $ 2,100
April 20th - May 9th $ 2,300
May 12th - May 31st $ 2,600
June 3rd - June 22th $ 2,800
June 25th - July 14th $ 2,800
July 17th - August 5th $ 2,800
August 8th - August 27th $ 2,800
August 30th - September 18th $ 2,300
September 20th - October 9th $ 2,100
October 12th - October 31th $ 2,100
November 3rd - November 22th $ 2,100

Course fee includes:
  • Accommodation in the Student Residency in Ciutadella.
  • Walking distance to the historic center, port and beaches.
  • Course tuition.
  • Tanks, tank filling and weights.
  • Daily transportation to/from the archaeological fieldwork.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Morning snack at the site.
  • Accident insurance at the site.
  • Excursions.
  • Certificate of participation.

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

Equipment Needed

We encourage participants to bring their own dive gear, however, a complete set of diving equipment can be rented at the reduced cost of 15 Euros per day.


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.

Spaces available

The course is limited to 8 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.

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 20 days / Minimum Age: 18 (contact with questions about age) / Experience Required: No

Contact Information Cesar Gonzalez .Email: .Phone: 00.34.666 68 65 50



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