Topic ID #35294 - posted 3/13/2015 10:49 AM

Sanisera Necropolis & GIS applied in archaeology 2015



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. 

Why participate? 

Courses Quick Guide

1.            General Information

The Sanisera Archaeology Institute for International Field Schools offers an annual archaeology dig on the island of Menorca, off the coast of Spain. This course is for students who come from all over the world to study abroad and who are interested in archaeology, anthropology and mapping tools applied to archaeology, as well as for participants who want to learn about topography, photogrammetry and archaeological recording system with a GIS (Geographic Information System).

This program is divided in two main parts: Biological Anthropology in the tombs of Sanisera and Mapping tools focused on GIS.

Part 1. Bioarchaeology in the Necropolis of Sanisera (Menorca, Spain)

Death in Rome has been studied in Sanisera since we started digging the first necropolis in 2008. So far we have excavated 72 tombs belonging to a Roman cemetery which could have been related to a basilica in the Roman city if Sanisera, which dates from the 4th and 6th centuries AD. The Osteology corpus in this necropolis includes more than 270 individuals.

The fieldwork focuses on funerary structures, specifically inhumation graves. Participants will learn and apply excavation techniques used in biological anthropology when excavating tombs. Students will also participate in lectures on skeletal anatomy and pathologies, classes, exercises and excursions related to the course material. In the laboratory participants will be instructed by an anthropologist and other archaeologists in the classification, study, and conservation of human remains and other related materials found.

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

Part 2. Creating an archaeological GIS platform

In the second part students will practice their computer drawing skills, so that they can create an archaeological GIS platform from the applied recording system of Sanisera. In this way, students will also learn how to use the ARCGIS software.

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


2. 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.

             Basic procedures for collecting C14 samples.


In the Laboratory

             Cleaning, Inventory and cataloging of recovered human bones during the excavation process.

             Basics of the methods used in human osteological analysis, including skeletal anatomy, palaeodemography and palaeopathology.

             Learning how to identify age, sex and height of buried individuals.

             Relative dating based on the classification of archaeological artifacts discovered in stratigraphic sequence.

             Learning, handling and practices with ArcGIS software.

             Design, preparation and management of archaeological information in a GIS platform using ArcGIS.



             Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Bioarchaeology

             Skeletal Anatomy –Terminology-: generalities, dental structure, skull and other bones.

             History, archaeology, economy and culture of the Roman civilization.

             Introduction to the History of the Sanisera Site.

             The background of Roman funerary rituals.

             Minorcan archaeology before the Roman conquest of the Balearic Islands.


3. Directed at

If you are interested in anthropology, how to excavate tombs, classification of anthropological material such as human remains and grave goods as well as how to process this information using GIS software, then this is the course you are looking for. This course accommodates participants with or without previous experience.

This is a general course that focuses on an archaeological excavation of a Roman necropolis and the software used to record information from the archaeological excavation. After a week of excavating tombs and learning human anatomy in the laboratory, participants will then use ARCGIS software to enter in the data recovered during fieldwork hours.

This course takes place on a Mediterranean island, among a pristine and unique landscape, surrounded by the sea.

Previous knowledge or experience in archaeology is not required.

4. Field School life & language

The fieldwork runs 7 hours per day. The day will be divided between learning mapping techniques, lab work, exercises, lectures, videos and excursions. For every seven course days there are two days off. The course is taught in English and Spanish.


5. Certificates

At the end of the 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 up on request.


6. Sessions and cost

In 2015, 4 sessions, 20 days each:

Session #1 June 14 – July 03 $ 2,300

Session #2 July 06 – July 25 $ 2,300

Session #3 July 28 - August 16 $ 2,300

Session #4 August 19 – September 07  $ 1,800


7. Course fee includes

•             Course tuition.

•             Mapping Software: ARCGIS.

•             Accommodation in the Student Residency in Ciutadella. Two to six per room.

•             Walking distance to the historic center, port and beaches

•             Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

•             Accident insurance at the site.

•             Daily transportation to/from the archaeological fieldwork.

•             Excursions.

•             Certificate of participation.

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

8. Spaces available

The course is limited to 5 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 Age: 18 (contact with questions about age)


Contact Information:
 Cesar Gonzalez


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