Topic ID #36437 - posted 11/30/2015 3:53 AM

HIGH SCHOOL. Roman Forum of POLLENTIA, Mediterranean island of Mallorca, Spain, 2016


ArchaeoSpain offers two of the world’s only programs specifically designed to expose High School students to the challenges and rewards of hands-on Archaeology. These programs are for students ages 16 to 17.


Location: Mallorca, Spain
Dates: July
Duration: 1 month
Periods: Roman, Medieval

Our other high school team will join the excavation of the Roman Forum of Pollentia, a city in northern Mallorca that was founded by the Romans in 1st century BC.

Alongside professional archaeologists, our students will help uncover the complex layers of occupation in the Forum area that span from pre-Roman to medieval times. They will be taught excavation methods, mapping, and artifact recovery.

The ruins of the city are the best preserved Roman remains on the island and they have become an important reference for the study of Roman culture in the Mediterranean. This program is open to high school students ages 16 and 17.

Roman consul Quintus Caecilius Metellus conquered Mallorca around 123 BC and it is thought that Pollentia was founded between 70 and 60 BC during Pompey’s successful quest to vanquish pirates from the Mediterranean.

Pollentia soon became the main urban settlement on the island, and was named a Roman colony during the reign of Augustus (27 BC to 14).

The ArchaeoSpain program at Pollentia, which celebrated its 13th year in 2016, is designed for High School students ages 16 and 17. Those who join us at the archaeological excavation of Pollentia on the island of Mallorca will work as field crew on the ancient settlement of the city alongside professional archaeologists and university students.

We will focus on the continuing excavation of the Forum, the heart of any Roman city. Students will contribute to the research that aims to piece together of the story of how Roman culture developed across the Mediterranean and specifically in the Balearic Islands.

Program Dates 2016:

July 3 – July 31

Program Fees:


Fees Include:

• Full Room and Board 
• Fieldwork training
• Seminars and workshops
• Excursions and other activities
• Medical Insurance
• Transportation to and from airport
• Application fee
• Administrative costs

Fees DO NOT include airfare

Accommodations and Excursions.

The group, including ArchaeoSpain staff, will be staying at a hotel in the center of Alcudia, a walled, medieval town.

The hotel is about a five-minute walk from the excavation and students will be sharing double and triple rooms with air conditioning and TV.

Meals will be eaten at the hotel restaurant, and an arrangement will be made to provide us with the mid-workday snack.

Breakfast in Spain is a light meal, while lunch is more substantial, eaten around 2pm. Dinner is at 9pm.

The hotel, which has free Wifi, is a short drive from some excellent beaches as well.

Please let us know if you are a vegetarian or if you require a special diet so that we may discuss the best way to accommodate your needs.

Mallorca is an island full of history and our group will take advantage of all the the prehistoric and medieval sites of interest.

Alcudia is also located in one of the most beautiful areas of the island, and our group will have a chance to enjoy its charming beaches and landscapes.

The town will celebrate a Roman Festival during our stay, giving us a chance to show off the latest toga styles.

And we will also watch trip leader Antoni form Human Towers, known as Castells, an island tradition.

The following are some of the visits we have planned for our group. All excursions are included in the program fees, but they may change due to the excavation schedule or unforeseen events.

• The capital city of Palma: Old townBellver Castle (14th century), Cathedral (12th-15th centuries),Archaeological Museum.

• Megalithic settlement of Son Fornés (8th century BC)

• Watchtower of Cap Formentor

• Capdepera Castle (14th-18th centuries)

• Megalithic Necropolis of Son Real

 Bronze and Iron Age settlement ofS’Hospitalet Vell

• Small towns such as Port de Soller, Sa Calobra, Valldemossa, Manacor

Each week, group leaders and site directors will hold seminars and workshops for students concerning the fieldwork and the history of Pollentia.
 Pollentia Tour
 Introduction into Archaeology, Stratigraphy, and Artifact Collection
 History of Spain and the Balearic Islands
 History of the Pollentia Excavation
 Pottery Drawing

In addition, while in the field we will take some time out to teach everyone the
basics in Archaeological Mapping with traditional tools and also using modern technology
such as the total station.


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