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 021: Biological Anthropology in the Sanisera Necropolis (Spain) & Making an Archaeological Film (Menorca, Spain)

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If you study anthropology or are interested in studying tombs for the first time, or are interested in studying human remains while also learning concepts of film, editing and video production, this course is a good option for you. This program accommodates participants with or without previous experience.

The combination of anthropology and assembling a documentary related to the research and fieldwork in which you participate will give you experience in how to communicate and present your work with the highest quality, be it university projects, personal projects or just learning more about communication tools that are increasingly more frequently used.

This program centers on the excavation of the Roman necropolis of Sanisera. During the first half of the course, participants learn to excavate tombs and in the laboratory learn how to analyze and classify archaeological material, mainly human remains and grave goods discovered during the excavation. During the second half, participants will use the experience they gain in the first part of the course to create a script and produce an archaeological video documentary centered on Roman archaeology following the guidance of an expert.

You will have the opportunity to film real live footage of the excavation of the Roman necropolis of Sanisera and the discovered archaeological material studied such as human remains and grave goods in the laboratory. This program takes place on a Mediterranean island with unique and pristine scenery, next to the sea and stunning Mediterranean landscapes.

Previous knowledge or experience in archaeology or computer systems is not required.

The Field Program

The first half of the course will focus on the excavation in the roman necropolis of Sanisera, where they will work for 8 days. The fieldwork runs 7 hours a day with time dedicated to both excavations, the study of human osteology by the analysis of the skeletal remains and laboratory work on roman pottery.

After the fieldwork in the Necropolis, students will also dedicate 7 hours per day to both video footage while the archaeologists are excavating, and the processing of the digital documentation in order to create the archaeological documentary film.

Participants will also be given lectures on methodology regarding film productions, movie trailers and some examples of the best films about Archaeology.

Courses are given in both English and Spanish. For every seven course days there are two days off.


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.



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