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 027: Surveying the Roman Mediterranean Ports. Underwater Archaeology in Portus Iulius 'Underwater Pompeii' (Baia Underwater Park, Naples Bay – Italy) and Sanisera Port (Menorca – Spain)

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If you are interested in gaining experience, practicing diving and learning the techniques and methodology used for surveying in different seabed, identifying the most diverse archaeological materials that can be discovered in underwater Roman archeology, this course is the best option for you.

In the Roman port of Sanisera (Menorca , Spain ), in a privileged landscape, you can dive into different depths with wide visibility, learning how to recognize remains of amphoras, anchors and Roman shipwrecks with which you will practice the survey method and the applied registration system (photographic documentation in 2D and 3D, drawing, classification of amphoras, ... ).

In one of the most unique ports of the Roman world, Portus Iulius (Naples, Italy), you will investigate a unique and exceptional seabed, one of the best in the field of underwater archeology. You will dive and practice design techniques to make the submerged port mapping and spatial study of the distribution of archaeological materials to be discovered. You should know that in Portus Iulius you will identify objects rarely found in other submerged sites, like marble, columns, remains of sculptures , embossed stucco, tiles, glass, ... ).

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. You will have also visited the most iconic and remarkable Roman underwater archaeological sites in the Mediterranean.


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


Field School life & language

The field school course has a length of 18 days and will start in Spain. Students will meet in Menorca on the first day of the course. During the first 7 days participants will focus on the underwater archaeology fieldwork in the ancient port of Sanitja, exploring and surveying the 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 amphoras and anchors.

Continuing the course schedule, between days 8 and 10 we will go on excursions, rest and transfer by plane to Naples to start the survey project in Baia Underwater Archaeological Park.

Between days 11 and 18, we will use 6 days diving and making the planimetry of the port and studying the submerged objects in Portus Iulius. Other two dives are directed to visit the remains of the submerged roman villas of Punta Epitaffio. In addition, participants will also visit the Roman ruins of the city of Pompeii.

Participants will then return to Menorca for the last two days of the program which are free course days.  

The course runs six hours per day. The course is taught in English, Spanish and Italian.



Diving certificate

To participate in diving activities, it is necessary to have a diving certificate from an internationally recognized organization (i.e. PADI) that will allow you to dive up to 18 meters in depth.  


If you want to participate in the underwater archaeology course and don’t have the Open Water Diving certificate allowing you to dive up to 18 meters, no worries! We offer you the possibility of getting the title with our Diving Center collaborator. For only $225 extra you will be able to dive anywhere in the world.


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.

Equipment needed

We encourage participants to bring their own dive gear; however, a complete set of diving equipment (with the exception of mask and snorkel which each participant must bring) can be rented at the reduced cost of 20 Euro per day in Naples (Italy).

Certificates

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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