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 033: Discover archaeology and the ancient art in The British Museum (London, UK) & Dig in the Roman City of Sanisera (Menorca, Spain)

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Main facade of British MuseumThis program, which has been scheduled by The Sanisera Archaeology Institute for International Field Schools, is divided in two main parts. In the first part of the course students will gain experience in archaeological fieldwork by excavating in the Ancient Roman city of Sanisera. This site is located in the Mediterranean island of Menorca. During the second part, students will visit London to discover the archaeology and ancient art in The British Museum, the most important collection of ancient art of the world, numbering some 8 million works. In 2013 the museum received a record 6.7 million visitors, an increase of 20% from the previous year.


Part 1. The archaeological fieldwork in Sanisera (Menorca, Spain)

The research is focused on the archaeological excavation of Sanisera and it studies what happened in this Roman port connected to the maritime traffic that sailed the Mediterranean during those times. As a result, we know that this is a very interesting archaeological site, with abundant findings of multiple artifacts that will help us to reconstruct its past.

The excavation at the Roman city of Sanisera provides all the archaeological documentation necessary for the student to acquire enough training and experience in all aspects involving an excavation of the Roman civilization from the II century B.C. to the VI A.D.

In the laboratory students will learn to classify all the artifacts found on the site, including Roman pottery, numismatics and faunal remains.

Time dedicated to this part of the program: 70%.


Part 2. Discover the city of London and The British Museum (England)

For the second part of the course, the Field Program has scheduled an archaeological tour around London. This tour will have a duration of five days and explanations will be in English.

The British Museum is the national museum of United Kingdom dedicated to history, art and archaeology. It is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture. The museum is located in Bloomsbury, in the Montagu House.

The British Museum houses the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of Egyptian antiquities (with over 100,000 pieces) outside the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Its collection includes works such as The Rosetta Stone.

The British Museum possesses by far the world's largest and most important collection of Mesopotamian antiquities outside Iraq. A collection of immense importance, the holdings of Assyrian, Babylonian and Sumerian antiquities are among the most comprehensive in the world with entire suites of rooms panelled in alabaster bas-reliefs from highly important sites between the rivers Euphrates and Tigris and include the biblical cities of Nimrud, Nineveh and Khorsabad.

In addition, The British Museum has one of the world's largest and most comprehensive collections of antiquities from the Classical world, with over 100,000 objects. These mostly range in date from the beginning of the Greek Bronze Age (about 3200 BC) to the reign of the Roman Emperor Constantine I in the 4th century AD. The Cycladic, Minoan and Mycenaean cultures are represented, and the Greek collection includes important sculpture from the Parthenon in Athens, as well as elements of two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and the Temple of Artemis at Ephesos.

Two of the five days of the stay in London will be used to discover the collections of ancient civilizations including antiques from Syria, Mesopotamia, Persia, Egypt, Rome, Etruscan and Europe archaeology.

The other days will be free for the student to meet other art museums such as National Gallery, Natural History Museum, The National Maritime Museum and the most emblematic monuments and places of the city.

Time dedicated to this part of the program: 30%.


 


Aerial view of Roman City of Sanisera

Aerial view of the dig of the Roman city of Sanisera

Students digging in the Roman City of Sanisera

The Sudents digging in the Roman City of Sanisera

Finds from the fieldwork in Sanisera

Finds from the fieldwork in Sanisera

Statue of Rameses II

Statue of Rameses II

The Rosetta Stone

The Rosetta Stone

Green siltstone head of Thutmosis III

Green siltstone head of Thutmosis III

The Townley Discobolus

The Townley Discobolus

Gilded mummy portrait of a roman woman

Gilded mummy portrait of a roman woman

 



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