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 047: Advanced Underwater Archaeology in the Mediterranean Island of Menorca (Spain)

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The Sanisera Archaeology Institute for International Field Schools offers annual programs in archaeology. This course is designed for students from all around the world interested in studying abroad, gaining knowledge in Roman cities, classical archaeology and underwater archaeology.


Over the past eight years, The Underwater School in Archaeology has researched the ancient port of Sanitja via an intensive survey program. We have discovered 18 Roman shipwrecks with cargo, including amphorae, and more than 10 anchors from different time periods.


In 2018 we will start a survey program in the deeper and unknown waters from the North coast of the island. We will dive up to 30 meters at some distance from the coast, assisted with a boat. We will be able to discover new shipwrecks of the Roman period or from the 16th to 19th Centuries.

The Sanisera Archaeology Institute offers an underwater archaeology course consisting of two main parts.

Part 1. Archaeological fieldwork in the roman city of Sanisera

There will be a minimum of 8 immersions focusing on underwater archaeological survey exploring a submerged valley where some remains of wrecks can be found through survey techniques, and always diving between 18 and 30 meters deep.

Time dedicated to this part of the program: 90%.

 

Part 2. Mediterranean Shipbuilding (Menorca, Spain)

This part of the course focuses on Mediterranean shipbuilding techniques, both on theoretical and practical levels. Students will put into practice their conservation skills with a ship from the 1920s.

Students will learn the basics of traditional Mediterranean shipbuilding, as well as which tools, instruments and methods are the most suitable to restore old vessels.


Time dedicated to this part of the program: 10%.

Students will also attend lectures on Roman shipwrecks, Roman amphoras and Mediterranean shipbuilding techniques.



 


Students of underwater archeology using survey techniques more than 18 meters deep

Students of underwater archeology using survey techniques more than 18 meters deep

Photography techniques used on underwater roman amphora

Photography techniques used on underwater roman amphora

Drawing and photographing an anchor

Drawing and photographing an anchor

Students of the Sanisera Field School identifying a roman amphora

Students of the Sanisera Field School identifying a roman amphora

Underwater archaeologists students

Underwater archaeologists students

 



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