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 048: Extended Underwater Archaeology Program (Menorca, Balearic Island, Spain)

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This course offered by the Sanisera Archaeology Institute is designed to teach with precision this field of research. If you are interested in learning underwater survey techniques and methodology and apply them in a Roman port where you will find amphorae, anchors and the remains of shipwrecks, then this is a good option for you.


After more than 10 years of survey, our research team has new objectives, focused in a survey that will be held underwater, more than 18 meters deep. Located in the north coast of Menorca and nearby the Roman city of Sanisera, we consider essential to dive up to 30 meters, since there are many possibilities to discover, including more shipwrecks of Roman times or the past centuries.

During this course, you will learn how to identify archaeological remains on the seabed. In the laboratory, you will learn how to classify archaeological material found and how to determine dates and methods used to determine the location and elements of the cargos from shipwrecks. Students will also gain experience in the handle of 3D images from sunken objects.

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.

The water is calm and mild in temperature and currant, allowing for excellent diving conditions in a natural and pristine Mediterranean atmosphere.


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

Field School life & language

The fieldwork runs 6 hours per day. The day will be divided between learning mapping techniques, lab work, exercises, lectures, videos and excursions. For every seven course days there are two days off.

 

The course is taught in English and Spanish.

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. In this case, you will need a certificate that allows you to dive up to 30 meters, Advanced Open Water Diver PADI.

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.

If you don’t have any previous diving experience and you want to participate in this program, we give you the opportunity of getting both certificates for only $300!! (instead of $225 each)


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