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 049: Underwater excavation of a shipwreck. Bougianen Project (Menorca, Spain)

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Both the site privileged with temperate waters and shallow shipwerck, schooner of the 19th century structure, is ideal to design a course of underwater archaeology that combine the formation of the participant at the academic level with activity to develop a project that applies an efficient methodology to achieve scientific results.

If your intention is to immerse yourself in the underwater archaeology or you have prospected a underwater territory or experience you have in diving, but you have never dug a shipwerck, we recommend this course.

For all those who have or not excavated in a terrestrial site, either do not have any kind of experience in diving or not have diving (for example Open Water Padi) licences, may also participate. Simply must obtain the license of scuba diving with our Diving Center collaborator and then may be incorporated into planning and scheduled calendar of excavation of the shipwreck.

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 very clear in Menorca, with an astonishing visibility, often up to 18 to 20 meters. 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 course runs six hours per day.  The day will be divided between diving in the Cala Viola, lab work, exercises, lectures and videos.

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.

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.


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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