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 003: Dig in the Roman City of Sanisera (Spain) & Explore Archaeology in Rome and Pompeii (Italy)

General Information

Photo of RomeThis program, which has been scheduled by the Sanisera Field School, 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, which is located in the Mediterranean island of Menorca. During the second part students will discover the most significant remains from Ancient Rome through an archaeological tour around Rome, which will be leaded by an expert on Roman art.

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

Fieldwork will focus on the excavation of a urban area where a monastery has been found. The monastery, which dates from the 5th and 6th centuries AD, includes an Early Christian basilica. The Harris system will be followed in order to systematically dig all the sequence the site has.

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

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

Part 2. Exploring Rome & Pompeii (Italy)

For the second part of the course, the Field Program has scheduled an archaeological tour around the city of Rome, where students will visit the most important classical remains. This tour will have a duration of five days and explanations will be in English.

At its peak Rome was a densely populated city surrounded by ancient fortifications, which extended up to a radius of 3 square kilometers. It had 11 public baths and over 1000 pools and fountains that fed through 19 aqueducts. It also had two circuses and two amphitheaters, triumphal arches and 36 thousand statues. There were nearly two million palaces.

In the heart of the city there was the forum, where merchants gathered, as well as senators and priests who celebrated their rituals and sacrifices according to the requirements of Roman religion.

Very near the Forum there was the Colosseum, which was a magnificent theater built in just 10 years and dedicated to the entertainment of the great mass of the population. It could accommodate 50,000 spectators who could watch fights among gladiators.

Another unique building in Rome is undoubtedly the Pantheon. Built between 118 and 125 A.D., it was a temple dedicated to all gods. It is the most remarkable monument of the whole Roman Empire which has survived in its original form. All decorative elements, mosaic tiles and interior columns remain the same, and its vaulted dome was the largest ever built until the twentieth century.

The art collection which is on display in the halls of the Vatican and the Capitoline Museums are the essential complement to admire the Roman classical world. Also, a visit to Pompeii will be carried out.

This tour will have a duration of five days and explanations will be in English.

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



Roman lamp from the Sanisera archaeological dig

Roman lamp from the Sanisera archaeological dig

Fieldwork in Sanisera for volunteers

Fieldwork in Sanisera for volunteers

Great bronce statue from Pompeii

Great bronce statue from Pompeii

Roman statue of Arcaheological Museum in Naples

Roman statue of Archaeological Museum in Naples

Pantheon in Rome

Pantheon in Rome





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