This 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 is located in the Mediterranean island of Menorca. During the second part, students will discover the most significant remains from Ancient Greece through an archaeological tour around ancient Athens, which will be leaded by an expert on Greek 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 the Acropolis of Athens (Greece)
For the second part of the course, the Field Program has scheduled an archaeologicaltour around the city of Athens, where students will visit the most important classical remains. This tour will have a duration of five days and explanations will be in English.
Athens is the cradle of our civilization. In Classical times Athens became Greece's artistic center under Pericles' reign. His architects designed spectacular buildings in the Acropolis and his sculptors, painters and potters had no equal.
One of the basic elements to be found in Greek cities was the Acropolis. The Acropolis of Athens was similar to a fortified sanctuary on top of a hill. On its highest point, the Northwestern side of the Parthenon was located at 90 m above the city's plateau. The monumental gate of the Acropolis was the Propylaea, which was built at the Western end of the complex. To the right of the other end of The Acropolis there is the Parthenon, which was dedicated to Athena. Other significant building was the Erechtheion, which was dedicated to all the gods, goddesses and heroes that were worshiped in The Acropolis. On its southern side there is a portico sustained by the caryatids – women-shaped columns.
In the center of modern-day Athens there are many other archaeological remains which will be visited by students – Dyonysos theater, the Pillars of Olympian Zeus, the Athenian Agora, the Keramiekos Cemetery- and, of course, a must-to-do visit to The Acropolis Museum.
This tour will have a duration of five days and explanations will be in English.
Time dedicated to this part of the program: 30%.
The Sanisera dig site Students digging in The Sanisera Roman City Classifying roman pottery in the archaeological dig of Sanisera Student discovered a roman coin in Sanisera The Parthenon of Athens Portico sustained by the Caryatids
The Sanisera dig site
Students digging in The Sanisera Roman City
Classifying roman pottery in the archaeological dig of Sanisera
Student discovered a roman coin in Sanisera
The Parthenon of Athens
Portico sustained by the Caryatids
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