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 004: Dig in the Roman City of Sanisera (Spain) & Explore the Acropolis of Athens (Greece)

General Information

Mapping toolThis program, which has been scheduled by the Sanisera Archaeology Institute for International Field Schools, 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 & Museums.


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

The research is focused on the archaeological excavation of Sanisera and it studies what happened in this Roman port connected to the maritime traffic that sailed the Mediterranean during those times. As a result, we know that this is a very interesting archaeological site, with abundant findings of multiple artifacts that will help us to reconstruct its past.


The excavation at the Roman city of Sanisera provides all the archaeological documentation necessary for the student to acquire enough training and experience in all aspects involving an excavation of the Roman civilization from the II century B.C. to the VI A.D.


In the laboratory students will learn to classify all the artifacts found on the site, including Roman pottery, numismatics and faunal remains.
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Time dedicated to this part of the program: 70%.


Part 2. Exploring the Art of the Acropolis of Athens (Greece)

For the second part of the course, the Field Program has scheduled an archaeological tour 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%.



 

Students digging in The Sanisera Roman City

Students digging in The Sanisera Roman City

Classifying roman pottery in the archaeological dig of Sanisera

Classifying roman pottery in the archaeological dig of Sanisera

Student discovered a roman coin in Sanisera

Student discovered a roman coin in Sanisera

The Parthenon of Athens

The Parthenon of Athens

Portico sustained by the Caryatids

Portico sustained by the Caryatids

 



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