This study abroad program is open to any individual interested in learning, or enhancing their knowledge about maritime archaeology and mapping tools for archaeologists and archaeological recording system with GIS. Previous knowledge or experience in archaeology or underwater archaeology is not required.
The Sanisera Field School offers annual programs in archaeology. This course is designed for students from around the world interested in studying abroad, gaining knowledge in underwater archaeology and mapping tools applied to an archaeological recording system with GIS (Geographic Information System).
This program is divided in two main parts:
During the first part of the course, students will gain experience in underwater archaeology focused on exploring the Ancient Roman Port of Sanitja and the coast of the Cape of Cavalleria. The aim of this project is to identify structures of the Roman city of Sanisera and underwater shipwrecks, as well as anchors and amphora related to those shipwrecks and their cargo.
During the second part of the course, students will learn how to create a GIS platform applied to underwater archaeology.
Part 1. Exploring the Ancient Roman Port of Sanitja (Menorca, Spain)
There will be a minimum of 7 immersions focusing on underwater archaeological survey exploring the Ancient Port of Sanitja and the coast of the Cape of Cavalleria. The aim of this project is to identify structures of the Roman city of Sanisera and underwater shipwrecks, as well as the associated cargo including amphora and anchors.
The port of Sanitja was not only occupied by Romans. There are also ruins of a Muslim mosque and an English defense tower which lead us to believe that we could find other vessels from these time periods. During the last years of survey, several anchors and three shipwrecks from the XVI-XIX centuries were discovered.
This course includes classes on methodology as well as techniques and tools used in underwater archaeological survey. Students will also attend lectures on Roman shipwrecks, Roman amphora and Mediterranean shipbuilding techniques.
Course time dedicated: 50%.
Part 2. Creating an archaeological GIS platform
Students will create an archaeological GIS platform from the applied recording system of the underwater remains of Sanisera in the port of Sanitja, gaining experience in ARCGIS software.
Time dedicated to this part of the program: 50%.
Students in a Shipwreck of Sanitja
Student with a Roman Amphorae in Sanitja Port
Students drawing a map of the Sanitja Shipwreck
Students in a practice applying GIS in underwater archaeology
Thematic map. Underwater archaeology in Sanisera
Digital elevation model of Sanisera
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