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 013: Discover Amphora & Shipwrecks in the Underwater Port of Sanitja

General Information

The Sanisera Archaeology Institute for International Field Schools offers annual programs in archaeology. This course is designed for students from around the world interested in studying abroad, gaining knowledge in Roman cities, classical archaeology and underwater archaeology.

Over the past eight years, The Underwater School in Archaeology has researched the ancient port of Sanitja via an intensive survey program. We have discovered 18 Roman shipwrecks with cargo, including amphoras, and more than 10 anchors from different time periods.

The Sanisera Archaeology Institute offers an underwater archaeology course consisting of two main parts.

 

 

Part 1. Explore the Ancient Roman Port of Sanitja (Menorca, Spain)


There will be a minimum of 14 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 amphoras 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.

Course time dedicated: 90%.

 

Part 2. Mediterranean Shipbuilding (Menorca, Spain)

This component of the course focuses on Mediterranean shipbuilding techniques, both on theoretical and practical levels. Students will put into practice their conservation skills with a ship from the 1920s.

Students will learn the basics of traditional Mediterranean shipbuilding, as well as which tools, instruments and methods are the most suitable to restore old vessels.

Course time dedicated: 10%.

Students will also attend lectures on Roman shipwrecks, Roman amphoras and Mediterranean shipbuilding techniques.

 



Students preparing for a dive in the port of Sanitja

Students preparing for a dive in the port of Sanitja

Drawing a Roman amphora

Drawing a Roman amphora

Documenting  a shipwreck in the port of Sanitja

Documenting a shipwreck in the port of Sanitja

 Student of the underwater school documenting an anchor

Student of the underwater school documenting an anchor

 Student drawing the remains of a shipwreck

Student drawing the remains of a shipwreck

Roman amphora, part of the cargo from a shipwreck in the port of Sanitja

Roman amphora, part of the cargo from a shipwreck in the port of Sanitja

 Registering archaeological remains from the port of Sanitja

Registering archaeological remains from the port of Sanitja

Students learning how to restore a Menorcan boat

Students learning how to restore a Menorcan boat

 



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