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 028: Discover Amphora & Shipwrecks in the Underwater Port of Sanisera & Make an Archaeological Film (Menorca, Spain)

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Pompeii. Roman underwater harbour


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 and experience in underwater archaeology, producing a video documentary and film studies related to archaeology.

This program is divided in two main parts:

During the first part of the course students will gain experience in 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.

During the second part of the course, students will learn how to creating a documentary.

 

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

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 amphora, and more than 10 anchors from different time periods.

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.

The course will combine teaching of 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. Archaeological Video Documentary

The film program consists of two main parts. The first part consists of filming a video documentary so that a larger audience can learn about the underwater archaeological findings, the history of the site and the archaeological work carried out both on site and in the laboratory. During the second part of the course, participants learn about the process of creating a documentary: preparing the plot, shooting on site, selection of scenes, editing the video documentary and sound, as well as different elements regarding audiovisuals.

Course time dedicated: 50%.


 


A shipwreck discovered in the port of Sanitja

A shipwreck discovered in the port of Sanitja

Student with a Roman amphora in the port of Sanitja

Student with a Roman amphora in the port of Sanitja

 Making a video documentary of the underwater archaeological survey

Making a video documentary of the underwater archaeological survey



Recording an amphora in the port of Sanitja

Recording an amphora in the port of Sanitja


Making a video documentary of the Sanisera Underwater School of Archaeology

Making a video documentary of the Sanisera Underwater School of Archaeology

Students of the Sanisera Underwater School of Archaeology

Students of the Sanisera Underwater School of Archaeology

Students learning post-production video

Students learning post-production video

Learning to shoot a sequence

Learning to shoot a sequence

 



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