A DAY IN THE SANISERA FIELD SCHOOL: ROMAN CITY DIG

Working shot of a room from one of the Roman buildings in the Sanisera Roman City Dig.

Working shot of a room from one of the Roman buildings in the Sanisera Roman City Dig.

In 2008 The Sanisera Field School started its courses at the Roman city of Sanisera. During all these years many students have come to Menorca (Balearic Islands, Spain) in order to dig up the Roman remains located at this classical site on the Northern coast of the island.

 

On a normal working day at the Field School, students wake up in the morning and have breakfast at the students’ residence before the staff members pick them up with the vans. Then we take a ride to the North of the island to get to the beautiful port of Sanitja, where the Roman city of Sanisera is located. Once there students devote 4 hours to fieldwork, where they learn proper excavation techniques to improve their skills, while they dig in different buildings in an area of the city very close to the sea.

 

Student digging up an roman coin in the Sanisera Roman City Field School

Student digging up an roman coin in the Sanisera Roman City Field School

During fieldwork students recover the materials located in the rooms and other contexts, including tons of Roman ceramics such as amphorae and fine wares, glass wares, faunal remains and metal pieces such as adornments, tools and coins.

After fieldwork we go to the Field School center, where students have a sandwich break to get some energy back! Our center holds the laboratories, where students work with the Roman pottery found on site. The main aim is to wash, label, classify and prepare the materials’ inventories. Also students are given lectures on Roman pottery typologies (both for amphorae and fine wares), History of the site, archaeological practice and methodology and Classical History in the Western Mediterranean.

 

Digging at the Roman city of Sanisera is a first-hand experience to get an insight on the Classical world in a Mediterranean island.

Students in the Roman City of Sanisera Field School

Students in the Roman City of Sanisera Field School

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