Interview with Fernando Contreras, director of Sanisera Archaeology Institute

How was the Sanisera Field School project born?

Students in the excavation of the Roman city of Sanisera with African amphora of the fourth century after Christ

Students in the excavation of the Roman city of Sanisera with African amphora of the fourth century after Christ

The Sanisera Archaeology Institute started in 1992. We offer courses focused on the survey and excavation of the Roman city of Sanisera, located in the north of Menorca (Balearic Islands, Spain). The project is organized by a nonprofit association.

Which is the main objective of the project?

The project has two objectives: archaeological research, with the intention to learn more about the past of the Roman city of Sanisera, as well as training students who want to dig and work in our laboratory, combining their studies to strengthen the curriculum.

In which areas is divided the research?

In the Roman city of Sanisera, which belongs to the 5th century after Christ. The necropolis, with tombs belonging to the same historical period. The wrecks that may be on the coast near the port of Sanitja, close to the excavations.

How many students have completed your academic program?

More than two thousand students. They are from USA, Canada, UK… and other countries around the world.

What are they working at this moment?

We are developing an international school in collaboration with other archaeological projects like ours around the world. We are expanding in the Mediterranean.

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