2018 Surveying Mediterranean Ports of Sanitja and Pompeii

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Program Description

Join the Sanisera Archaeology Institute for International Field Schools for a three part program. This course brings together students from across the globe and delves into Roman cities and underwater archaeology.

The first portion of this program will have participants exploring the Cape of Cavalleria and conducting underwater archaeological survey around the port of Sanitja in Spain. You will have the opportunity to explore shipwrecks and structural aspects of the ancient Roman city.

The second portion of the course covers shipbuilding techniques on the Mediterranean. This both a theoretical and practical course as students will have the opportunity to work on a ship built in the 1920s.

The third portion of the course will take students to the Baia Underwater Park and the submerged remains of Portus Iulius. This course component will take place in Naples Bay in Italy. This is an impressive underwater systems of remains that include a villa and even a bath complex. The Baia Underwater Archaeological Park is renowned and has made this a world famous site. Learn how to recognize Roman pottery, amphoras, sculptures, and mosaics. Use photography and recording techniques to help inventory the remains located in this area.


Learn about surveying and underwater archaeological techniques
Record data taken during survey expeditions
Learn to recognize historical and archaeological remains
Work in multiple underwater sites
Learn about dating based on the classification of objects found
Take courses on the history and background of the sites visited
Learn all about ship making techniques and sailing routes
Take courses on Roman culture, economy, and history

What`s Included

• Accommodation
• Course tuition
• Tanks, tank filling and weights
• Daily transportation to/from the research site
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner
• Accident insurance at the site
• Included excursion
• Open water diving certificate (PADI) for those in group # 1
• Flight to Menorca – Naples / Naples – Menorca (students can only take a cabin bag weighing up to 10 kg with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm)
• Accommodation in Hotel Arco Felice (Naples Bay)
• Archaeological immersions at Baia Underwater Park
• Transportation from the Hotel Arco Felice to the diving centre at Baia Underwater Park
• Certificate of participation


Archaeology, Art History, Classical Civilization, Classical Studies

Program Locations

Mercadal, Spain

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Sanisera Archaeology Institute
  • Spain: Mercadal
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