This program is intended to introduce students to landscape archaeological field techniques and the (pre)history of the Balearic Islands. As it is an introduction, students are not expected to have experience in these areas. Some coursework in related fields is a plus (in particular any introductory course to archaeology), but all of the required training and instruction will be provided within the bounds of the program. Likewise, students are not required to know Spanish (or Catalan) to participate. All group leaders are bi- or multi-lingual. Nevertheless, the program will offer plenty of opportunities for those students who are willing to practice another language.
TBD - Please contact program directors for more information
This is an on-going (6th yr) Landscape Archaeology Field project aimed at understanding the landscape history in a small Mediterranean community.
This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.
Spain's Mediterranean islands of Mallorca, Menorca, and Ibiza, collectively referred to as the Balearic Islands, have been a pivotal node in the history of the region. Spanning the last six thousand years, from the Chalcolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, and the Historic period (including Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Moors, etc), groups from around the Mediterranean have come and gone from the Balearics, interacting with local people and leaving important traces of their presence, both culturally and materially. This program offers students the opportunity to participate in the recovery of these traces through the science and practice of landscape archaeology. In this program, students will join a team of American and Spanish archaeologists in order to engage with various landscape archaeological fieldwork techniques (mapping, 3D modeling) and other experiential ones such as sketching, photography/video, field note taking as part of the ongoing Landscape, Encounters, and Identity Archaeology Project . Students will live in the town of Son Servera on the island of Mallorca and participate in nearby archaeological fieldwork for four weeks. During these weeks, students will learn how to the ins and outs of plan drawing, total station and DGPS mapping, field photography. They also will also experience with other forms of field description and investigation such as landscape sketching, peripatetic photography and video, and field note taking. This season, particular emphasis will be placed on recording and describing experiential aspects of past landscapes that may be recovered through the archaeological record. We are interested in understanding how people in the past engaged with their everyday landscape, what were their movement patterns, why were monuments constructed at certain locations and what was their role and effect on people. Outside of these unique field experiences, students will be immersed in the local Mallorcan culture and will learn about the history of the Balearic Islands. Through a series of day-trips, students will also visit to other archaeological sites and museums on the island.
Each location has rooms with bunk beds for two or three students, with any extra rooms used for project guests and lab space. The convent has a kitchen with a gas stove and large group dining area as well as a courtyard area that can be used as a common social space. Both locations have multiple hot showers and laundry facilities. The housing was selected primarily because it is donated free by the local government, which helps keep the program cost down. In addition to the simple cost equation, it is located conveniently in town and near to grocery stores and other businesses, but away from the tourist-dominated coastal area. It is a short 10 minute drive to the excavation site. It has also been used by this program and archaeologists in previous years and served them well. It can also be noted that these accommodations and their location are on the "luxurious" side of things when it comes to archaeological field projects. We will eat almost all meals as a group. All meals during the week will be provided to the program free of charge by local hotels and restaurants. Students may be responsible for a small number of meals on the weekends during day-trips .
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
This program is intended to introduce students to landscape archaeological field techniques and the (pre)history of the Balearic Islands. As it is an introduction, students are not expected to have experience in these areas. Some coursework in related fields is a plus (in particular any introductory course to archaeology), but all of the required training and instruction will be provided within the bounds of the program. Likewise, students are not required to know Spanish (or Catalan) to participate. All group leaders are bi- or multi-lingual. Nevertheless, the program will offer plenty of opportunities for those students who are willing to practice another language. Students will stay in an urban area, but the nature of landscape archaeological fieldwork requires students who are willing and able to do physical work in outdoor conditions and under direct sunlight. Average temperatures for June-August are often in the high 90s ¬∞F with constant sun and high humidity. We will typically work 5 days a week, with some fieldwork activities starting as early at 7:00 am and running until 1:30pm. After lunch and a break, students will devote time to completing their porfolios and field diaries both in the lab and outside as well as engaging in further training until the late afternoon. Students should be very comfortable being dirty and sweaty and staying outdoors for several hours. Students who are particularly sensitive to the sun, heat, or dirt and/or students who are uncomfortable with physical, outdoor fieldwork will not enjoy this program.
12 UW Quarter Credits
Archy 270: Field Course in Archaeology (12 credits) I&S/NW
Students will participate in a landscape archaeology investigation for four weeks. During this course, they will experiment with a variety of landscape archaeological methods and approaches aimed at recording, describing and making sense of experiential aspects of past landscapes as recovered through their archaeological record. They will learn how to plan and conduct the mapping of archaeological monuments using a combination of DGPS and total station. as well as to construct 3D georeference digital models. They will also have engage with other forms of landscape investigation through the use of sketching, photography and field diary annotations. Through this course we will investigate in what way the topography, the actual setting of monuments on the landscape and movement routes across the landscape shaped people's experiences in the past. Students will be evaluated based on the overall participation in the project, their performance at various field and laboratory tasks, the completion of a field portfolio and a field diary.
Learning goals include:
Assessed through observation by program directors in the field and lab. In additions, students will be asked to demonstrate what they have learned by through the creation of a field portfolio and a field diary
Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - TBD)
Food (about TBD)
UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
Other health expenses/immunizations
Personal spending money
Payment Due Date: July 12, 2019
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