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Location Mallorca, Spain
Academic Term Summer A-Term
June 26- July 28, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $4,600
Credits 12 UW credits
Prerequisites None
Program Directors Marcos Llobera; Jacob Deppen
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2018
Information Sessions TBD. Contact Program Director for more information.
General This is an on-going (5th yr) Landscape Archaeology Field project aimed at understanding the landscape history in a small Mediterranean community.
Visas 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.
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Program Description

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 archaeology.

In this program, students will join a team of American and Spanish archaeologists in order to learn various techniques of archaeological fieldwork (excavation and surveying) and laboratory analysis 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 the ins and outs of archaeological excavation including stratigraphy, profile plan drawing, field photography, total station mapping, and recording, archaeological surveying (i.e., systematically walking through the countryside while collecting and recording traces of past human behavior using GPS equipment). Students will also learn basic laboratory procedures for cleaning, processing, labeling, and recording artifacts that they collected in the field.

Particular emphasis will be placed on connecting the field methods and techniques to the process of actually learning about the past. In other words, why do archaeologists do things this way and how does that help us understand past human societies?

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.

Students will live and work alongside a group of Spanish students, giving them a chance to interact with peers who have a different perspective and different traditions when it comes to archaeology. Students in past years have reported that this is one of their favorite elements of the field school.



Mallorca, Spain


The LEIA Project research team is split across two government-owned dormitory-style residences: the former convent (Ca ses Monges) and the music school (Escola de Música). These buildings are two minutes apart on foot. UW students will all stay in the same location.

Both locations have been used by the project for the past few years. 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 by local authorities or business free of charge. 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 archaeological field techniques, archaeological analysis, and the (pre)history of the Balearic Islands. As it is an introduction, students are not expected to have experience in these areas. However, some coursework in related fields will be beneficial (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.


12 UW Credits


ARCHY272: Field Course in Archaeology (12 Credits)

Students will participate in archaeological fieldwork for four weeks. During this course, students will learn various archaeological excavation techniques, including stratigraphy, profile plan drawing, field photography, total station mapping, and recording. They will also learn the techniques of archaeological survey (i.e., systematically walking through the countryside while collecting and recording traces of past human behavior using GPS equipment). In addition, students will learn basic procedures for cleaning, identifying, labeling, and recording artifacts collected in the field. Students will be evaluated based on the overall participation in the project, their performance at various field and laboratory tasks and the completion of a field diary.



Marcos Llobera, Anthropology, Associate Professor

Marcos is one of the co-directors of the project and an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington. He earned his doctorate at the University of Oxford and worked in several UK institutions (Oxford, UCL, Southampton) before coming to the UW in 2005. His main area of specialization is landscape archaeology. Within this field he is particularly interested in the integration of theory and archaeological practices, the development of new field survey methods and the use of digital technology. He has participated in various archaeological projects in the Mediterranean. He has directed the Discovering Ancient Mediterranean Spain program since 2014.

Jacob Deppen, Anthropology, Graduate Student

Jacob is a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of Washington. He received his BA in Anthropology from The Ohio State University in 2008 and his MA from UW in 2010. Jacob has participated in a variety of field projects in places such as southwest Ohio, eastern Hungary, Puget Sound, and, since 2014, Mallorca. His dissertation research is related to some of the major goals of the research project in Mallorca. His work seeks to better understand how increased interaction between Mallorcan and Punic peoples may have led to changes in local Mallorcan society during the Late Iron Age.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,600

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,800-$2,000)
  • Food (about $10/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: July 6, 2018

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.