This program, which has been scheduled by The Sanisera Archaeology Institute for International Field Schools, is divided in two main parts. In the first part of the course students will gain experience in archaeological fieldwork by excavating in the Ancient Roman city of Sanisera, located in the Mediterranean island of Menorca. During the second part, students will visit Berlin to discover the archaeology and ancient art in The Pergamon and Neues Museums (which holds the famous Nefertiti bust), two of the most popular attractions in Europe.
The Pergamon and Neues Museums own an impressive collection of objects coming from Egypt, the Near East, Greece, and Rome. Among the main pieces we will see the bust of Nefertiti, Pergamon Altar, the Papyrus Collection, the Market Gate of Miletus or the Ishtar Gate of Babylon.
These museums house a wide variety of pieces that will allow the students to understand the art and archaeology history in depth as we will cover important the most important civilizations in the history.
These museums are visited by approximately 2.135.000 people every year, making them the most visited art museums in Europe and two of the largest in Germany.
Part 1. The archaeological fieldwork in Sanisera (Menorca, Spain)
The research is focused on the archaeological excavation of Sanisera and it studies what happened in this Roman port connected to the maritime traffic that sailed the Mediterranean during those times. As a result, we know that this is a very interesting archaeological site, with abundant findings of multiple artifacts that will help us to reconstruct its past.
The excavation at the Roman city of Sanisera provides all the archaeological documentation necessary for the student to acquire enough training and experience in all aspects involving an excavation of the Roman civilization from the II century B.C. to the VI A.D.
In the laboratory students will learn to classify all the artifacts found on the site, including Roman pottery, numismatics and faunal remains.
Time dedicated to this part of the program: 70%.
Part 2. Discover the city of Berlin, the Pergamon Museum (Germany) and the Neues Museum
For the second part of the course, the Field Program has scheduled an archaeological tour around Berlin. This tour will have five days and explanations will be in English. During our course we will visit three museums:
Renowned archaeological treasures, such as the bust of Nefertiti will be visited in the Neues Museum along with the Egyptian Museum’s entire collection of Armana Art and papyrus collection, which are combined with world-famous exhibits from the Museum of Pre-history and Early History, such as the Le Moustier Neanderthal skull and Heinrich Schliemann’s collection of antiquities from Troy, to form a unique panorama of the early history of mankind.
The Pergamon Museum’s monumental highlights are truly breathtaking too behold. In the Collection of Classical Antiquities, the 2nd century BC Pergamon Altar, considered a Hellenistic masterpiece, has a frieze depicting a battle between the Gods and the Giants; also the Market Gate of Miletus shows an important example of Roman architecture.
The Museum of the Ancient Near East, which ranks among the world’s best collections of treasures from this region, is dominated by the imposing bright blue glazed-brick Ishtar Gate of Babylon from 6th century BC. Also notable in this collection is the façade of the throne hall of King Nebuchadnezzar, a reconstructed Neo-Assyrian palace from the 12th century BC, and artifacts from the earliest history of the written word.
Two of the five days of the stay in Berlin will be dedicated to discover the collections of ancient civilizations including antiques from Babylon, Uruk, Assur, Miletus, Prienne and Egypt, Rome, Etruscan and Europe archaeology.
Time dedicated to this part of the program: 30%