Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Study Abroad Opportunity: SPAIN Summer 2015

Discovering Ancient Mediterranean Spain: Excavation and Survey of the Iron Age site of Mestre Ramon

Program Dates: July 23, 2015 - August 21, 2015 (Summer B term)
Location: Son Servera, Mallorca, Spain
Credits: Students will earn 12 credits of ARCHY 270

Program Description:
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. Students will live in the town of Son Servera on the island of Mallorca and participate in fieldwork for four weeks. Several weeks will be dedicated to learning the ins and outs of archaeological excavation including stratigraphy, profile plan drawing, field photography, total station mapping, and recording. Remaining weeks will be dedicated to learning the techniques of archaeological survey (i.e., systematically walking through the countryside while collecting and recording traces of past human behavior using GPS equipment). Throughout the four weeks, students will learn basic procedures for cleaning, processing, labeling, and recording artifacts that they collected in the field.

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. Weekend day-trips will include visits to some of the spectacular archaeological sites and museums on the island.

Who can apply?
Ideal candidates would be undergraduate or graduate students interested in archaeology and ancient history: Anthropology (in particular those on the Archaeological Sciences track), Classics, History, Geography, or Spanish Languages and Literature. However, interested students from other fields are encouraged to apply as we value a multi-disciplinary team.

This program is designed for people who want to learn and practice archaeology including those without previous fieldwork experience. You will work under the close supervision of professional archaeologists that will teach you what you need to know.

Interested students should visit to learn more about the program and the ongoing research.

How to apply?
Students should apply through the UW Study Abroad website. Application deadline is February 6.

Send any questions or inquiries to We would be happy to meet with you to discuss the program.

UW Program Directors:
Dr. Marcos Llobera, Associate Professor, Anthropology
Jacob Deppen, PhD student, Anthropology