Menorca Field School in Archaeology & Heritage Management (Summer)

Boston University’s Summer Menorca Field School in Archaeology & Heritage Management will learn the essentials of archaeological fieldwork and heritage management by participating in excavations on the culturally and naturally rich island of Menorca, Spain. Students will work at two sites: the Iron Age site of the Talayotic culture at Torre d’en Galmés and Illa del Rei, an island in Mahón Harbor that is the site of an 18th-century British naval hospital. The six-week program will include hands-on training in archaeological survey, excavation, recording, laboratory analysis, artifact processing, and geoarchaeological sampling. Fieldwork and laboratory work will be supplemented by a program of lectures, workshops, and study tours that will explore the diverse archaeology and heritage of Menorca. The heritage management component of the field school include topics relating to site interpretation, site management, cultural legislation, heritage presentation, public outreach, and museums.

Torre d’en Galmés is a large Talayotic site with numerous megalithic structures. The BU archaeological project has been focusing on the use of domestic space from the late Iron Age (including the period of Roman control) through the Middle Ages, when parts of the site were reoccupied. The British naval hospital complex on Illa del Rei was built in the 18th century to support seamen of the British fleet. The archaeological project involves systematic survey of the island followed by archaeological testing in an effort to understand the nature, extent, and evolution of military usage of the island from the 18th- 20th centuries.

Menorca, the easternmost of Spain’s four Balearic Islands, is located midway between Spain, Sardinia, France, and North Africa. The field school will be based in the beautiful port city of Mahón, now the modern capital of Menorca.

Program Curriculum

Boston University works in collaboration with the Universitat de les Illes Balears in Menorca.

Required Courses

Students enroll in both of these courses:

CAS AR 503: Archaeological Field Methods (4 credits)

Through hands-on experience and formal lectures, students learn the fundamentals of field excavation and recording, as well as the identification and analysis of Talayotic, Roman, and Medieval period artifacts. Students’ approach to field work will be very interdisciplinary, including both traditional field work methods and more contemporary, scientific methods such as waterseeving, sampling, charcoal recovery, and the study of phytoliths. Pérez-Juez, Goldberg.

CAS AR 580: Studies in Archaeological Heritage Management: Cultural Heritage of Menorca (4)

Introduction to heritage management in the context of an archaeological field school in Menorca, Spain. Students will explore themes in heritage management through daily excavation and visits to numerous archaeological, historical, and natural sites throughout the culturally rich island of Menorca. Topics include: values and significance of cultural sites and objects; identification and analysis of stakeholder communities; principles and practice of heritage management; local, national, and international contexts, laws, and regulations; the World Heritage Convention and biosphere reserves; conservation, site management, and cultural tourism; looting and protection of archaeological resources; museums as venues for heritage curation, interpretation, and education. Students will engage in hands-on heritage activities and projects. Elia.

Program Details

  • Open to both graduate and undergraduate students
  • No previous fieldwork experience is required
  • No Spanish language skills are required
  • Students admitted to the program must be able to engage in fieldwork in hot temperatures for significant periods of time
  • Admissions requirements for all programs
Program Dates
  • Summer Term: Early June to mid-July
  • Upon successful completion of the program, students earn eight Boston University credits. Students must enroll for a total of eight credits.
  • Students and staff will stay at an attractive and comfortable hotel located in Mahón, close to the island’s spectacular beaches. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the hotel.
Application Deadlines
  • Summer Term: March 1 

Download a description of the Menorca Field School in Archaeology & Heritage Managment.

Program Faculty & Staff

The Boston University Menorca Programs are administered by staff in both our Boston and Menorca offices. In Boston, a program manager facilitates the admissions and pre-departure procedures, and maintains contact with students prior to their arrival in Menorca. The Boston Office also houses administrative personnel who are responsible for everyday operations. In Menorca, the staff comprises resident directors and administrative, academic, and housing personnel.