Fieldwork Opportunity: Archaeology Field School in Mallorca, Spain (University of Washington)


The program is a four-week field school from June 20-July 20 on the island of Mallorca, Spain. Students will join the ongoing Landscape, Encounters, and Identity Archaeology Project, a research collaboration between American and Spanish archaeologists. Students will learn various techniques of archaeological fieldwork (excavation and survey) and laboratory analysis.


Discovering Ancient Mediterranean Spain

University of Washington Archaeology Field School

Program Dates: June 20, 2016 – July 20, 2016 (UW Summer A term)
Location: Son Servera, Mallorca, Spain

Credits: Students will earn 12 credits of ARCHY 270 through UW; this typically transfers to about 8 credits for semester schools.

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 photogrammetric 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 early graduate students interested in archaeology and ancient history: Archaeology, Anthropology, 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. You can also hear student and director perspectives in this short video:

How to apply?

Students should apply through the UW Study Abroad website. Application deadline is January 29.


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

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

Landscape, Encounters, and Identity Archaeology Project

Department of Anthropology
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington, USA