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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Spain -Menorca- Advanced Osteological Analysis in Necropolis of Sanisera 2017

Europe - Spain -Menorca- Advanced Osteological Analysis in Necropolis of Sanisera 2017

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2017-05-01
End Date 2017-10-31

Multiple Sessions Yes
Multiple Session information Session #1
2017 | April 12 – April 29
Session #2
2017 | May 01 – May 18 
Session #3
2017 | May 21 – June 07
Session #4
2017 | June 10 – Juny 27
Session #5
2017 | June 30 – July 17
Session #6
2017 | July 20 – August 06
Session #7
2017 | August 09 – August 26
Session #8
2017 | August 29 – September 15
Session #9
2017 | September 18 – October 05 
Session #10
2017 | October 08  – October 25 

Archaeology Field School Location
Ciutadella de Menorca, Balearic Islands (Spain)

Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Archaeology Field School Description

1.General Information The Sanisera Archaeology Institute for International Field Schools offers an annual archaeology dig on the island of Menorca, off the coast of Spain. Since then it has organized courses for students who come from all over the world to study abroad and who are interested in anthropology and osteology. The fieldwork focuses on the in-depth analysis of human skeletal remains excavated from the Roman necropolis at Sanisera. The aim is to use advanced osteological techniques to understand the lifestyle of the people who lived at this site. This course provides a unique opportunity to contribute to research on the individuals buried at the Roman necropolis at Sanisera. So far, more than 250 individuals from more than 50 tombs have been excavated, presenting a large amount of material from which we can understand the lifestyles of people in late antiquity. Participants will learn the techniques of analyzing and recording information from human skeletal remains in an archaeological context. In this lab based course, both lecture and experiential learning will be used to enable students to gain confidence in the identification and analysis of various skeletal conditions. We will cover skills in basic demographics such as the techniques to determine age and sex of a skeleton, but will also progress to more advanced methodologies in osteological analysis. Students will learn skills such as: correctly measuring and recording skeletal elements according to set international standards , distinguishing between pathological and non pathological bone and assessing patterns in pathological lesions, identifying marks on the skeleton that indicate how muscles were used during the person’s life (including determining left or right handedness), and assessing nutritional status from bones and teeth. Additionally, participants will learn how to bring these different sources of information together to re-create the biological life history of the individuals buried at this site. 2. Directed at As the name implies, this course is designed for participants that have previously studied biological anthropology. This Sanisera Field School course does not include excavation, but centers exclusively on the study and teaching of osteology using the remains excavated from the Roman necropolis. Participants will learn to draw conclusions and reconstruct aspects of the population’s demographics such as pathologies, illnesses, etc. Because this course is specifically centered on biological anthropological concepts, this course is limited to four participants in order to best assimilate and apply anthropological concepts. We recommend that if you are interested in participating in this course that you previously participate in at least one of the following courses: 08 and 10. 3. Field School life & language The fieldwork runs 7 hours a day with time dedicated to the study of human osteology by the analysis of the skeletal remains. For every seven course days there are two days off. Participants will visit other archaeological sites on the island through organized excursions. The course is taught in English. 4. Certificates At the end of the Field Program, students will receive a certificate of participation stating the hours and activities of the course. Participants that perform exceedingly well in the course may receive a letter of recommendation from our organization upon request. 5. Course fee includes • Course tuition • Accommodation in the Student Residency in Ciutadella. Two to six per room. • Walking distance to the historic center, port and beaches • Breakfast, lunch and dinner. • Accident insurance at the site. • Daily transportation to/from the archaeological museum. • Excursions. • Certificate of participation Airfare not included from the student home to/from Menorca (Spain). 6. Spaces avalaible The course is limited to 4 participants per session. Reservations are only effective when payment of the registration fee is received. If for any reason the course is cancelled, payment is returned according to the field school refund policy.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn
1. In the Fieldwork • Funerary practices at the Sanisera site • Taphonomic factors affecting survival of skeletal material 2. In the Laboratory • Complete osteological analysis of an individual funerary unit • Assessment of disarticulated remains and computation of minimum number of individuals • Application of standard techniques of bone measurement, age estimation, sex estimation, classification of dental pathology and tooth wear • Identification of fragmentary bones • Utilization of anatomical terminology to describe and discuss skeletal elements • Recording osteological information on complex forms • Recognition of non-metric traits and pathological bone 3. Theory • Development and application of osteological methods • Assessment of cremated remains • Chemical analyses of human bone – isotopes and DNA • Identifying trauma in archaeological bone • Challenges in paleodemography and paleoepidemiology • Estimating ancestry of human skeletal remains
On rain days will there be lab work?

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