Advanced Osteological Analysis in the Roman Necropolis of Sanisera (Menorca – Balearic Islands – Spain)
Advanced Osteological Analysis in the Roman Necropolis of Sanisera (Menorca – Balearic Islands – Spain)
Adult skull showing retencion of the metopic suture (The Sanisera Necropolis, Menorca, Spain)Degenerative joint disease of the lumbar vertebral bodies (The Sanisera Necropolis, Menorca, Spain)
Students classifying human bones (Menorca, Spain)Students analyzing human teeth (The Sanisera Necropolis, Menorca, Spain)

Location: Ciutadella, Menorca, Balearic Island, Spain

Season Dates: May 12, 2014 - August 5, 2014
Session Dates: 1) May 12-31; 2) June 3-22; 3) June 25 - July 14; 4) July 17 - August 5
Application Deadline:

Website: http://www.ecomuseodecavalleria.com

Program Type
Field school

Affiliation: The Sanisera Field School: International Archaeology Courses

Project Director: Colleen Cummings, Carmen Olivares and Fernando Contreras

Project Description

Our commitment is to promote Archaeology in its different aspects of research, training, and conservation, with a basic and clear purpose: to involve anyone from around the world who wishes to gain access to this scientific field. Sanisera is an international archaeological organization whose main aim is that of promoting and developing research , so that our current and future generations can be enriched by culture and education in this field. http://www.ecomuseodecavalleria.com/the-sanisera-field-school-video.asp

Why participate?
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General Information
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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.

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 course: 08, 10, 16, 17 and/or 19 (visit www.ecomuseodecavalleria.com)

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.

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.

Sessions & Cost (For 2014: 4 sessions, 20 days each)

  • Session #1 May 12th - May 31st $2,600
  • Session #2 June 3rd - June 22th $2,600
  • Session #3 June 25th - July 14th $2,600
  • Session #4 July 17th - August 5th $2,600

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.

Period(s) of Occupation: Roman (Classical Archaeology)

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 20 days

Minimum Age: 18

Room and Board Arrangements

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.
  • Morning snack at the Sanisera site.
  • 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).

Cost: $2,600 (session)

Academic Credit
Number of credits offered: none

Contact Information
Cesar Gonzalez
Apdo
Es Mercadal, Menorca - Spain 07740
Spain
sanisera@arrakis.es
Phone: (34) 666 68 65 50

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Research - http://www.ecomuseodecavalleria.com/en/investigacion_campo.asp

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