Location: Gibellina, Sicily, Italy, Italy
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The Sanisera Field School offers an archeology dig on Gibellina, a place located in the central part of the island of Sicily, in a Mediterranean landscape surrounded by traditional farming fields and vineyards with a long archaeological past. This course is for students who come from all over the world to study abroad and who are interested in anthropology.
The 8th and 7th centuries B.C. was a period of great change in the history of Greece, following the impetus that got the economy developed in their cities. Advances and progress employed in agriculture increased trade and navigation, and ultimately the beginning of a migration of the population that ended up founding new cities by the west of the Mediterranean, coasts of Sicily and Italy.
Soil fertility of Sicily was reason enough for the Greeks to choose it as a destination of its inhabitants, using its agricultural resources. According to classical authors such as Thucydides and Diodorus Siculus, a city was founded around the year 759 B.C. in Gibellina.
Nearby, it was discovered a Greek necropolis dating from the V century BC. During the summer of 2013 the first four graves in the cemetery have been dug. Two of the tombs were very interesting because the skeletons were accompanied by complete pottery vessels in perfect conditions. The team of anthropologists conducting the investigation of this necropolis intends to excavate for years the site in order to get more information related to the biological anthropology of the Greek population that colonized Sicily during this ancient time.
The fieldwork focuses on funerary structures, specifically inhumation graves. Students will also participate in lectures on skeletal anatomy and pathologies, classes, exercises and excursions related to the course material.
This is the only course that The Sanisera Field School offers on the Italian island of Sicily and is the oldest necropolis from the classical period (V century BC) that we excavate. The difference between the Greek tombs that we will excavate during this program and the tombs that we excavate in Menorca, Spain (Courses 08, 09, 010, 016 -www.ecomuseodecavalleria.com-) is that in Gibellina we will find skeletons associated with their belongings or related to their funerary rituals. Therefore, not only will you be working with human remains but there is also the possibility that you will find complete artifacts like vases or bowls from that time period.
If you are interested in the Greek classical period and would like to learn biological anthropology, than this course is a good choice for you. .
The experience gained on completion of this program will help you decide if biological anthropology is the area of research in which to center your studies and if you are interested in making anthropology your professional future.
Sicily is an island rich in archaeology, populated by the most advanced civilizations of the classical world, the Greeks, Romans and Punics whom left cities and monuments that should be visited in your free time.
Previous knowledge or experience in archaeology or computer systems is not required.
Field School life & language
The fieldwork runs 7 hours a day with time dedicated to both excavations, the study of human osteology by the analysis of the skeletal remains and laboratory work on Greek pottery. For every seven course days there are two days off. Participants will learn and apply excavation techniques used in biological anthropology during fieldwork. In the laboratory, participants will follow guidelines set by an anthropologist and other specialists for the classification, study, and conservation of skeletal remains and other related material found. Participants will also be given lectures on methodology, Greek archaeology, human osteology and classification of archaeological materials. Participants will visit other archaeological sites through organized excursions. The course is taught in English.
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: 9 sessions, 20 days each)
The course is limited to 8 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: Greek Archaeology
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 20 days
Room and Board Arrangements
Course fee includes
Airfare not included from the student home to/from Palermo (Sicily - Italy).
Entry tickets to museums and historical buildings are not included either.
Academic CreditNumber of credits offered: none