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2013 Mega Osteology from Neolithic Tombs, Portugal: 10th Annual Program

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

June 2, 2013 to June 29, 2013

Session dates: 
First session: June 2nd – 15th / Second session: June 16th – 29th

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Deadline Type: 
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Program Type

Field school

RPA certified




Project Director:

Rui Boaventura

Project Description

The Mega Osteology Program from the Neolithic Tombs will use the osteological remains from several burials from the region of the Estremadura in Portugal. These collections are currently stored at the Museu Nacional de Arqueologia (National Museum for Archaeology) located at Lisbon, by the Monastery of Jerónimos.

This internship will focus namely on the skeletal remains from the Late Neolithic rock cut tombs of Carenque and Baútas. The information obtained from these studies will be used to expand and enhance the knowledge of Neolithic and Late Neolithic societies. This is the 10th annual program for this project which has already studied several other collections from this region and neighboring areas.

Past participants have reported back that this program was both challenging and rewarding and that the training that they received during the course of their stay allowed them to continue on in their research on a more independent manner and on an advanced level.

Students will be given more latitude and independent workloads in this internship program and are expected to be already familiar with the basic principles and methodologies of osteology and/or dental anthropology. Students will begin by cleaning, cataloging and inventorying the various collections which are comprised of hundreds of bones and teeth.

Participants will get the chance to work with collections with multiple individuals and will learn how to determine the minimum number of individuals, sex, age and pathologies in mass burial conditions. This internship will also deal with dental anthropology and morphology, the description and classification of teeth as well as the various pathologies that are evident in teeth.

Period(s) of Occupation: Late Neolithic

Osteology, Mortuary practices

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

Participants will be housed at a Hostel in a large room for 8 people.
Transportation to and from Portugal is at the participant's expense although transportation to and from the Lisbon airport can be handled by the program. A field trip to some of the tombs in the region of Lisbon is also at the program's expense although students are responsible for meals and personal expenses.
Accommodation will be a shared and fully furnished room at a hostel with baths, full kitchen to cook, and clothes washing machine and shared sleeping quarter. Participants do not have to bring pillows, sheets or blankets but should bring a towel and wash cloth.

€800 per 2 weeks; €1,600 per 4 weeks

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered: none


Contact Information
Rui Boaventura
Praça Augusto Cabrita, 1, 4ºD