Portugal: Lisbon Bioarchaeology Lab (IFR)

Location: Faculdade de Motricidade Humana da Universidade de Lisboa, Estrada da Costa, Algés, Lisbon, Portugal

Session Dates: July 1-July 28, 2024 (anticipated-TBC)

Application Deadline: April 15, 2024

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Institute for Field Research (IFR), ERA Arqueologia

Project Director:
Dr. Lucy Shaw Evangelista, Dr. Marina Lourenço,

Project Description:

Archaeological excavation within historic cities often produce deep stratigraphy dating back to the original foundation of the city and telling the story of its history. Following construction works at Rua dos Lagares, at the very heart of Old Lisbon, rescue archaeological excavations exposed an area with multiple, well preserved burials dating to the 15th-16th Centuries CE (Late Medieval/Modern period). This area was used as a necropolis in two different time periods. Necropolis I was a Christian – and possibly Jewish burial site – vandalized in 1497. Later, Necropolis II was used as a Muslim and Christian cemetery dated to the 16th century CE.

ERA Arqueologia excavated these necropolis in 2015-2016. Hundreds of well-preserved human remains were recovered. This field school will conduct a systematic study of these remains and is a laboratory -based bioarchaeology study. Combing anatomical with contextual information recovered during excavations allow us to better understand how population’s attitudes and customs regarding death, funerary practices and body treatments changed throughout time. Through field trips around medieval Lisbon, lectures and lab work, students will complete this field school with an overall understanding of how bioarcheology research is a valuable tool in understanding past populations from a cultural, political and environmental perspectives.

Period(s) of Occupation: Late Medieval, Modern

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Students are expected to stay the full length of the program.

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements:
2023 information - anticipated to repeat in 2024: Students will stay at the Campus of the School of Human Kinetics (FMH - Faculdade de Motricidade Humana) of Lisbon University where each room is shared by two students. Each floor is equipped with Wi-Fi, a shared kitchen, and bathrooms. MEALS: Lunch will be provided by ERA at the canteen of the School of Human Kinetics. A fish dish, a meat dish, and a vegetarian option are available for every meal. Daily breakfast and dinner and weekend meals are the responsibility of each student and are not covered by tuition to this field school. The campus has a shared kitchen.

Academic Credit:
8 semester (12 quarter)

Contact Information:

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Phone: 4242091173

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