Via Ostiense Necropolis Project (Bioarchaeology/Funerary Archaeology)

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Location: Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

Season: July 28, 2020 to August 14, 2020

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School, Volunteer

RPA Certified:

Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali of Rome and Universidad Europea de Valencia

Project Director:
Prof. Llorenç Alapont and Dr. Marina Marcelli

Project Description:

The Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali of Rome and de Universidad Europea de Valencia are undertaking the fourth season of the bioarcheological research project at the Via Ostiense Necropolis in Rome. The field school offers a practical training program in funerary archaeology, physical anthropology, and the study of Roman cremations.

The 2020 season seeks to excavate and study new burial areas and to analyze undisturbed cremations. A thorough and exhaustive micro-excavation of the remains deposited inside the urns will be carried out in situ. The goals of the project are twofold: the first aims to identify the physical characteristics of the cremated individuals, which allows us to develop a more complete biological profile and make interpretations regarding the conditions of Roman life and death. It also permits us to make interpretations about Roman funerary rituals. In addition, the project creates an opportunity for students and professionals to be trained in the anthropological study of Roman-era cremations, which is, indeed, an uncommon experience that translates well for those with a particular interest in bioarchaeology, bioanthropology, and forensic science.

Period(s) of Occupation: Ancient Roman (the necropolis was in use between the 2nd Century BCE through perhaps the 4th Century CE)

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: Although there is no experience required to participate in this project, the project staff expect participants to be ready to learn and ask questions.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Accommodation in central Rome for course duration in B&B Angolo Romano. Angolo Romano is a a comfortable and welcoming B & B located in the prestigious and historical Prati district at 100 meters from the metro stop Cipro and a few hundred meters from the Basilica di San Pietro and the Vatican Museums. From our B&B you can also easily walk or table public transportation to the rest of Rome, including locations such as Castel Sant’Angelo, Piazza Navona, Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza di Spagna, Fontana di Trevi, the Colosseum , the Olympic Stadium, the Hotel Ergife, the Policlinico Gemelli, and other major hospitals, the Court and Via Ottaviano with Via Cola di Rienzo, famous Roman shopping streets. Your accommodation is included in the course costs and personal ‘down time’ in the evenings and at weekends provides ample opportunity to explore the Eternal City and further afield easily (Pompeii and Herculaneum, Naples). The students will have independence in the evenings and on weekends, though safety is a priority for us. It is important that you check in with the staff when traveling far from the accommodation. We can give advice on the best ways to travel within Rome and which sites to visit. Full Board will be provided for the duration of the program (all meals are included excluding the lunch and dinner of excursion and free days)

Contact Information:

Llorenç Alapont

Av. de Blasco Ibáñez, 13, 46010 València, Valencia, Spain



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