Spain, Menorca

Advanced Osteological Analysis in the Roman Necropolis of Sanisera (Menorca – Spain)

when 21 May 2018 - 7 June 2018
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee USD 2200

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.

Course leader

Fernando Contreras, Amaretta Azevedo, Bernardo Vila.

Target group

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 - visit official website.

Course aim

The aim is to use advanced osteological techniques to understand the lifestyle of the people who lived at this site.

Fee info

USD 2200: 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
Daily transportation to/from the archaeological fieldwork.
Accident insurance at the site
Excursions
Certificate of participation.