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 009: Fieldwork in the Necropolis of Sanisera and GIS applied in Archaeology

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The Sanisera Archaeology Institute for International Field Schools offers an annual archaeology dig on the island of Menorca, off the coast of Spain. This course is for students who come from all over the world to study abroad and who are interested in archaeology, anthropology and mapping tools applied to archaeology, as well as for participants who want to learn about topography, photogrammetry and archaeological recording system with a GIS (Geographic Information System).

This program is divided in two main parts: Biological Anthropology in the tombs of Sanisera and Mapping tools focused on GIS.

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Part 1. Bioarchaeology in the Necropolis of Sanisera (Menorca, Spain)

Death in Rome has been studied in Sanisera since we started digging the first necropolis in 2008. So far we have excavated 90 tombs belonging to a Roman cemetery which could have been related to a basilica in the Roman city if Sanisera, which dates from the 4th and 6th centuries AD. The Osteology corpus in this necropolis includes more than 232 individuals.


The fieldwork focuses on funerary structures, specifically inhumation graves. Participants will learn and apply excavation techniques used in biological anthropology when excavating tombs. Students will also participate in lectures on skeletal anatomy and pathologies, classes, exercises and excursions related to the course material. In the laboratory participants will be instructed by an anthropologist and other archaeologists in the classification, study, and conservation of human remains and other related materials found.



Time dedicated to this part of the program: 50%.


Part 2. Creating an archaeological GIS platform

Mapping toolIn the second part students will practice their computer drawing skills, so that they can create an archaeological GIS platform from the applied recording system of Sanisera. In this way, students will also learn how to use the ARCGIS software.

 

Time dedicated to this part of the program: 50%.

 

 



 

Digging in the Sanisera Necropolis

Digging in the Sanisera Necropolis

Group of students from the Sanisera Necropolis

Group of students from the Sanisera Necropolis

Recording the Sanisera graves

Recording the Sanisera graves

Applying GIS in the tombs of Sanisera

Applying GIS in the tombs of Sanisera

Creating an archeological GIS platform in the Necropolis of Sanisera

Creating an archeological GIS platform in the Necropolis of Sanisera

 



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