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 016: Biological Anthropology in Seville and Menorca.

General Information

 

The Sanisera Field School has designed a fieldwork course for students interested in participating and experimenting with archaeology in two archaeologically rich sites; the island of Menorca and city of Seville in southern Spain. Since then it has organized courses for students who come from all over the world to study abroad and who are interested in anthropology.

We have designed a course that focuses on funerary structures, specifically inhumations graves of the Roman city of Sanisera from the classical period as well as the study of a unique collection of human remains from Roman Villas in Seville.

 

Part 1: Dig & 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 72 tombs belonging to a Roman cemetery wich could have been related to a basilica in the Roman city of Sanisera, wich dates from the 4th and 6th centuries AD. The Osteology corpus in this necropolis includes more than 270 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: Biological Anthropology in Seville (Spain)

Seville was known in Roman times as Hispalis, founded in one of the richest agricultural lands of the Roman Empire. From there, they exported to Rome oil, wine and wheat in large quantities. Around the city estates were built to manage the exploitation of the field and in this program we have the opportunity to study a villa occupied during the 4th and 6th centuries AD and its necropolis with more than 50 graves.

Focuses on the in-depth analysis of human skeletal remains excavated. 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.

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


Students digging a human skeleton in the Necropolis of Sanisera

Students digging a human skeleton in the Necropolis of Sanisera

Students excavating Roman skulls at Sanisera

Students excavating Roman skulls at Sanisera

Students in the Sanisera necropolis

Students in the Sanisera necropolis

Historical plaza in Seville

Historical plaza in Seville

Biological anthropology in the Archaeological Museum of Seville

Biological anthropology in the Archaeological Museum of Seville

Classifying bones in the Archaeological Museum of Seville

Classifying bones in the Archaeological Museum of Seville

 



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