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 008: Digging anthropology in the Sanisera Necropolis (Menorca – Spain)


Julie Thomas (Boston, USA, 1978)Julie Thomas photo

Julie has a BA in Anthropology (Summa cum Laude) from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a Masters of Science in Palaeopathology from the University of Durham in the UK (2005). In 2008-2009, she received the Durham Doctoral Award for her postgraduate work on malaria in past civilizations. She has worked with both modern and archaeological populations throughout the world and has participated in archaeological excavations in Europe and North America.


Bernardo Vila Rodriguez (New Jersey, USA 1986)Bernardo Vila

As a graduate of a Master in Biological Anthropology at the Universitat de Barcelona and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, he has extensive experience in working with archaeologically found human remains through his thesis study "3D surface area of upper limb entheses in two ancient populations of the Balearic Islands" using laboratorial methods such as cleaning and identification, measurement, 3D-scanning, and statistical analysis among others in order to examine the entheseal changes occurring at muscle attachment sites of the arm.

He has centered his studies on physical and forensic anthropology with a focus on human remains in and around the Mediterranean basin, with interests in genetics, population demographic variables and transitions, and the biological/environmental factors that affect our skeletal system.



Madeline Parker (Indiana, USA, 1993)Madelina Parker

Madeline is currently completing her MS in Human Biology at the University of Indianapolis and has a BS in Biology and Anthropology from the Ohio State University (2016).  She assists with forensic casework through the Human Identification Center at the University of Indianapolis and is the current osteology laboratory graduate assistant, where she curates the biology department's osteology collection. She has several years of experience excavating at Sanisera and has centered her studies on human osteology, with a focus on biological variation.


Ella Magri (Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom, 1993)Ella Magri

Ella is currently a lecturer in Forensic Investigation, who specializes in Forensic Anthropology, Taphonomy and Archaeology. She completed her masters in Forensic Anthropology in 2016, at the Centre of Anatomy and Human Identification, University of Dundee. Her research focused on the return of juvenile rickets in the modern population. During her postgraduate education she gained Interpol training in Disaster Victim Identification and experience as an assistant Forensic Anthropologist. Her undergraduate degree is a BSc Criminology and Forensic Investigation. Ella has participated in excavation projects in the UK and abroad and assists with the anthropological lab work at University College London. Her dedication to the field is highlighted in her commitment to the British Association for Human Identification and the British Association for Forensic Anthropologists for the past four years.



Júlia Benet i Cugat (Barcelona, Spain, 1995)Ella Magri

Júlia has a Bachelor's degree in Archaeology and a Masters degree in Biological Anthropology from the Universitat de Barcelona and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She also has a Graduate Certificate in Paleopathology and has participated in courses dedicated to paleopathology. During her studies in Archaeology, she participated in numerous excavations in Catalonia as well as laboratory work. She has studied thoroughly the paleopathologies present in the remains of medieval and modern Catalan necropolis and has focused in tumoral pathologies. Júlia also participated in the Taphos-m project, which studied how the taphonomic processes affected the remains in different environments. After graduating her Masters, she has worked as an Anthropologist for different Catalan Archaeology companies, excavating necropolis and carrying out full anthropological studies for said companies at the Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya (MAC).



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