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 010: Digging remains and Biological Anthropology in Sanisera (Menorca – Spain)


Fernando Contreras Rodrigo (Lleida. Spain - 1967)

Director of the excavations at Sanitja and of the Ecomuseum de Cap de Cavalleria since 1997. President of the association "Sa Nitja. Gestión del Patrimonio Mediterráneo" founded in 1993. He obtained the Prize Fundació "la Caixa" in 1992: "Revalorització Ciutats Romanes de Catalunya i Illes Balears". FPI U.A.B. Internship 1991-95. His research fields are: Romanization in Minorca; Archaeological software; Cultural management; Museum development for the heritage of Sanitja and the Cap de Cavalleria. Director of the excavations in Mago (Pla Mirall, 2000-2002), Iamo (Correos, 1999), and Sanisera (Prospection 1993-1995, Excavation 1996-1998). His projects involving Minorca's cultural heritage include: Defense Tower in Fornells (CIM – 1996), Ecomuseum de Cap de Cavalleria (Leader II – 1997), Cavalleria Lighthouse (Futures – 1998).



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.


Ismael MaciasIsmael Macías Fernández (Arcos de la Frontera, Spain 1989)

He graduated in History from the University of Granada in 2012, and in 2013 he obtained his Master in Archaeology by the University of Granada. During his academic formation he has participated in pottery studies from the archaeological site of Isturgi (Los Villares de Andújar, Jaén, Spain) and he also has worked in differents archaeological excavations with Spanish Universities, like Bilbilis (University of Zaragoza), Begastri (University of Murcia), Baelo Claudia (University of Cádiz), Los Bañales (UNED), the excavations of the "Patio de Banderas", located in "Alcazar de Sevilla" (University of Sevilla), Alfar Romano de Cartuja (University of Granada) or international, such the archaeological site of Villa San Silvestro (University of Perugia) in Italy. In recent years he has worked like technical archaeologist in the Sanctuary of Diana in Nemi (University of Perugia, Italy), since 2012 until today, in the "Archaeological excavations of the Boca del Infierno, in the Valle de Hecho in Huesca" (Directed by A. Sevilla) in the summer of 2015 and in the Funerary Temple of Thutmosis III (Luxor, Egypt) since 2013.


Madeline Parker (Indiana, USA, 1993)Madeline 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.



Rebecca Wilder Herron (Florida, USA, 1994)Rebecca Wilder

Rebecca Wilder received a B.A. in History, with a specialization in ancient civilizations, from Stetson University (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa). She has received multiple grants and scholarships, including the highly competitive Jane C. Waldbaum Scholarship from the Archaeological Institute of America, to study the impact of Sanisera on Mediterranean culture. Rebecca Wilder has two seasons of experience digging in Sanisera, as well as experience in the Iron Age society of Saruq al Hadid in Dubai, UAE. Her current area of interest is the Roman and Carthaginian influence on the evolution of Talayotic culture in Menorca.



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