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

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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.

 


Nil CarcacerJúlia Coso Álvarez (Barcelona, Spain 1994)

Graduated in Archeology, University of Barcelona (2016) and Ma in pedagogy and Secundary education (2017). The 2016-2017 course obtained a scholarship (Department of History and Archeology of the University of Barcelona) convened by the Ministerio de Cultura, Educacion y Deporte. Currently, is developing a postgraduate research in the doctoral program in Medieval Culture.

 

Since 2012 she collaborates with different research works in the Medieval Archeology Laboratory (UB) and has participated in various archaeological excavations related to universities and research centers. Additionaly, Is part of the research team in the project funded by the Generalitat de Catalunya "Living mountain: settlements, resources and landscapes in medieval Catalonia (s.XV-XIII)" where she is responsible for the ceramic study and directs one of the excavations of the project: "Vilavella del Castellet (La Terreta)."

 

At the same time, she collaborates with the ARQUB-GRAPCE research group in archeometric studies of material culture inside the project "Impact in the New Colonial World. Cultural change in archeology and ceramic archeometry (TECNOLONIAL), funded by the Ministerio de Economía, industria y Competividad (Spain).


 

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.

 


 

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

 


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