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

What you will learn ?

In the Fieldwork

  • Cleaning remainsHow to dig and which archaeological techniques are used.

  • Use and handling of the tools that are used during the excavation process..

  • Basic principles of stratigraphy.

  • Recording the data obtained during the excavation using the Harris Method.

  • Practice on the recognition of archaeological materials and Roman finds from the II century B.C. - VI A.D.

  • Basic procedures for collecting C14 samples

  • Detecting graves to excavate in the Necropolis.

  • Exhume the skeletal remains and record any finds.

  • Scale drawings and elevations of tombs/individuals within the tombs.

  • Record funerary structures and anthropological remains in context sheets.


In the Laboratory

  • Students learning about Digging remainsStudy and typological classification of archaeological objects of Roman archaeology: ceramics, numismatics, faunal remains, metals and glass.

  • Relative dating based on the classification of archaeological objects discovered in the stratigraphic sequence.

  • Prepare anthropological material in the laboratory.

  • Cleaning, Inventory and cataloging of recovered human bones during the excavation process.

  • Basics of the methods used in human osteological analysis, including skeletal anatomy, palaeodemography and palaeopathology.

  • Learning how to identify age, sex and height of buried individuals.

Theory

  • Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Bioarchaeology.

  • Skeletal Anatomy –Terminology-: generalities, dental structure, skull and other bones.

  • History, archaeology, economy and culture of the Roman civilization.

  • Introduction to the History of the Sanisera Site.

  • The background of Roman funerary rituals.

  • Minorcan archaeology before the Roman conquest of the Balearic Islands.

 

 



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