Topic ID #30608 - posted 1/9/2014 7:38 AM

Field School in Mortuary Archaeology, Spain

Aditu Archaeology

2014 Aditu Archaeology Field Programme at Zamartze

The Zamartze Mortuary Archaeology Field School is a research project investigating medieval human burials at the 12th century monastic complex of Zamartze in the municipality of Uharte-Arakil (Navarre, northern Spain). 

The primary goal of the project is to gain knowledge of the population of this part of Navarre during the medieval period. Graves date to between the 9th and the 14th centuries, and over 100 individual (adult and child) burials have been uncovered throughout the past fieldwork seasons, within stone tombs as well as earth-cut graves. The project aims at using the individuals recovered from this cemetery to perform a thorough study of the diet, pathology and bioprofile (age, sex, stature) of this Medieval site's population that could be extrapolated to the region, as little has been published on this area.

The 2014 field season will focus on the earliest level of inhumations at the site, dating from between the 9 and 11th centuries A.D. Other burials at this level have been found with grave goods that include pottery, shroud pins and scallop shells that indicate the individual may have been a pilgrim along the medieval Camino de Santiago.

The field school is aimed at students or graduates of archaeology and physical or forensic anthropology who wish to gain experience in the excavation of human remains. The course involves lectures and short classes on skeletal anatomy, excavation techniques, paleopathology, Medieval and Roman archaeology. Students spend an average of 6-8 hours per day in the field, and the focus on this fieldwork is on burial excavation techniques and documentation methods.  Students will participate in all stages involved in the exhumation of human remains in a cemetery context, including drawing and planning of the remains in situ, use of a dumpy level and/or total station to map finds and graves, filling out context sheets, and cleaning, processing and performing anthropological analysis of all remains exhumed.

Field School Dates 2014:
June 6-30
July 6-30
August 6-30
September 6-30

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: One full session

Experience Required: None but osteology knowledge is preferred.

Room and Board Arrangements

Students will be housed in an apartment in the village of Uharte-Arakil, a short 10 minute walk from the site. The apartment is equipped with a kitchen, dining room, living room and bathrooms. Accommodation and all meals on workdays are included in the programme price. Please see website for more details and photos.

Contact Information 
For information on applying, please contact:
Mandy Sansone


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