Topic ID #37547 - posted 10/29/2016 8:03 PM

Juvenile Osteology Research Workshop - Bioarchaeology of Children - Transylvania (Romania) 2017


Juvenile Osteology Laboratory Research Workshop - Bioarchaeology of Children: Victims of Change

During the 17th century, Europe redefined itself spiritually, culturally and politically. The Early Modern period was born out of one of the greatest crises of the old world as European identity was reshaped at all levels. During our 2013 season, we uncovered a very unique phenomenon: the inside of the 17th century churches in the region of Odorheiu Secuiesc, in the heart of Transylvania (Romania), was suddenly dedicated almost exclusively to infant burials. Our initial study of the burials from the church of Teleac/Telekfakva showed one adult, 69 juveniles out of which 48 were of preterm or fetal age, all exceptionally well preserved. This context created the perfect environment to expand our project to an exclusively children perspective. Currently, we have excavated more than 200 very well preserved, complete osteolgical juvenile remains.

Recent contributions to bioarchaeological scholarship have devoted considerable treatment to the analysis of children skeletons from both archaeological and contemporary (i.e., forensic) contexts. The aim of this workshop is to provide participants with an intensive review of juvenile osteology and an overview of the ways in which this kind of unique information is interpreted by bioarchaeologists. During the workshop, participants will have the chance to study the growth and development of the human skeleton across various juvenile age cohorts, ranging from prenatal to preadult.

Our participants can expand their bioarchaeology and osteology skill set with our Adult Osteology Research Workshop or the Medieval Cemetery Funerary Excavation, immediately preceding the Juvenile Osteology Workshop.


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