Topic ID #38974 - posted 11/23/2017 5:33 AM



ArchaeoSpain Program:
Dates 2018: 30 August- 15 September

The Necropolis of Via Ostiense field school provides students and people passionate about History and Archaeology the opportunity to excavate at an archaeological site in the heart of Rome.
Participants will be taking part in the research project, working along archaeologists and anthropologists excavating human remains, urns and other artifacts.
This is a unique opportunity to see Rome from a different perspective. You won't be another tourist following a guide. You will be immersed in a research project, helping archaeologists rewrite another page in the history of one of the most amazing civilizations of all times.
The site is a necropolis with hundreds of urns that contain cremated human remains.
The field school offers a practical training program in both funerary archaeology and physical anthropological study of roman cremations. 

During the project, students will learn:
·       Microexcavation of funerary urns
·       Conservation methods for cremated bone
·       Identification and weighing of cremated bone
·       Measurements of cremated bones
·       Morphological and taphonomic variation in cremated bone
·       Recording information in a database
·       Interpretation of cremated bone.

On Saturdays we will go on excursions related with funerary archaeology:
On Sundays the team will have free time to explore the eternal city.
The first large-scale catacombs in the vicinity of Rome were excavated from the 2nd century onwards. They were carved outside the walls of the city, because Roman law forbade burial places within city limits.
Necropolis - Ostia Antica

The Porta Romana necropolis consists of some sixty tombs. It was unearthed by Pietro Ercole Visconti in the years 1855-1859, by Dante Vaglieri in the years 1909-1913, and by Guido Calza in the period 1919-1923.


The necropolis of Via Ostiense team will stay in a large apartment near Porta San Paolo. Participants will share a room with one other person.
The spacious apartment has a living room with big-screen TV and DVD, five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a full kitchen (with washing machine), and a huge outdoor terrace with tables and chairs.
There is free Wifi, air conditioning in all rooms, and linens and towels are provided with a mid-program change.
Occupying a single room may be possible if there is space and if the participant is willing to bear an additional cost. Please contact us for more information.
We will have breakfast at the apartment before work. We eat lunch at one of Rome’s tavola calda (a cafeteria-style eatery with fresh, homemade dishes) at midday.
Dinner will be prepared for us and eaten at the apartment, although some nights we will go out to local restaurants.


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