Topic ID #9424 - posted 1/30/2011 8:40 AM

Fieldschool in Mortuary Archaeology, Zamartze, Spain

Aditu Archaeology

July 4-27, 2011

The Aditu Mortuary Archaeology Fieldschool is an excavation project investigating human burials at the medieval monastic complex of Zamartze in the municipality of Uharte-Arakil (Navarre, Spain). The main element in the site is a Romanesque church assumed to have been built on top of an earlier Roman mansio. Restoration works to the complex in 2005 revealed medieval graves and Roman structures, which was confirmed by test pits excavated outside the church apse in 2010. The primary goal of the project is to gain knowledge of the population of this part of Navarre during the medieval period. This will include a study of the diet, pathology and bioprofile (age, sex, stature) of the individuals. Additional details of funerary practices may also be gained from the position of the skeletons, burial orientation and grave goods. Stone tombs (as well as later intrusive burials) surrounding the church (constructed between 1140 and 1170 C.E.) will be excavated.

The fieldschool is aimed at students or graduates of archaeology and physical or forensic anthropology who wish to gain experience in the excavation of human remains, although individuals with a strong interest will be considered if spaces are available. There will be lectures and short classes on skeletal anatomy, excavation techniques and the region's archaeology, although the major component of the school is fieldwork, with students spending an average of 6-7 hours per day on site.  The focus of the fieldwork will be on burial excavation techniques and documentation methods. Students will participate in all stages involved in the exhumation of human remains in archaeological contexts.

Participants will visit other archaeological sites in Navarre and the Basque Country on weekends, as well as have the opportunity to participate in the San Fermin festival (Running of the Bulls, Pamplona). The course will be offered in English and Spanish, according to the needs of participants.

Accommodation and board will be provided at a recently-refurbished monastery on site.

Please contact for information package and application forms.


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