Aditu Osteology Summer School 2018

The Aditu Osteology Summer School is a research project investigating human burials at the medieval Sanctuary of San Miguel in Excelsis, at the top of Aralar mountain in Navarre (Spain). The 2018 season will focus on the on-site analysis of the remains recovered from the medieval cemeteries of San Miguel de Aralar and Zamartze. Limited excavation will take place at the site to expose more architectural structures, while the Summer School will concentrate on post-excavation work in the field laboratories directly on the human remains recovered from the site.

The course is aimed at anyone that wishes to learn about human osteology, bioprofile methodology, paleopathology, and chemical analysis of human remains, as well as the overall setup and management of archaeological excavations. The course is suitable for those with experience handling human remains and those who have no prior knowledge in the field of osteology. The course includes lectures on specific topics related to the analysis of human remains and more general topics such as funerary practices in medieval Navarre and Basque archaeology. Students will spend an average of 7-8 hours per day working on post-excavation procedures for handling human remains, including cleaning, reconstruction, analysis, and documentation. Throughout the course, students will become proficient in carrying out all aspects of osteological analysis, including the determination of age, sex, stature, identification of pathological conditions and trauma, and calculation of minimum number of individuals in cases of disarticulated remains.

Session dates: July 3-27 or July 31-August 24

Accommodation: Board and accommodation will be provided at the Sanctuary, including self catering breakfast and lunch (ingredients provided), and a variety of dinners served in the restaurant at the site. All necessary facilities are provided (electricity, washing machine, equipped kitchen, TV, and internet access).

Cost: The cost per session (25 days) is 1750 Euros.
This fee includes accommodation, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on full work days, tuition, lectures and accident insurance. Air fare and medical insurance are not included and should be arranged by the participant.

Application deadline: May 31st, 2018.

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