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 008: Digging anthropology in the Sanisera Necropolis (Menorca – Spain)

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What you will learn ?

In the Fieldwork

  • Digging anthropology in the Sanisera NecropolisHow to dig and which archaeological techniques are used.

  • Use and handling of the tools that are used during the excavation process.

  • Detecting graves to excavate in the Necropolis.

  • Exhume the skeletal remains and record any finds.

  • Scale drawings and elevations of tombs/individuals within the tombs.

  • Record funerary structures and anthropological remains in context sheets.

  • Basic principles of stratigraphy.

  • Basic procedures for collecting C14 samples.

In the Laboratory

  • Students working in the laboratoryPrepare anthropological material in the laboratory.

  • Cleaning, Inventory and cataloging of recovered human bones during the excavation process.

  • Basics of the methods used in human osteological analysis, including skeletal anatomy, palaeodemography and palaeopathology.

  • Learning how to identify age, sex and height of buried individuals.

  • Relative dating based on the classification of archaeological artifacts discovered in stratigraphic sequence.

  • Interpret what went on during the burial process of these individuals.



  • Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Bioarchaeology

  • Skeletal Anatomy –Terminology-: generalities, dental structure, skull and other bones.

  • History, archaeology, economy and culture of the Roman civilization.

  • Introduction to the History of the Sanisera Site.

  • The background of Roman funerary rituals.

  • Minorcan archaeology before the Roman conquest of the Balearic Islands.






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