- To know the different contexts in which human bones can be found and excavated.
- To know the current legal framework for the treatment of human bones and funerary rituals in different cultures.
- To understand the role of the archaeologist and the physical anthropologist from field excavation to laboratory study.
- To know the main parameters for a correct anthropological and palaeopathological report on a burial site.
- Understand the use of tools applicable to anthropological study, both in the field and in the laboratory.
- To understand the influence of taphonomy on the state of conservation of bone remains.
- To learn and broaden knowledge of palaeopathology from a theoretical and practical point of view, led by specialist lecturers.
- To understand the different processes of natural mummification in different archaeological contexts.
- To deepen the knowledge of the process of Mummification in Ancient Egypt, based on the latest knowledge and the most modern research techniques, carried out by the teachers of the course.
July 27 to August 5, 2023
The theoretical classes will be focused on the knowledge of Physical and Field Anthropology, with special attention to Funerary Archaeology and everything necessary to carry out a good excavation of funerary urns.
The established price is for the 10 days of the course.
This is not just another "pay to excavate" proposal. It is a practical and theoretical course, directed by university professors, with specific themes in each of the four weeks, aimed at those who want to delve into the practical excavation of a necropolis and the analysis of human skeletal remains.
Celtiberian cremation necropolis at Los Algarrobales (San Miguel de Bernuy, Segovia)
The VIII Physical Anthropology Workshop, organised by OsteoResearch, will be held in two weeks, from 25 to 31 July and from 1 to 7 August 2022. The excavation will take place in the Celtiberian cremation necropolis of Los Algarrobales, in the village of San Miguel de Bernuy, Segovia. The course has an eminently practical character, designed to carry out all the activities related to Physical Anthropology in a Celtiberian archaeological site of incineration, complemented with laboratory practices and theoretical teaching.
The necropolis of Los Algorrabales is the cemetery of the Celtiberian oppidum of Los Sampedros (San Miguel de Bernuy, Segovia), a settlement in the upper valley of the River Duratón occupied between the 1st Iron Age and the Roman period, and which since the 4th century BC has formed a small pre-Roman urban centre in this area to the south of the Duero. Excavations in the necropolis have so far documented the Full-Late Celtiberian phase, between the 4th and 3rd centuries BC, which is associated with cremation tombs, with grave goods with civil and military furnishings, at the time when the urban settlement was at its strongest.
The teachers of the course are university teaching professionals with proven experience in the field of Physical Anthropology, Archaeology and Palaeopathology.
- Dr. Victoria Peña Romo. Expert in cremations. Work on funerary urns in Tunisia and Egypt.
- Dr. Santiago Martínez Caballero. Director of the Museum of Segovia.
- Dr. Jesús Herrerín López, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. University of Alcalá de Henares, Madrid.
Mornings: practical work at the archaeological site from 8 am to 2 pm, under the supervision of the teachers.
Afternoons: The practical and theoretical classes will take place in the laboratory, with specific themes for each day.
Working days: Monday to Saturday.
The maximum number of students will be 14. Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Students can confirm their participation in the course at any time after April 2023.
Rural Houses in the town of San Miguel de Bernuy, Segovia.
The costs of education, maintenance, accommodation and medical insurance are included in the price and will be borne by the Organisation.
The cost of transport to San Miguel de Bernuy at the beginning and end of the course is NOT included in the price.
The students will be accommodated on a full board basis, one kilometre from the excavation site and in the village of San Miguel de Bernuy, an important tourist enclave in the province of Segovia, and 65 kilometres from Segovia capital, a World Heritage City.
Characteristics of the course
- Conferences 0
- Questionnaires 0
- Duration 10 days
- Skill level All levels
- Students 15
- Evaluations Yes