Mortuary Archaeology Field School
The Zamartze Mortuary Archaeology Field School is a research 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 12th century 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.
The primary goal of the project is to gain knowledge of the population of this part of Navarre during the medieval period. Graves are thought to date between the 9th and the 14th century, and over 100 individual burials have been uncovered in the last years. The project aims at using the individuals recovered from this cemetery to perform a thorough study of the diet, pathology and bioprofile (age, sex, stature) of this Medieval site’s population that could be extrapolated to the region, as little is known in the area about its Medieval population. 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 will be excavated.
The field school is aimed at students or graduates of archaeology and physical or forensic anthropology who wish to gain hands-on experience in the excavation of human remains. There will be daily lectures and lab classes on skeletal anatomy,excavation techniques and Basque archaeology , although the major component of the school is fieldwork, with students spending an average of 7-8 hours per day on site. Throughout the course, students will become proficient in carrying out all aspects of osteological analysis, including the determination of age, sex, stature and identification of pathologies.
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.
Session Dates: June 6-30; July 6-30; August 6-30; September 6-30.
Accommodation: Board and accommodation will be provided in the nearby village of Uharte-Arakil. All necessary facilities are provided and it is located a short walk from the site.
Cost: The cost per session (25 days):
€1750 for ALL sessions
The field school fee includes accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner on full work days, tuition, lectures and accident insurance. Plane fare not included.
Application deadline: Until all spaces are filled.
Apply: For further information and to apply to the field school, please contact email@example.com