Zamartze Mortuary Archaeology Field School
- This project is examining the following period[s] : Medieval
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.
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- Director/ Project Organiser: Emma Bonthorne and Francisco Valle
- Organisation or Institution: Aditu Servicios Arqueologicos
- Email Contact: email@example.com
June 6-30; July 6-30; August 6-30; September 6-30. 2014
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.
June session: €1750
July session: €1950
August session: €1950
September session: €1750
The field school fee includes accommodation,breakfast, lunch and dinner on work days, tuition, lectures and accident insurance. Plane fare not included.