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Funerary Archaeology in the Mediterranean: Prehistoric Funerary Rituals and Classical Roman Necropolis

by Ed Hagen last modified Feb 08, 2012 05:08 PM
The Sanisera Archaeology Field School will be excavating two burial sites: The Roman Necropolis and a Prehistoric Cave. Students will be introduced to Mediterranean Physical Anthropology by excavating in these two sites: the prehistoric cave during the first half of the course, and the Roman Necropolis during the second half. The Roman Necropolis Dig involves the excavation of a cluster of roman tombs belonging to a cemetery located on the outskirts of the roman city of Sanisera, which was occupied from 123 B.C. to 550 A.D. The Prehistoric Cave Dig focuses on the excavation of funerary deposits made by the first inhabitants of Menorca. The dig takes place in a cave known as “Cueva de la Costa Norte.” It is a collective burial site which dates between 2000 and 1350 B.C. It involves the collection of burnt bone samples, pottery vessels, bronze and bone pendants and beads, among other artifacts.

The excavation of the Necropolis focuses on funerary structures, specifically inhumations, while the Prehistoric Cave focuses on the spatial distribution of the remains and the objects and grave goods related to funerary rituals. Participants will learn and apply excavation techniques used in physical anthropology when excavating. In the laboratory participants will be instructed by an anthropologist and other specialists in the classification, study, and conservation of human remains and other related materials found. Participants will also be given lectures on methodology, Roman archaeology, physical anthropology and classification of archaeological materials.

Session Dates: 1) April 20 - May 9; 2) May 12-31;, 3) June 3-22; 4) June 25 - July 14; 5) July 17 - August 5; 6) August 8-27; 7) August 30 - September 18; 8) September 20 - October 9; 9) October 12-31; and 10) November 3 - November 22, 2012

For more information please visit our webpage at or contact me at:

Lana Johnson

Course Coordinator

Ecomuseum of the Cape of Cavalleria




Phone: (34) 699 69 55 80

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