osteology Archive

31 Jan 2015

About the funerary ritual of Sanisera’s Necropolis

The majority of the tombs in Sanisera’s Necropolis (Minorca – Balearic Islands – Spain) are collective. This means that the tombs were used to bury several people from the same family or group. In late antiquity, after
4 Jul 2014

THE IMPORTANCE OF ADVANCED OSTEOLOGICAL ANALYSIS by Colleen Cummings

Archaeology is an old discipline, but osteoarchaeology – the in depth study of archaeological human bone – is relatively new. For most of the history of archaeological research, when human bones were found in excavation they were
14 Jun 2014

BIOARCHAEOLOGICAL AND PALAEOPATHOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION OF THE “Las Huertas Necropolis” (Seville, Spain) by Julie Thomas

In 2013, bioarchaeology students from The Sanisera Field School, under the guidance of physical anthropologists, Julie Thomas  conducted an in-depth bioarchaeological and palaeopathological investigation of the Las Huertas Necropolis. This 5th-7th Century Christian skeletal assemblage, housed at
15 May 2014

WHAT WAS THE ROMAN POPULATION OF SANISERA LIKE?

During the 2013 campaign, The Sanisera Field School excavated a total of 10 tombs from the group called “Necropolis 4″, located at the Roman site of Sanisera. They dated between V-VI centuries AD and contain fifty-four individuals
26 Dec 2013

IN 2014, PRACTICE PHOTOGRAMMETRY AND 3D EDITION SOFTWARE APPLIED IN ARCHAEOLOGY

The computer software moves, runs, accelerates and flies. Archaeologists must get on board the same plane and use their resources to achieve a more efficient registration of our archaeological projects. It is becoming easier and more intuitive
5 Dec 2013

Great experience at the Sanisera Field School, by Louise Valmoria

Hello to everyone at the Sanisera Field School, particularly Fernando, Carmen and Cesar! Now that I am safely back home in Australia and well and truly settled back into things I just wanted to drop you a
27 Sep 2013

Julie Thomas discusses the Palaeopathology of an Exceptional Tomb 21

In 1985, archaeologists found an unusual cist tomb while salvaging Las Huertas, a 5th to 7th Century necropolis in La Roda de Andalucía, Spain (Guerrero Misa and Ventura Martinez, 1985: 334). Four large pieces of limestone covered
26 Aug 2013

Colleen Cumming and his studio “An Exploration of Mandibular Metrics in the Population of Sanisera”

The necropolis of Sanisera, dating from the 4th to 6th centuries CE provides an opportunity to examine the physical characteristics of the people from this site. For this pilot study, only mandibles were used for analysis as
16 Aug 2013

Julie Thomas talks about burial practices influencing skeletal preservation in Seville, Spain.

Our bioarchaeological investigation into the 5th-7th Century Christians buried at Las Huertas in La Roda, Andalucía continues. According to researchers at the Museum of Archaeology in Seville, this site contains three types of burials, including cist tombs
1 Aug 2013

Julie Thomas talks to us about Ancient Cold Cases in Seville, Spain

We are currently conducting an in-depth bioarchaeological and palaeopathological (the study of health and disease) investigation of the 5th-7th Century Christian population housed at the Archaeology Museum of Seville.  This collection is the result of a 1985