Appstate-Università di Padua Bioarchaeological Field School


Application deadline is February 1. Considered on a space available basis after that time.

COST: $6521 including airfare, tuition for 6 semester hours, all in-country transportation, accommodation, meals, & field trips

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The Appstate-Università di Padua Bioarchaeological Field School aims to teach students human osteology, bioarchaeological field methods, and the contextualized analysis of archaeological human remains in an Italian context. Dr. Gwen Robbins Schug will teach two courses, ANT 3300 Human Osteology and ANT 4330 Bioarchaeology, focused on the identification and analysis of human skeletal remains. The first two weeks are spent in the lab. Using documented historical, pathological, and asylum collections at the Università di Padua, students will learn human skeletal anatomy, variation, and techniques for estimating sex and age in Human Osteology. The Bioarchaeology course will focus on developing research questions using pathological and archaeological specimens to gain broader understanding of social and historical forces in the Middle Ages through the Early Renaissance in the Veneto region of Italy. The third week will be led by archaeologists from the Università di Padua and will take place at a monastery in Trento, Italy. This portion of the course will involve learning methods for tomb excavation and recording. Outside of formal lab and field instruction, field trips will be focused on gaining a better understanding of the historical and social context in which our subjects lived: crime and punishment in Europe in the Middle Ages, the origins and medicalization of insanity, the stigmatization of disease and confinement of sufferers, and monastic life in Northern Italy from the 13th to the 18th century.