Talk at ASBC Nanaimo by David Hopwood

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Date: Saturday November 16 3:30-5
Location: Nanaimo District Museum
Cost $2
ASBC Members Free!

David will be speaking on the work that has been conducted on the archaeological site Kenan Tepe in Souteastern Turkey. In particular the talk will focus on the multiple burials uncovered over three time periods represented at the site. Burial practice patterns provides insight into how individuals and communities negotiated their relationships between the living and the dead. Several infant and adult burials from the multi-period mound site of Kenan Tepe were analysed to examine the variety of burial practices carried out and to address questions regarding the nature of the relationship between the Kenan Tepe residents and their dead. During the time of occupation at Kenan Tepe at least three different methods of interment were practiced, progressively indicating a shift towards a less intimate relationship with the dead.

Astypalaia Bioanthropology Field School

Here’s another field school for those interested in working on a project in Greece.  Application for the 2014 Astypalaia Bioanthropology Field School is now open.  The field school is from July 9 to August 11, 2014.  For further information, go to: https://sites.google.com/site/astypalaiabioarchaeology/

Field School in Mortuary Archaeology, Poland, 2014

The 16th Field School in Mortuary Archaeology will be held in Drawsko, Poland, in summer 2014.

The post-medieval, skeletal cemetery at Drawsko, Poland (16-17 centuries AD) provides a unique opportunity for students to practice bioarchaeology by learning archaeological excavation techniques and working with human osteological material. To date more than 150 burials have been excavated, and the skeletal collection includes various evidence of traumatic injury, infectious, degenerative and genetic disease, nutritional deficiency, as well as atypical lesions that have yet to be identified.

At the site students are allowed to excavate burials by themselves getting hands-on experience. The professional supervision is provided by the international team of instructors from Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, State University of New York, Oneonta, USA, University of Manitoba, Canada and Slavia Foundation, Lednica, Poland. Excavated bones serve as reference material in osteology courses worth 6 academic credits (ECTS). The language of the Field School is English.

More info about this project can be obtained either at www.slavia.org or by contacting Dr. Marek Polcyn, Slavia Project Co-ordinator, directly.

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