Bezławki Bioarchaeology

Medieval Bioarchaeology in Poland

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Field School

Wersja Polska • English Version

The Medieval Bioarchaeology Field Program in Bezławki, Poland is a Summer field school run jointly through Humboldt State University and the Slavia Foundation. It is a unique opportunity to excavate and analyze human remains from a medieval cemetery at Bezlawki. Prussian burial sites are rare to find intact, and so a main goal of this project is analyze burial practices and osteological remains to illuminate the unique features of Prussian life and death. This site is also unique in its abundance of juvenile burials, providing an excellent opportunity for real hands-on experience analyzing these remains. This is an active research site, and students participate directly in the research.

This program is an intensive and rewarding experience. Students work side-by-side with archaeologist and osteologists to locate and excavate burials – they learn field methods such as leveling, revealing grave shape, excavation, and mapping. In the lab, students gain skills in human osteology and pathology by analyzing remains from the current and previous seasons and producing biological profiles of the individuals. Students also experience Polish culture and history firsthand by interacting with the community and visiting historical sites such as castles and churches, while living in a country that has been a crossroads of central Europe for hundreds of years.

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Field School 2018 will run from July 1-23, 2018. Please see the HSU Program Page for details, or contact:

Ariel Gruenthal-Rankin, MSc, HSU Program Co-Director, Osteology Lab
Department of Anthropology, Humboldt State University
amg45@humboldt.edu

Marissa Ramsier, PhD, HSU Program Co-Director, Osteology Lab
Department of Anthropology, Humboldt State University
mas70@humboldt.edu