The 17th Field School in Mortuary Archaeology which will be held in Drawsko, Poland, in summer 2015. If you have students interested in excavating human skeletal remains, we would be grateful for letting them know about this opportunity.
The early modern skeletal cemetery at Drawsko, Poland (16th -17th 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 200 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. Every archaeological season in Drawsko brings discoveries of unusual burials containing the dead with iron sickles running across their necks.
At the site students are allowed to excavate and document 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, Memorial University, 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.
Please find attached a poster of the 17th Field School in Mortuary Archaeology. We will be very honored if you post it on the message board of your Department and spread the information about the Field School among the students.
You can get more info about this project either at www.slavia.org or by contacting me directly.
Thank you for your time and attention,
Dr. Marek Polcyn
Slavia Project Co-ordinator
First Piasts Museum
62-261 Lednogora, Poland
tel.: + 48614274968