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Field School in Mortuary Archaeology
Poland 2021

In the summer of 2021 we offer an intensive learning experience in human osteology and mortuary archaeology at the early medieval inhumation cemetery in Giecz. All students get involved in the fieldwork, receiving hands-on experience in the excavation of human burials and related archaeological features from their discovery to final removal. The Field School includes a strong laboratory component which provides an opportunity to practice identification of complete and fragmentary human skeletal remains. Read more

Participants will receive training in:
  • Adult and Juvenile Osteology
  • Human Burial Excavation
  • Bioarchaeology in Practice
  • Early Medieval Funerary Practices in Poland
  • Archaeological Field Research Techniques
  • Archaeological Material Processing and Curation

The Mortuary Archaeology Field School provides a unique opportunity for archaeology and bioarchaeology students, as well as future practitioners of forensic sciences and anyone interested in mortuary archeology, to learn recovery and documentation techniques on both archaeological and human remains. The language of the project is English. Academic credits are available.

In the summer of 2021, we offer seven weeks of bioarcheological exploration and practice at the early medieval sites of Giecz and Ryczyn. The program is divided into two sessions:

  • June 28 - July 21
  • July 22 - August 14

While the application deadline is set to March 1, 2021, it is rolling until ALL SPACES ARE FILLED. Late applications will be considered, but priority will be given to early applicants as the number of places is limited. In order to get the Information Packet and the Application Form please visit here.

Slavia is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting archaeological research in Poland. Through the Slavia Project we offer opportunities for volunteers and students to participate in current archaeological excavations, learn archaeological techniques, and explore details of Polish history that are yet unknown. Poland's rich history provides a treasury of information about people, cultures, and events of the past.

Based at the Museum of the First Piasts at Lake Lednica, Poland, the Slavia Foundation carries on archaeological projects in cooperation with Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. We provide an opportunity for international students to gain experience in many aspects of prehistoric and medieval mortuary archaeology. A no less important goal of this project is to introduce our guests to Polish culture and history by interacting with locals and through educational tours and lectures.

The First Piasts Museum at Lednica is one of the largest open-air museums in Poland. It administers and protects Lednica and Giecz, two jewels of early Polish history (10–11 c. AD). A variety of research is conducted here in cooperation with the leading academic center of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań making the Museum a remarkable educational institution.

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