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The 16th international Slavia field school in mortuary archaeology
Poland 2014

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, to learn archaeological techniques and explore details of Polish history that are of yet unknown. Poland's rich history provides a treasury of information about people, cultures and events of the past.

In the summer of 2014, we offer seven weeks of archeological exploration and adventure at the the prehistoric/postmedieval multicultural site at Drawsko. The Slavia Field School in Mortuary Archaeology offers a unique opportunity for archaeology and physical anthropology students as well as future practitioners of forensic sciences and anyone interested in mortuary archeology to learn recovery and documentation techniques on both incinerated and skeletal human remains. All students take part in an archaeological excavation, getting hands-on experience in disinterment of human burials and cremations from their discovery to final removal. We offer an intensive course in human osteology and mortuary archaeology at the basic and advanced levels led by experienced English - speaking instructors. The course also offers a strong laboratory component which includes an opportunity to practice identification of complete and fragmentary human skeletal remains, as well as other osteological analyses. We also provide opportunities for students to receive academic credit through the field school. For details, please click here.

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 and the Municipal Community Center — Museum of the Czarnków Soil in Czarnków. 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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