FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY & ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION Fieldschool 2018
About the fieldschool
The fieldschool offers a practical experience in the excavation and post-excavation analysis of skeletons from contemporary settings. The project aims in the recovery, repatriation or reburial of skeletal remains excavated during the recycling process of old graves in two fully operating cemeteries. This is a socially and culturally sensitive environment and all ethical parameters are followed during this process. Each individual exhumed is treated according to scientific standards adhering to the existing local, national and international SOP policies. The fieldschool operates under strict working professional guidelines with preset deadlines for the repatriation and/or reburial of the exhumed individuals. Within this live environment you will get a hands-on-experience in applying scientific methods relating to archaeology, forensic archaeology and forensic anthropology both in the field as well as the laboratory. You will be taught how to follow protocol requirements associated with the excavation as well as rapid-exhumation of skeletal remains. During post-excavation analysis you will work in teams to record, analyse and catalogue skeletons from the Cyprus Reference Research Collection (CRRC). The skeletal analysis aims in advance research objectives which aim in the development of identification standards for the cypriot population, but with overall regional applicability for the repatriation of those missing in action or died in armed conflict.
The fieldschool is fully supervised by experienced staff and it aims in the training of students or professionals who seek to learn how to work and handle human skeletal remains, or further advance their knowledge in doing so. The knowledge gained here has direct application in Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Archaeology and Bioarchaeology. We encourage an interactive and easy-going process where the team of supervisors actively engage with the participants in order to mediate and communicate general and specific learning objectives. As a team we collectively work together to teach, train, tutor and guide each step of the process. Through teaching and participation in real professional scenarios the students learn how to preserve and act ethically with all that concerns the study and identification of human skeletal remains.
•Excavation methods and techniques
•Field recording methods
•Applied forensic archaeology
•Advance human osteology
•Applied forensic anthropology
•Human identification methods
•Laboratory recording and cataloguing
•How to handle and process skeletal remains in field and laboratory settings
• Gain experience in understanding team organization and operation processes (part of learning how to work in events of mass disasters)
The program offers participants the opportunity to learn skeletal pathology through hands-on work with skeletal remains and on-going discussion with the staff.
Accommodation for the students is provided in Limassol. The fieldschool has partnered up with various housing facilities, the final selection of which is based on the number of students and thus by default the housing is in accordance with the needs of the project each season. Accommodation is basic (single beds/campbeds) and the sleeping facilities are on a shared (mixed) basis. Each house is fully equipped with a kitchen (cooking utensils, hob, oven, fridge) and a washing machine (if a washing machine is not available, laundry service will be provided for free once a week on a Friday). Once a week cleaning service is provided but participants are expected to keep the place in good hygiene levels, tighty and clean. Accommodation with easy bus access is selected.
This year's accommodation facilities: takelena-apartments.hotelinlimassol.com
Cyprus Reference Research Collection Lab
Off Griva Digeni Street_
Ethical Disclaimer: We strictly follow all ethical and professional guidelines with regards to the handling of human remains and we adhere to a strict regulatory guidelines framework with regards to the preservation of identity and personal information of the deceased. We don't communicate private information to the participants nor do we publish without consent. The data is protected and there is no access to private/personal medical records of the deceased. We respect both the dead and the living and it is expected that all participants follow through. Photographs are not distributed to unauthorized personnel and photographs do not contain private information which directly or indirectly link to the identity or other information associated to the deceased. All the work is supervised and unsupervised access to the collection is not provided at any times. The safety of the collection is ensured by all parties and skeletal preservation is a primary concern; unnecessary handling of the material is not permitted and personal belongings accompanying burials/individuals are either stored/maintained accordingly and/or returned to the families. Personal items are not handled by participants.
Disclosure statement: All fiedlschool activities are being carried out in English. All the personnel working under the auspices of Odyssey, partners and collaborators, they, at all times, must treat human remains with utter most respect and conduct all analyses following international and national operations standards. All ethical parameters set must be at all times respected and none would be violated for any reason. All the operations with regards to modern and ancient sites are approved by the associated government and/or church officials. No violation of human right laws, antiquity laws takes place. The data collected during field excavation and lab analyses are the rightful ownership of Odyssey FieldSchool and no individual or institutions may claim ownership rights over data collected with or without their presence during the collection process. Publication and reproduction of data must be approved by Odyssey FieldSchool Researchi Manager, and in failing to do so, Odyssey FieldSchool has the right to retrieve the data back via means of legal action. All data and information collected during the actions of Odyssey must remain confidential. All the data, results and conclusions collected and achieved are the intellectual property of Odyssey Fieldschool.