Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania
- Program Terms: Summer
- Eligibility: Please see below for requirements.
|USF in Romania: Transylvanian Human Osteology and Bioarchaeology
June 4 - July 29, 2017
The aim of this project is to evaluate how major political events physically impact local Transylvanian populations. For that purpose, we having been studying human remains excavated from four different cemeteries from central Transylvania (Romania). During the summer of 2017, we will concentrate our efforts on analyzing skeletons excavated from an collapsed and abandoned church in the picturesque Szekely community of Patakfalva.
The field school will train students to conduct osteological analyses and frame bioarchaeolgoical research questions. The collection that we will study is housed at the Haaz Rezso Muzeum in Odorheiu Secuiesc (known as Székelyudvarhely in Hungarian), Harghita County, in the heart of Transylvania. Students will receive daily lectures on topics related to human skeletal biology and spend the first two weeks intensively reviewing human osteology. Other lecture topics will include a discussion of sex and age estimation, osteometrics, and an introduction to skeletal and dental pathologies. In addition, some lecture topics will discuss related applied areas of human osteology and various specialties within the discipline such as skeletal trauma analysis and stable isotope analysis. Students will have the opportunity to complete a small research project and gain hands-on experience in the field of bioarchaeology.