The archeology of Death: training in Archaeothanatology for archaeologists
Take part in this initiation to the specific problems and stakes of archaeo-anthropology and archaeology of Death !
- CIVIS focus area
- Society, culture, heritage
- Open to
- Field of studies
- Social Science and humanities
- Course dates
- 11 - 26 September 2021
The aim of this course is to raise the awareness of those involved in archaeology on the specific questions encountered when excavating and studying funerary structures and funerary sites.
In this context, the objective is to enable archaeologists and historians to integrate into their thinking the questions that are specific to archaeo-anthropology, from the earliest stages of the work, in order to create a synergy conducive to an optimised study, an in-depth analysis and the creation of quality primary data that can be used, transmitted and sustained.
Main topics addressed
- Problems of the archaeology of Death: why do we study a funerary structure or a funerary site ? The excavation and the study of funerary structures is the starting point for an extensive historical and conceptual reflection. The archaeology of Death is a discipline that combines biological, archaeological and historical issues. This obviously leads to the acquisition of a specific disciplinary vocabulary.
- The stakes involved in the study of funerary structures: the need for a specific, interdisciplinary approach, through close collaboration between, at least, archaeologists and anthropologists. Collaboration is also desirable and desired with any other discipline that allows optimal development of reflections on practices (anthracology, palynology, carpology, ceramology, architecture, geomorphology, etc).
- The various funerary or mortuary practices during different times and in different spaces: specific issues and methods of study (burial, cremation, the case of large funerary complexes, etc.).
- Field study methods: excavation of funerary structures and recording of data for an optimal reflection.
- The environmental archaeology approach: the aim is to reconstruct the geomorphological landscape, the ecosystems, the agricultural activities and, if possible the climate in which the civilisation evolved.
- Laboratory study: initiation to human osteology and skeletal study methods: making methodological choices in order to answer historical questions.
- Problems of the archaeology of Death
- Stakes involved in the study of funerary structures
- Variability of funerary or mortuary practices
- Initiation to human osteology and skeletal study methods
- Identifying grave cuts
- Skeletal ID & excavation of funerary structures
- Taphonomical recording
|Language: English (B2 level required)||ETCS offerd: 10|
|Dates: from 11 to 26 September (3 weeks)||Location: Beidaud, Romania|
|N° of places for CIVIS students: 4||Format: Blended*|
*This course is organised in 2 weeks (35h/week) of courses on the field, in Beidaud, Romania, and 1 week (30h) of online theoretical courses.
Applicants should be Master's or PhD students at one of the CIVIS member universities.
A working knowledge of English (at least B2 level) is required.
Applicants should send their CV and a cover letter (maximum 500 words) to email@example.com by 30 June 2021. Selected students will be notified on 22 July 2021.
The assessment will be continuous during the training session: on the field through the excavation of funerary structures and in the classroom through discussions.
14 professors from 4 CIVIS universities
Gaëlle GRANIER, Aix-Marseille University
Jean-Christophe SOURISSEAU, Aix-Marseille University, Institut ARKAIA
Rémi CORBINEAU, Aix-Marseille University, Institut ARKAIA
Valérie ANDRIEU-PONEL, Aix-Marseille University
Reine-Marie BERARD, Aix-Marseille University
Christophe MORHANGE, Aix-Marseille Université
Valentin BOTTEZ, Universitatea din Bucureşti
Daniela ZAHARIA, Universitatea din Bucureşti
Didier VIVIERS, Université libre de Bruxelles
Athéna TSINGARIDA, Université libre de Bruxelles
Vivi SARIPANIDI, Université libre de Bruxelles
Giorgos VAVOURANAKIS, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Yiannis PAPADATOS, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
- Nikolaos DIMAKIS, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens