Bioarchaeology I & II

If students are interested in gaining both osteological and field experience, they can enroll in both courses. The I&II option is set up as a separate program that will mean a single application fee for the students. If they choose this option, they will transition with me from Zagreb to Koprivnice on June 13 and begin excavations the next day! To apply, follow the link (Bioarchaeology in Croatia I & II) and follow the instructions on the website:

Bioarchaeology in Croatia I: This is an intensive osteology and bioarchaeology lab methods course in Croatia offered in cooperation with the Institute for Anthropological Research in Zagreb. This is a course offered through Mississippi State University listed as Human Osteology (AN4313/4316) and can be taken at either the undergraduate (4313) or graduate (6313 level). It will run from May 11-June 13, 2020. In addition to learning the skeleton, there will be a focus on bioarchaeological methods such as age at death and sex estimation and the analysis of trauma using the amazing collections at the Institute. You'll also get to live in beautiful Zagreb for a month and explore one of the most beautiful places on earth on weekends. I’ve arranged for guest speakers focusing on molecular methods, culture history, and Croatian identity and conflict. Mario Novak and Ivor Jankovic have also arranged for a visit to a local hospital to see imaging in action, a guided trip to the Krapina site and museum, and a tour through the Archaeological Museum Zagreb.

Bioarchaeology in Croatia II: This is an excavation-based field school, offered as Mississippi State University’s class AN 3510 (6 credits). It will take place from June 13 through July 15, 2020 in Đurđevac, Croatia at the site of Đurđevac-Sošice. This is a multiperiod site, spanning the medieval through early modern periods consisting of a multiple construction phases of a church and associated burials. Excavations have been conducted under the auspices of the Muzej Grada Koprivnice in Đurđevac during (2015-2019). We will be working with the museum and several Croatian students to complete excavation of burials interred in the church foundations. In addition to the architectural and extended burial excavations, students will be exposed to excavation of commingled remains from the burial fill. Students will live and work together as a group while gaining experience in the methods of archaeological field excavation, burial excavation, and will have a special focus on GIS mapping and photogrammetry. Students will have multiple guest lectures covering local culture history and archaeology, and a guided tour an active Iron Age archaeological site near Pozega.