Bioarchaeology in Croatia (Summer 2022) Bioarchaeology Field school offered by Mississippi State University

Bioarchaeology in Croatia (BiC) will offer a fast-paced engaging program consisting of immersion in Croatia for 5 weeks. During the first week, we’ll be in Zagreb, exploring the city, visiting the Archaeology Museum, and getting lectures at the Institute for Anthropological Research on Croatian history and archaeology. We’ll visit the important Neanderthal site of Krapina and visit Trakošćan castle. Then we’ll transition to Koprivnica to begin excavations at the Medieval cemetery at Đurđevac-Sošice. Students will excavate burials within and around the church that was in use from the 11th—16th centuries. During this time, the area underwent tremendous social changes, transitioning from a feudal state to one based on the creation of a military frontier based on community protection from Ottoman incursions. In addition to excavations, we’ll be involved with the local community, attending local fairs and with weekends spent getting to know our Croatian excavation partners, many of whom have deep roots in the region. Evening lectures during excavations will center on local regional history and the importance of the church at Đurđevac-Sošice in that history.
**Non-MSU students are encouraged to apply. There is a small additional fee to be admitted as a non-degree seeking student, but you’ll receive in-state MSU tuition.
Associated Course: AN 3510 (Arch Field Methods: Excavation)—6 credits
Contact for more info: Anna Osterholtz (
Dates: be in Zagreb by May 17 at 5 pm (usually this means leaving the US on the 16th). Zagreb: May 17—May 22. Koprivnica: May 22—June 24.
Cost: $4875 program fee.
What’s included:
Lodging (3-students per room with private bath) in Zagreb at Time Out Heritage Hostel; dinner on first day in Zagreb (May 17); breakfast May 18-21, transfer (via train or van) to Koprivnica; lodging in Koprivnica (3-students per room with private bath); breakfast, packed lunch (to be eaten at site), and dinner on excavation days; some weekend meals in Koprivnica; travel to and entrance fees into Krapina Neanderthal site and Trakošćan castle; lunch on day trip to Krapina and Trakošćan castle.
What’s not included:
MSU tuition; travel to and from Croatia; lunches and dinners in Zagreb; any weekend travel that students wish to do on their own; some weekend food in Koprivnica; transfer back to Zagreb at end of program.