The Sânpetru Bioarchaeology Fieldschool (Transylvania, Romania) – Summer 2023

The Brasov Bioarchaeology Project have teamed up with the Institute for Field Research (IFR) to train students in the osteological analysis of medieval Transylvanian assemblages and archaeological excavation practice in the fortified Saxon church of the Transylvanian village of Sânpetru. We are now accepting applications for the summer 2023 fieldschool, which will take place from July 16 to August 12.

This accredited four-week field school is suitable for students with an interest in field archaeology, bioarchaeology and related disciplines (forensic anthropology, human osteology, medieval archaeology), and will provide participants with both theoretical and hands-on experience in:

– Archaeological excavation and recording methods (please note that we might not excavate burials unless by chance encounter; however, mock burial excavations will be carried out for training purposes)
– Ethical handling and post-excavation processing of human skeletal remains
– Basics of human and animal bone identification
– Skeletal and dental anatomy
– Analytical methods for the reconstruction of a population’s biological profile – estimation of sex, age and stature
– Identification of pathological lesions and bone anomalies
– Methods for interpreting the burial context

Please check our website ( and the IFR website ( \) for info on dates, cost and how to apply.