Forensic Anthropology Field School in Albania and Romania; May 16-June 9, 2016

Albania’s magnificent archaeological site at Butrint National Park is one of two primary locations for Utica College’s annual Forensic Anthropology Field School course, which also includes seven days in Bucharest, Romania. A truly unique international experience, ours is the only anthropology field school where participants live in three different countries, explore three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and visit Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania. Undergraduates and graduate students may enroll for six credits at either level. No previous experience with human skeletal remains is required and participants are not required to enroll in the course.

Taught both at Butrint and at the Francisc I. Rainer Anthropology Institute in Bucharest, the course emphasizes practical techniques of bioarchaeology, forensic analyses, and paleopathological diagnosis by studying adult and immature human remains from numerous sites and collections. Unlike other field schools, the program fee includes round-trip airfare through JFK Airport in New York City and virtually all of your meals during the entire trip. We stay only in full-service hotels located at the gates of Butrint and in the hearts of Tirana, Corfu, and Bucharest. More than 140 students from over 65 US and international colleges and universities have participated in the program since 2004, many of whom later returned to conduct their own graduate research.

Co-taught by a forensic anthropologist (Thomas A. Crist, Ph.D., FAAFS), a medical anthropologist (John H. Johnsen, Ph.D.), and a classical archaeologist (Michael D. Washburn, M.A.), course topics also include cross-cultural health and healing; Roman and Balkan history; mortuary archaeology; human anatomy, mass fatality incident planning; cultural resources management; and heritage tourism.

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