Internship in Portugal

Lydia Olson Freidlander


Basically, we worked with two collections: osteological remains from Torre de Palma (Roman) and osteological remains from a rock-cut tomb (mass grave) of a Neolithic population (~5500years old). We were cleaning the bones and teeth, identifying them, noting any trauma or pathology, laying them out in anatomical position to find Minimum Number of Individuals (MNI), aging, sexing, giving them each an accession number, entering them in the database, and more. The Torre de Palma remains were all previously studied and work on them is soon to be published. The Neolithic remains were never studied before so we were really starting from scratch, but they were also in poor condition for the most part. That's pretty much was AWESOME!

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