Osteoarchaeology at Camarina, Sicily

Currently, I am assisting a colleague with her dissertation work at the site of Camarina, on the southeast coast of Sicily. We are cleaning, sorting, and analyzing the human remains of the classical Passo Marinaro necropolis. Carrie is a trained osteologist (in addition to getting her PhD currently in classical archaeology)–and she needed an assistant, so I was more than happy to help. We’re here until 8 June.

We work hard every day to go through systematically each caseetta, full of the remains of tombs excavated in the early 1980s. It is difficult work, considering that the soil of Camarina is particularly acidic, leading to bone fragmentation. But we are getting through pretty quickly. And we seem to be getting some good data. More to come later–await Carrie’s dissertation!


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