Bioarchaeology Field School

As an instructor, I've been committed to providing SFU students with hands-on opportunities to work in the field and in the lab with human remains from archaeological sites. In 2015 and 2016, SFU students travelled to Portugal, during the summer, for a "lab school" at the Municipal Museum of Santarém. At this museum students volunteered their time to assist in the long term curation (cleaning, labelling, cattaloging) of archaeological human remains recovered from sites in the city of Santarém, under my supervision and of the municipal archaeologist - and long time friend - António Matias. Click here for more information and a photo gallery for the Santarém bioarchaeology "lab school".

In the summer of 2018 I offered the first edition of the Portugal Bioarchaeology Field School, which took place in Cacela-Velha located in the Southern Coast of Portugal (Algarve). The field school is part of a larger archaeological project, and the excavation of the site is under the scientific coordination of Dr. Cristina Tété Garcia (DRCAlg/CEAACP), Maria João Valente (UAlg/CEAACP) and myself (SFU). The field schooll is also the result of an international partnership between SFU-Simon Fraser University in Canada, and DRCAlg - Direcção Regional de Cultura do Algarve, UAlg - Universidade do Algarve, CEAACP — Centro de Estudos de Arqueologia, Artes e Ciências do Património, and the Municipality of Vila Real de Santo António in Portugal. More details about the 2018 field school and a photo gallery can be found here.

The 2020 field school was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2022 field school is set to happen between June 11 and July, and will return to the Algarve, after students spending a week in Santarém in preparation for field work. Click here for more information.