• Application Deadline
  • 21 days
The Summer School in Osteoarchaeology and Paleopathology is an academic program aimed at training students in anthropological and paleopathological laboratory methods. It is an outstanding opportunity for students to gain practical experience in bioarchaeological investigation by working side-by-side with leading researchers in the field.


The school is designed to provide all participants with an in-depth knowledge of cleaning, restoring and analyzing ancient human skeletal remains. Biological profile reconstruction is aimed at obtaining the greatest possible amount of information on the environment, lifestyle, and diseases that afflicted past populations.

The lab-activities and lectures will be carried out at the Laboratory of Paleopathology (within theMedical School of Pisa). The Summer School will take place over the course of 3 weeks, in order to provide students with the basic knowledge of skeletal anatomy, physical anthropology and paleopathology necessary to approach osteological analyses.

The skeletal materials under examination includes samples from Tuscan excavations dating back to the medieval ages. The activities will be completed under the supervision of experienced staff of the Division of Paleopathology, with the supervision of Professor Gino Fornaciari.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 21 days
  • Credits
    12 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

During the first week of the Summer School students will be trained in:

  • Procedures for preparing skeletal remains: each student will be provided with an adult skeleton to wash, restore and label;
  • Osteoarchaeology program: skeletal anatomy; bone and tooth identification; methods for sex and age determination;
  • Paleopathology program: traumatic lesions, non specific infections, metabolic diseases



  • Prof. Giuffra Valentina

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

    Admission requirements:
    • Identity Document 
    • Enrolment Form 
    • Curriculum vitae

      Tuition Fee

      • International

        1300 EUR/full
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 1300 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 21 days.
      • EU/EEA

        1300 EUR/full
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 1300 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 21 days.
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      Housing and meals

      Housing is not provided by the Summer School. Participants will be provided with a “dining card” to access the students’ cafeteria for lunch and dinner. A complete meal costs €4

      Living costs for Pisa

      • 750 - 1100 EUR/month
        Living Costs

      The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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