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Osteoarchaeology and Paleopathology, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 21 days
University rank #201 (ARWU) ,
The Summer School in Osteoarchaeology and Paleopathology at University of Pisa 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 lab-activities and lectures will be carried out at the Laboratory of Paleopathology (within the Medical School of Pisa). 

The Osteoarchaeology and Paleopathology at University of Pisa 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
    • Duration description

      03-21 June ( first session) 01-19 July (second session)

  • Credits
    12 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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


Students in Physical Anthropology, Archaeology, Bioarchaeology, Forensic Science, Paleopathology and allied disciplines at undergraduate and graduate levels.


  • Prof. Giuffra Valentina

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • Identity Document (*Passport in case you are a foreign student*)
  • Enrolment Form
  • Statement of interest and Curriculum vitae
  • Knowledge of English language is also required.

  • Proof of tetanus vaccination (or booster) within the last 10 years

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Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    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 Applies to you

    1300 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1300 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 21 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
fees 1.000 euro, tutoring and lab support 300 euro

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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