In 2003, a program was created to encourage foreign and Portuguese students to learn from the ceramic collections of both Torre de Palma and Balsa (Principal investigators, Maia Langley and Catarina Viegas, respectively). The program, “Learning Roman Ceramic’s Hands On” has incorporated the time and efforts of nearly 100 interns while teaching the basics of ceramic typologies and fabric studies. This summer, the osteological material will be reunited with the ceramic, metal and architectural components of the site by utilizing the photographs, journals, correspondences, maps and morphological features of the skeletons as presented in the museum archives. This work will be directed in conjunction with Drs. Mary Lucas Powell and Natalie Antunes, the first researchers to study this collection comprehensively. Seven students from various foreign universities will be learning from the instructors while obtaining rigorous and advanced “hands on” knowledge of the osteological material.
Site plan of the Luso-Roman villa of Torre de Palma.
Reconstruction drawing of a map from the 1953 campaign at the cemetery just southwest of the basilica.
Fragment of a terra sigillata vessel from Sala XLIII dating to the 4th and 5th centuries.
1954 campaign at the Capela de São Domingos.
Excavation techniques, level of conservation of the osteological remains and the manner of deposition of a sepulcher outside of the basilica.
Terra sigillata jar retrieved from Sepulture 1A from outside of the Capela de São Domingos.
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