Archaeology differs from reading a history book in such a way that it is possible not only to learn and understand the past, but also to grasp a part of it in ones hand. It is a thrilling and tantalizing prospect to excavate something that dates back so many years. It presents an opportunity that only archaeologists have and that is why I feel privileged to have studied and practiced my profession up until now. To not only discover objects of the past but also to learn about the peoples themselves, by means of studying their remains has stirred my curiosity in osteoarchaeology and it is why I wish to pursue this field of interest.
During my Bachelor studies I wrote a paper concerning horse burials in the Middle East. It was here that I developed an affinity for examining physiological and morphological changes due to developmental conditions, diseases and nutrition. Yet my interest grew towards the understanding of these processes on human remains and how these affected their preservation.
After achieving my Master of Archaeology in 2010 I engrossed myself further in osteoarchaeology by gaining practical knowledge in its study. Hence, I was immediately contracted by an archaeological company and was given the responsibility of several projects, some of which contained a number of human burials. This gave me the opportunity to gain a better understanding of excavating human remains and preserving them. It enabled me to work with forensic anthropologists in conducting research on these findings and helped to extend my knowledge on the matter as well as fuel my determination to study osteoarchaeology. By actively working within the field of archaeology I acquired ample professional experience in conducting archaeological excavations as well as leading projects. Apart from obtaining practical experience I bettered myself by studying the theoretical aspect of dealing with human remains. In this light I started to read additional literature by... [continues]
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