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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Africa - Somaliland - Forensic Anthropology and Human Rights Field School in the Horn of Africa - 2015

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2015-03-16
End Date 2015-04-12

Multiple Session information


Archaeology Field School Location

Hargeisa, Somaliland

Academic Credit

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Provided as part of the field school

Archaeology Field School Travel
Air fare to Hargeisa
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

$4300 USD

Archaeology Field School Description

Somaliland was a part of the former Republic of Somalia. The regime of Mohammed Siad Barre carried out massacres against the people of Somaliland. About 60,000 civilians were killed and thousands were victims of enforced disappearance before the declaration of independence, in 1991.
Now, EPAF’s Field Schools in Hargeisa will help to determine the universe of missing people through a systematic approach that includes ante mortem data collection, research of mass graves and analysis of human remains.
In this 4-weeks Field School, the participants will assist in training the staff of the War Crimes Investigation Commission (WCIC) of Somaliland in forensic investigation of human rights violations. At the completion of the course, the participants will have an understanding of the application of forensic sciences to the investigation of Human Rights violations, as well as the process involved in the examination, recovery and analysis of mass graves and their contents.
Prior to arrival to Hargeisa, participants will receive a reading package on the culture, politics and recent history of Somaliland, as well as their legacy of human rights violations. During the first day, students will receive an introductory lecture on the various aspects to be con- sidered in an intervention of this nature.
In the field, participants will be guided through the exhumation process from mass graves selected by the War Crimes Investigation Commission of Somaliland, including (but not limited) to surveying, mapping, collection of surface evidence and exhumation procedures.
In the morgue, participants –together with members of the staff of WCIC- will be exposed to the examination of remains and associated artefacts, as well as clean and storage recovered remains and associat- ed artefacts. They will be guided through the process of aging, sexing, calculate stature, biological affinity and trauma. In addition, they will prepare individual reports.
The application process for the Field School consists of:
? Request and submit by e-mail the Somaliland application form to fieldschool@epafperu. org
? Make a non-refundable deposit of US$ 200 before January 15th, 2015.
? Participate in an interview (via Skype) with one of the Field School Facilitators. These interviews should take place in early February 2015.
The estimated cost for Field School participants is US$4300. A first payment of US$ 2150 should be completed by January 31st, 2015, and a second payment of US$ 2150 should be completed by February 28th, 2015.
The costs include:
? Accommodation at Adams’s Inn Hotel, a peaceful environment, with all basic services for the participants’ comfort.
? Three daily meals for the entire month. The costs do not include:
? Air tickets
? Travel insurances
? Bank fees
The recommended carrier will be Ethiopian Airlines, to guar-
antee direct flights to Hargeisa.
For further information on payment methods, please write to

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology

Time Period

Four Weeks, 16th March 2015 - 12th April 2015

Field School Setting/Conditions

The site is within a residential area of Hargeisa, a short drive from the hotel.

How is the project area accessed each day

Via mini van

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
Two years
Is there a professional certification for this field school


Directors and Instructors

JOSE PABLO BARAYBAR has over 20 years of experience as a forensic anthropologist. He has consulted and/or trained on the use of forensics in cases of Human Rights violations in Guatemala, Colombia, Venezuela, Haiti, Ethiopia, the Congo, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Iraq, and the Philippines. He served as forensic anthropologist for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in 1996 and as Chief Forensic Anthropologist/ Archaeologist for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) from 1996-2002.
FRANCO MORA is an Archaeologist trained as a bioarchaeologist early in his career, and he was also trained in forensic anthropology since joining the EPAF in 2007. Mr. Mora has worked on several human rights cases as expert of the Prosecutor or of the defense, in Peru and countries as Colombia, Guatemala, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somaliland, Algeria, Mexico, Brazil and the United States.
CHRIS COBB-SMITH served for twenty years in the British Army, retiring in 1994. Recruited by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, he gained further operational experience as an UNSCOM weapons inspector in Iraq and as a monitor for the OSCE’s Kosovo Verification Mission. Increasing awareness that journalists were ill prepared for hostile environments led to him founding Chiron Resources to provide specialist media support.

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

At the completion of the course, the participants will have an understanding of the application of forensic sciences to the investigation of Human Rights violations, as well as the process involved in the examination, recovery and analysis of mass graves and their contents.

On rain days will there be lab work?


Will there be additional organized activities?

On previous field schools, students have been able to visit local archaeological sites, the local market and restaurants.

Will there be additional organized activities?


Is travel restriced during free time?

Yes, travel during free time is only allowed as a group and when it has been organised in advance.

Other resources students will find useful

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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