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Student Jess will dig her ‘gory’ trip

Aaron Wise 18th Jul, 2016 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A UNIVERSITY of Worcester student has been awarded a scholarship to spend the summer on a ‘gory’ excavation trip to Cyprus.

Jess File, a second year archaeology and heritage student, has been awarded £400 by the university’s scholarship panel to support her field trip to the Mediterranean island, where she will spend the summer excavating and analysing human skeletons in a cemetery.

“My interests lie on the more gory side of archaeology, particularly around death and burial, so this field trip is an amazing opportunity for me,” said the 19-year-old.

“In Cyprus I’ll be volunteering on a dig excavating human remains and learning more about pathology, anatomy and osteology. The site is very modern and the skeletons date from 1970 to 2010, so there are a lot of ethical, cultural and social sensitivities to factor in as well.

“It’s incredible to imagine the lives of the people you are working with, whether they are modern human remains or ancient artifacts, they all tell a story.

“The past is amazingly interesting and unbelievably vast. Understanding it can improve our knowledge of the change people have undergone and this in turn can teach us more about the future and present.

“Overall, this is an invaluable opportunity for me and the experience I’ll gain will really help me develop as an archaeologist. I’ll be using the scholarship to help fund the trip and in doing so, it will support me in my long term plan to become a forensic archaeologist,” she added.

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