Project Description


This project involves the systematic, research driven excavation and bioarchaeological investigation of human skeletal remains from the cemetery of Hågerup, which spans the period from the 12th through to the 16th centuries CE in Denmark. The project will take place over the course of the next 5–8 years, and involves collaboration between ADBOU (the University of Southern Denmark),Øhavsmuseet in Fåborg and the University of Toronto. As a research-driven project, it provides researchers (and students) with the unprecedented opportunity to collect valuable information from an untouched medieval cemetery. Collaboration between ADBOU and Øhavsmuseet in Fåborg will allow a contextual, landscape approach to be incorporated into the bioarchaeological investigation of the cemetery.

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Course Details

  • Course Dates: May 14-Jun 17 2017
  • Enrollment Status: CLOSED
  • Total Cost: $4,300
  • Course Type: Bioarchaeology, Field Archaeology
  • Payment Deadline: April 21, 2017
  • Instructors: Dr. Julia Gamble, Prof. Jesper Boldsen, Prof. George Milner, Ms. Dorthe Pedersen
  • Orientation:  April 12, 2017; 4 PM Pacific Daylight Time
Program Closed


The directors welcome emails and inquiries about the research elements of this project. More general information (tuition, health insurance, and payment schedule) can be found under the ‘Students’ tab above. Any further questions may be addressed to IFR staff. Additional details about research, course schedule, travel, accommodation, and safety can be found on the syllabus. Contacting the directors or the IFR office is encouraged and appreciated. It may help you determine if this field school is a good fit for you.

Dr. Julia Gamble
Dr. Julia Gamble
Dr. Gamble is an Assistant Professor (Teaching Stream) at the Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto
Prof. Jesper Boldsen
Prof. Jesper Boldsen
Prof. Boldsen is a Professor at the Institute of Forensic Medicine and Department of Anthropology (ADBOU), University of Southern Denmark
Prof. George Milner
Prof. George Milner
Prof. Milner is a Full Professor at the Department of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University
Ms. Dorthe Pedersen
Ms. Dorthe Pedersen
Ms. Pedersen is a Research Assistant & PhD Student at the Institute of Forensic Medicine and Department of Anthropology (ADBOU), University of Southern Denmark


The Danish bioarchaeology field school was a wonderful opportunity to learn bioarchaeological techniques while exploring the European medieval world. This eye-opening hands-on experience allowed students to obtain skeletal identification and pathological recognition skills. I have no doubt that these transferable skills will be an asset on future archaeological and/or forensic projects. The staff at the field school were of the highest caliber and are truly some of the friendliest people in the world. You guys rock, thanks for an awesome summer!
Liam Wadsworth, University of Toronto (2016)
This field school gave me hands on experience with human remains that I simply could not have experienced anywhere else. This was a once in a lifetime chance to be able to see palaeopathologies, and experience the bioarchaeology of Denmark. If you want an amazing academic experience, I could not recommend this field school enough!
Julianna Hany, University of Toronto

Tuition Includes:

  • Costs of instruction
  • Cost of Academic Credits
  • Room & board
  • All local transportation
  • Health Insurance

Student Fees

A nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required to secure a seat in this program.  This program requires an application (no application fee is requested). Only accepted students should pay the deposit fee. Deposit fee is part of the program Tuition. The remaining tuition, minus the $500 deposit, must be paid prior to the tuition deadline (see above under “Course Details”).

Important Note: If you were accepted to this program but did not cancel your participation by the tuition payment deadline, you are legally responsible for the full tuition regardless of attendance in this program. Please read the IFR Cancellation Policy for further clarification.

  • A 2.5% Processing Fee is automatically assessed for all credit/debit card payments
  • A $100 Late Fee will be assessed if full tuition payment is not completed by the deadline.
  • Look at the field school syllabus above for room & board details.


Accommodation for the duration of this field school will be at the Dalum Agricultural College which is a student residence through the year. Students will be lodged in dorm rooms which are basic but clean and furnished with a bed, desk, wardrobe, and sink. There is one bed per room. There are shared toilets down the hall, as well as shared showers in a separate room.  Wifi will be available at the college.

All meals will be communal with breakfast and dinner served at the college. Each student will be responsible for packing a lunch from food served during dinner or breakfast. Breakfast generally consists of a range of breads, cheese, cold-cut meat, cereals, fruit, and cold vegetables / salad. Dinner usually includes salad and/or vegetables, and a meat or hot dish. Meals are generally well balanced and substantial and will include a range of traditional Danish foods to accommodate the students at the agricultural college who are often from farming backgrounds. You will see the primary meats being pork, fish, and some chicken.

Vegetarian diets are easily accommodated with vegetables / salad, cheese, eggs, and bread being readily available at most meals. There is no guarantee that vegan diets will be accommodated through the Dalum kitchen, but in such circumstances particularly the protein component can be supplemented through the local grocery store located very close to the college. No other dietary condition can be accommodated in this project unless first cleared by the field school director – Dr. Julia Gamble

Denmark: Odense
Denmark Odense

Travel Info

All students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to Odense, Denmark and arrive on Sunday, May 14. The recommended method of travel is to fly to Copenhagen International Airport (CPH) and take a train from there to Odense. Trains leave directly from the airport to Copenhagen Central Station. From there, regular trains leave to Odense. Train tickets can be booked in advance via the DSB website ( Upon arrival in Odense, students will be met by a member of the project team at the central train station on May 14 at 1pm and then again at 4pm by project staff. The meeting point will be at the bottom of the escalators by the 7-Eleven. Students should ensure that they have sent their time of arrival to Dr. Gamble in advance.

This program concludes on Friday, June 16 afternoon. Students may depart for their return home, or onward travel, anytime on Saturday, June 17.

If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text or email project director immediately. A local emergency cell phone number will be provided to all enrolled students.

Student Safety

Student safety is paramount for the IFR. Unlike many universities who are self-insured, the IFR purchases a range of high end insurance policies from some of the largest insurers in the world. Students in all our international programs have a comprehensive health insurance policy. It covers sickness, and chronic and mental health conditions at 100% of the cost. We have a strong evacuation and extraction policy. We can remove students from any location anywhere in the world with one phone call – whether medical evacuation, political or natural disaster extraction and anything in between. We purchase intelligence services from a global private provider and monitor the world 24/7. We automatically enroll our students to the US State Department STEP program. All of our students receive safety orientations both before and on the first day of each program. Our faculty have all been working in the areas where we operate field schools for years. They are intimately familiar with local customs and traditions, know the landscape well and have deep relationships with local communities.

All our domestic programs are coordinated with local authorities which are informed of our operations. Students in domestic programs are covered by their own health insurance and evacuations are managed by local emergency services, as appropriate.

The IFR has strong, explicit and robust policy towards discrimination and harassment in the field (click here for a shortcut). If students feel they cannot discuss personal safety issues with the field school staff, the IFR operates an emergency hotline where students can contact IFR personnel directly.

Travel does involve risk, but we try to minimize this risk as much as possible. Call us at 877-839-4374 or email us at if you have questions about the safety of particular programs.