Anthropology project gives students hands-on experience

If any skeletons roam the New College campus during Halloween week, they should watch out for Kara DiComo. The anthropology student buried a fake skeleton last week and unearthed it as part of her thesis project, and she will stage another burial later in the semester.
“For my thesis I decided that I wanted to look into a form of documentation technology called 3D photogrammetry,” said DiComo, “which involved taking a series of 2D photos that can be used to create a 3D model, and how it can potentially be used in relation to the documentation and analysis of human skeletal remains.”
DiComo created a mock burial site with the help of Professor of Anthropology and Heritage Studies Uzi Baram, the founding director of the New College Public Archaeology Lab, and a team of volunteers. The lab’s recent acquisition of the skeleton enabled DiComo to complete her work.
“This entire project was only possible because NCPAL not only had a suitable space to place my mock burial,” she said, “but also, and more importantly, had the proper equipment needed to perform the excavation.”
DiComo attended a bioarchaeology field program at a medieval cemetery during summer break after her sophomore year at New College. Researchers there were using photogrammetry to document the excavation site, which sparked her interest in the technique.
The final step in the process is to create 3D models of the site using specialized software. DiComo’s next excavation will be a surface scatter, which more closely mimics the forensic anthropological work she hopes to pursue after graduation.

Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida is a top-ranked public liberal arts college and the state's Honors College of Florida. New College prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement by providing a highly individualized education that integrates academic rigor with career-building experiences. New College offers 45 undergraduate majors in arts, humanities and sciences, a master’s degree program in data science, and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills.

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