Excavation & Analysis
The Staatssammlung für Anthropologie München holds a large part of the human skeletal material recovered in Bavaria. It thus represents an interface between the preservation of archaeological monuments, excavation companies, science, teaching and commercial osteoarchaeology. Therefore, within the scope of its mandate, it has a special interest in ensuring the proper handling of the material entrusted to it even before delivery and during external processing. Therefore, the SAM has developed recommendations for the excavation of human remains and professional standards for osteological analysis. A further aim of these recommendations is to collect anthropological data in a uniform, and thus comparable, form, which is to be sustainably secured in the SAM and made accessible to an interested specialist public.
In the future, the SAM will conduct training courses on the subject, mainly aimed at appropriately qualified and commercially active osteoanthropologists. These will conclude with a certificate. Material of the collection will only be lent to commercially active colleagues for osteological analysis, who can show an appropriate certificate. Furthermore, it is recommended to use only a SAM trained osteoarchaeologist on excavations, who can show a current SAM certificate.