Bioarchaeological Practice and the Curation of Human Skeletal Remains in a Greek Context: The Phaleron Cemetery

Eleni Anna Prevedorou, Jane Buikstra

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Abstract

Human skeletal remains constitute remarkably informative finds, both biologically and socioculturally. Their recovery, preservation, conservation, storage, and analysis are complex issues that need to be addressed within any given biocultural context. Given the country's geography and the long history of human occupation, Greek field archaeology is intense and ongoing, with both rescue and systematic excavations. Human burials are thus frequently encountered in excavations throughout Greece, resulting in the accumulation of osteological material. Some of the common challenges of bioarchaeological research in Greece consist of insufficient time, funding, and documentation in the field; unmet conservation needs and lack of storage space; as well as the long time-gap between excavation and analysis. Here, we give a brief overview of excavation, curation, and bioarchaeological practice within a Greek archaeological framework. We focus on the newly launched Phaleron Bioarchaeological Project on a vast necropolis from the wider Athens region in order to present our methodological approach. Finally, we consider the role of interdisciplinary collaboration in managing large-scale bioarchaeological projects and serving long-term heritage preservation goals. Copyright 2019

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-67
Number of pages8
JournalAdvances in Archaeological Practice
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019

Keywords

  • antigua Atenas
  • Antigüedad Arcaica y Clásica
  • bioarqueología
  • conservación
  • Grecia
  • Palabras clavecuración

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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