Astypalaia Bioarchaeology Field School
- This project is examining the following period[s] : Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic - most burials are 600-400 B.C.
Classes are based in our bioarchaeology laboratory. We work for five weeks, 6 days per week, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.
This avoids the hottest part of the day and gives everyone time for rest and private study. Breakfast and lunch are provided at the laboratory and an evening meal is provided in the yard of our accommodation. No meals are provided on our Saturday day off - students go to a restaurant or buy food at a supermarket. We live in pleasant studio style accommodation which is about 30 minutes walk away from the bioanthropology laboratory where we work. It is a beautiful walk but you will need to be reasonably fit physically to enjoy doing it every day. Similarly, we walk back down after work, but that at least is downhill. Otherwise, all the work for the Field School takes place in the laboratory and the area around it. We do not work outside on the cemetery site itself.
What you will learn:
excavation, recovery, cleaning and conservation of archaeological children's remains
planning and photography of burials, macrophotography of small bones and teeth
detailed anatomy and identification of young children's skeleton and dentition
measurement, cataloguing and database of bones and teeth
methodology and issues in the study of human remains
an introduction to Greek island culture
The project is based on the largest ancient children's cemetery in the world. Nowhere else will you have such an opportunity to learn about the study of young children's remains at first hand. Everyone on the team is taught to carry out all the jobs required for the work, and everyone has responsibility for working on burials from start to finish. The work is challenging and you will learn skills that can be applied to any archaeological project. The Professor Hillson's team has been collaborating with the Ephorate of Antiquities of the Dodecanese (the Greek archaeological service for the region) continuously since 2000, so the project is well established and we have gained a great deal of experience in working with this difficult material.
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- Director/ Project Organiser: Prof. Simon Hillson
- Organisation or Institution: Institute of Archaeology, University College London
- Email Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org