- Growth and development in children’s skeletons from the island of
Astypalaia, Dodecanese, Greece. Collaboration since 1999 with the 22nd
Ephorate of Prehistoric & Classical Antiquities, who are excavating
two large cemeteries on Astypalaia
Notia Kylindra and Katsalos – largely Late Archaic and Early Classical
(between 600 and 400 BC), but continuing into Roman times. The
Director of the 22nd Ephorate is Maria Filimonos, and the
archaeologist responsible for Astypalaia is Maria Kollia. The Kylindra
site is producing the largest archaeological assemblage of baby
skeletons in the world (currently 566 individuals and rising yearly).
The human remains team from UCL is directed by Simon Hillson, and is
responsible for recovering, cleaning, conserving, recording, storing
and cataloguing the skeletons. Ultimately, the aim is a detailed study
of growth in this exceptional assemblage. We are planning to publish
the catalogue as an online database, and set up a study centre and
museum on Astypalaia. The work has been supported by grants from the
Institute of Archaeology, British Academy, and Arts & Humanities
Research Board, and we gratefully acknowledge the support of the mayor
of Astypalaia and the island council.
- BSc Geology & Archaeology, University of Birmingham.
- PhD Institute of Archaeology, University of London.
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