• 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 http://www.astypalaia.com/ – 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.

Astypalaia - town of Chora
Astypalaia - Kylindra site

Astypalaia -   AE211

Astypalaia - workbench with baby bones

Astypalaia -    AE211 postcranial bones
Astypalaia -   AE 211 skull
Astypalaia -   AE211 teeth

Educational Background:

  • BSc Geology & Archaeology, University of Birmingham.
  • PhD Institute of Archaeology, University of London.


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