The Bioarchaeology of Roman Crete (and Greece): past work and future prospects

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There has been very little systematic study of human skeletal remains from Roman contexts on Crete, despite the fact that there has been no shortage of excavation of such remains. These have largely been rescue excavations and, due to the overwhelming preference in focus on their prehistoric (particularly Bronze Age Minoan) counterparts, the study of Roman and other historic periods has been side-lined on Crete, and in Greece more broadly. One of my main focuses, and indeed the focus of our mortuary archaeology group at the University of Groningen, is all about the integration and contextualisation of different lines of evidence: osteological, archaeological, textual, iconographical, and epigraphical. This conference provides a forum for identifying opportunities for potential interregional and even interdisciplinary collaborations, where we can work together to see widespread and long-term patterns or comparisons in a holistic way. Therefore, it seems prudent to present a comprehensive overview of the bioarchaeology of Roman Crete: what has been done, the ongoing work, the difficulties and barriers to progress that arise, and the future prospects.
EvenementstitelInternational Congress of Roman Bioarchaeology
Mate van erkenningInternational