Phaleron Bioarchaeological Project

Since the early 1900s there was known the existence of a cemetery at the Delta of Phaleron in Greece and its archaeological significance. A century later, the construction of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) brought to light thousands of burials from the extensive Phaleron cemetery. In order for the SNFCC to be completed, large-scale excavations took place between 2012 and 2016 by the Ephorate of Piraeus and Islands (Greek Ministry of Culture) under the direction of Dr. Stella Chryssoulaki.

In 2015, an international collaborative project was established for the contextualized bioarchaeological analysis and interpretation of the Phaleron cemetery and a specialized team of bioarchaeologists, forensic anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians were assembled for this purpose. The Phaleron Bioarchaeological Project is taking place at the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Sciences of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in collaboration with Arizona State University, and the Ephorate of Piraeus and Islands.

Duration: 2015-ongoing

Coordinator (PI): Prof. Jane Buikstra

Participants: An international team (see more HERE) but from CIAS, Carina Marques, Ricardo Gomes and Néstor Canales

Financial support: The Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation, The Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation, The Desnick Family, Arizona State University, Ephorate of Antiquities of West Attica, Piraeus, and the Islands (Hellenic Ministry of Culture), National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Grant, National Science Foundation, Senior Archaeology Award, The Rust Family Foundation, Archaeology Grant.