It's All in the Bones: What Human Remains Reveal about Life in the Ancient Greek World

Denison University

The scientific study of ancient human remains reveals important information about life in past societies. Based on careful visual inspection, it is possible to determine the age, sex, stature, and state of health of skeletons, while biomolecular analysis of bone can provide insight into diet, migration, and DNA patterns. Using human remains from the Greek site of Kamarina in southeastern Sicily (ca. 5th to 3rd c. BCE) as a case study, this talk focusedĀ on the ways in which burials and their contents shed light on life and death in an ancient Greek city.