A Look Inside the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science
Dr. Melinda A. Zeder and Dr. Panagiotis Karkanas
The Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) is an active research department dedicated to archaeological science in Greece. The building replaces the previous lab Wiener founded in 1992, and adds cutting-edge equipment: a scanning electron microscope, a portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometer, and a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer. The lab provides both American and international scholars of archaeological science in the eastern Mediterranean the tools and resources to answer a variety of scientifically-based questions in the fields of bioarchaeology, geoarchaeology, archaeobotany, and zooarchaeology.
Join Dr. Panagiotis Karkanas, Director of the Wiener Laboratory of the ASCSA, and Dr. Melinda A. Zeder, Curator of Old World Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, as they discuss ongoing projects at the Wiener Laboratory, including the study of more than 1,500 skeletons from one of the largest cemeteries ever unearthed in Greece: the ancient Phaleron cemetery.
Dr. Panagiotis Karkanas is Director of the Wiener Laboratory of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. He holds a PhD in geology from the University of Athens and has performed geoarchaeological research in archaeological sites of almost all cultural periods and associated landscapes in Greece. He has participated in international geoarchaeological projects in South Africa, China, Israel, France, Spain, Hungary, Albania, and Cyprus. Dr. Karkanas’ research interests encompass site-formation processes, palaeoenvironmental reconstructions, and techniques and methods related to petrography, mineralogy, sedimentary analysis, chemical analysis, and provenance studies.
Melinda Zeder is a Senior Research Scientist and Curator of Old World Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, and holds a PhD from the University of Michigan. She came to the Smithsonian in 1981 as a pre-doctoral fellow, and was a Smithsonian Research Associate from 1982 to 1989, during which time she headed her own independent consulting firm. She served as deputy chair of the Smithsonian’s Department of Anthropology from 1989 to 1992 when she assumed the position of research scientist in the Archaeobiology Program, which she then directed from 2002 to 2010.
Discover the early work of the American School of Classical Studies in the Papers of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens from 1882 to 1897 (volumes 1-6). The periodical continued beyond 1897 as the American Journal of Archaeology, to which the Athenæum continues to subscribe.
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