6 Αυγούστου 2020
|19:00 - 20:30||
Plagues and Pandemics in the past: the evidence from Thebes - Live from the Lab Ep.3
Maria Liston received a BA and MA in Classics a BA and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. She was a Student Associate member of the ASCSA in 1989-1990, the first Wiener Laboratory Professor in 2004-2005, and a Whitehead Professor in 2016-2017. She is a skeletal biologist and archaeologist, focusing on the excavation and analysis of human remains and their mortuary contexts. She co-authored The Agora Bone Well (2018), a study of a well containing 449 infant and fetal skeletons, probably deposited by midwives working in Hellenistic Athens.
Recently she has begun work on a well from the Swiss excavations at Eretria, Greece that also has a large number of infant skeletons in the fill and promises to provide an important comparison to the Agora well. She also is currently documenting skeletons from an early Christian cemetery found in in the Sanctuary of Apollo in Thebes. This cemetery was associated with an early hospice or hospital; many of the individuals buried there suffered from leprosy, and two mass graves suggest there were victims of the Plague of Justinian, and she will be talking about this project in the webinar.
Senior Associate Member, Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science