Active Research

Since it opened, the lab has facilitated the independent research of over 100 scholars representing more than a dozen countries. In addition to their own research, Wiener Laboratory fellows and associates often provide education to members of the School and to the local and scientific communities through lectures, independent publications, consultations, and hands-on workshops.


Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory bench fees

Effective July 1, 2016, for all research projects at the Wiener Laboratory, excluding Wiener Laboratory Fellowships, Associateships and Wiener Laboratory funded projects, a bench fee is required. The bench fee is levied to cover the additional costs related to basic consumables, equipment and materials not included in the School Fees and Expenses. Different rates apply to students, faculty, and graduates of Cooperating Institutions of the ASCSA than those from non-affiliated institutions. For further details, please see the Bench Fees on the Wiener Laboratory Research Page.


Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory research project partnerships:

Phaleron Archaic/Classical- Period Cemetery analysis

General view of parts of the cemetery showing the variation of burial practices A leader in archaeological scientific research, the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory was recently granted permission to study the cemetery at Phaleron (the old port of Athens). The cemetery is being excavated by Dr. Stella Chrysoulaki, Ephor of Piraeus and Western Attica, and is one of the most significant necropoleis in Attica during the Archaic Period. It was used for almost three centuries, from the late 8th to the early 5th century B.C. To date, over 1,500 burials have been recovered, including nearly 400 infant and child inhumations in jars. A team of top bioarchaeologists representing the Wiener Lab and the American School – led by Prof. Jane Buikstra of Arizona State University (a Trustee of the School and a member of the American Academy of Sciences) in collaboration with Dawnie Steadman, Director of the Forensics Laboratory of the University of Tennessee – will undertake managing the study and scientific analysis of the skeletal remains.

The scope and range of the burials are of unparalleled importance for the study of ancient Athens and its port of Phaleron in the Archaic Period. The potential that these burials provide for increasing our understanding of ancient Greek society is significant. Questions concerning ancient diet and disease, as well as social and political processes--such as the death penalty, political reforms, and legislation-- can potentially be answered. These answers could then lead to comparative studies that would eventually have global impact.

For further information you can visit the Phaleron Bioarchaeological Project’s webpage here.


Current Research Projects (Wiener Laboratory Fellows and ASCSA Members):

William Flint Dibble, Zooarchaeology
Wiener Laboratory Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Flint Dibble from the University of Cincinnati is analyzing zooarchaeological material from the Greek settlement of Azoria in East Crete. Flint hopes to reveal foodways at the site by examining ancient patterns in animal husbandry, sacrificial ritual, butchery, feasting, and even the deposition of food refuse. The results from Azoria will help us understand important social processes during the Iron Age on Crete and in Greece, a period of polis formation, urbanism, and historical change.

Rena Veropoulidou, Environmental archaeology (archaeomalacology)
Wiener Laboratory Programmatic Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Rena Veropoulidou (Hellenic Ministry of Culture & Sports) is analyzing archaeomalacological material from ancient Methone, Pieria (8-4th c. BCE). Rena applies an integrated research strategy aiming at exploring patterns of coastal exploitation and at revealing practices of mollusc food consumption. The results will provide for the first time insights into the role of coastal activities from the Early Iron Age to the Classical period in northern Greece and the Aegean, a period of important social and economic developments.

Justin A. Holcomb, Geoarchaeology
Justin is the current Wiener Laboratory Predoctoral Fellow from Boston University and is constructing a geoarchaeological framework at the Paleolithic site Stélida, on Naxos. Justin is applying a multi-scalar analytical approach to better understand site formation and chronology necessary for understanding the role of the Aegean Basin in facilitating and constraining the initial peopling of southeastern Europe during the Pleistocene..

Aliya Hoff, Human Skeletal Studies
Aliya Hoff (Arizona State University) is a Fulbright Fellow and current Wiener Laboratory Research Associate conducting skeletal analyses for the Phaleron Bioarchaeological Project. Aliya specializes in interpreting patterns of biological relatedness and community inequality from dental morphology and oral pathology. By integrating biological, archaeological, and historical evidence, she examines how conceptions of social identity and personhood relate to systems of power that produce inequality, which in turn has significant implications for understanding the social conditions that shaped democratic institutions in Archaic-Classical Athens.

Dimitrios Roussos, Geoarchaeology
Mr. Dimitris Roussos, current Wiener Laboratory Research Associate, is studying a large concentration of built combustion features uncovered in the Middle Neolithic site of Imvrou Pigadi in Greece.  By applying several methods like micromorphological analyses, X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) and Fourier Transformed Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and following a contextual approach, he is trying to determine the pyro-technological properties of the structures like for instance maximum temperatures reached and duration of combustion, thermal resistance and fuel consumption. Therefore he hopes to assess the hypotheses that the structures were used as kilns for specialized ceramic production this early during the Neolithic.

Eleanna Prevedorou, Human Skeletal Studies
Dr. Eleanna Prevedorou is working on the Phaleron Project (See relevant section above, on the Phaleron Bioarchaeological Project). In addition, Dr. Prevedorou continues to expand on her previous bioarchaeological and biogeochemical research on Aegean prehistory, particularly with regard to the Early Bronze Age in Attica. Most recently, she was responsible for the excavation, curation, and analysis of the human burial found in the Ash Altar on Mt. Lykaion.

Calla McNamee, Geoarchaeology and Archaeobotany
Dr. Calla McNamee from University of Calgary Canada, is continuing her research on Starches and Grains. Calla has sampled groundstone artifacts from a number of sites including Mitrou, Tsoungiza, Tiryns, and Pylos, in order to reconstruct staple subsistence practices from the Final Neolithic through the early Iron Age, a period that encompasses the formation and disintegration of Mycenaean State level society.

Ioanna Moutafi, Human Skeletal Studies
Dr. Ioanna Moutafi, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow in the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, is Senior Visiting Associate Member of the ASCSA, working on the study of human skeletal remains from various Late Bronze Age sites. Her research interests focus on Aegean Prehistory and Social Bioarchaeology, with special emphasis on the social dimensions of prehistoric mortuary practices. With her current H2020 project, MYcenaean SOcial BIOarchaeology (MYSOBIO): Deciphering the interplay of funerary treatment and social dynamics in the Mycenaean period, she aims to reconstruct, to a new level of detail, development in Mycenaean mortuary practice in the Late Bronze Age Aegean (1700-1050 BC), and unravel the diversity of social responses at death and their mutual relationship with wider socio-political developments. The project integrates up-to-date theoretical reflection in mortuary archaeology with interdisciplinary scientific advances in the study of collective skeletal assemblages.

Paraskevi Tritsaroli, Human Skeletal Studies
Dr. Paraskevi (Voula) Tritsaroli from the National History Museum in Paris is Senior Visiting Associate Member of the ASCSA and works on skeletal assemblages from LBA Arcadia and Byzantine Boeotia. These analyses expand on her previous bioarchaeological research on prehistoric and Byzantine Greece and focus on the contextual investigation of life and death ways of past societies in the Aegean.\

Eleni Nodarou, Geoarchaeology and Materials Science
Dr. Eleni Nodarou from INSTAP Study Center for Eastern Crete is participating in various archaeological projects involving analysis of Cretan pottery from the Neolithic to the Byzantine period. Her research focuses on the petrographic analysis of ceramics.