The Conference ran according to schedule, without any last-minute cancellations.
The proceedings were attended by over 240 delegates, including archaeologists, bioarchaeologists, and conservators of the Hellenic Archaeological Service and the Foreign Archaeological Schools at Athens (American School of Classical Studies, British School, German Archaeological Institute, Italian Archaeological School, French School, Norwegian Institute, Dutch Institute and Swedish Archaeological Institute), Greek and non-Greek students of archaeology, university professors (Νational and Kapodistrian University of Athens, University of Western Attica, Panteion University of Social Sciences, University of the Aegean, Democritus University of Thrace, University of Crete – Foundation for Research and Technology), representatives of the Ηellenic National Committee of ICOM and other cultural organizations. The participants’ interest in the subject matter of the Conference was reflected in the high attendance of the sessions, and the several questions they have asked.
During the two-day proceedings, there were discussed issues of ethics, practices and new trends in relation to the overall management of human remains. Indeed, the thirty panel presentations introduced the ethical dimension of this unique resource to the audience, while presenting a few case studies of particular interest as well as current display practices, considered as respectful both to the human nature of remains and to visitors with an ardent interest in the data deriving from their study. Finally, the Conference succeeded in launching in Greece the interdisciplinary dialogue on the subject, which will be continued and significantly promoted through the publication of the Conference proceedings, but mainly though the drafting of a Good Practices Manual on the Management of Human Remains from Excavation Research.
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