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Niki Papakonstantinou

Research Associate
The British School at Athens, The Marc and Ismene Fitch Laboratory for Science-based Archaeology

Niki Papakonstantinou is an osteoarchaeologist (BA in Archaeology and History of Art, NKUA-MA in Prehistoric Archaeology, University of Crete-MSc in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology, University of Sheffield), with training in the excavation of mortuary assemblages, as well as in the laboratory analysis of human skeletal remains. She is specialized in the study of skeletal assemblages that derive from collective burials and are found in a commingled and fragmentary state of preservation. She has worked as a contract osteoarchaeologist for the Hellenic Ministry of Culture (33rd Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Ephorate of Antiquities of Arta).

Since 2009, she has participated in several research projects involving the study of human skeletal remains (e.g. Crete, Messinia, Argolid). She is currently undertaking her PhD at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, on the bioarchaeological and taphonomic analysis of the human skeletal remains from the Mycenaean Chamber Tomb Cemetery at Kolikrepi-Spata, Attica (funded by State Scholarship Foundation).

Her research employs a taphonomic approach and seeks to provide insights into Mycenaean mortuary practices with a special emphasis on the manipulation of the human body.

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