Human Osteoarchaeology

Human osteoarchaeological research at STARC explores the living conditions in different Mediterranean populations from prehistory to Medieval times, using macroscopic, microscopic and biochemical methods. Such research is uniquely positioned to address topics pertaining to the daily life, mobility, activity patterns, demography, health and diet of past populations, from the level of distinct individuals to that of broader groups. In this way, human osteoarchaeology can shed light on the life of individuals traditionally neglected or marginalized in textual data, such as women, children and ‘common’ people, democratizing archaeology. We are currently actively involved in projects across Cyprus but also in the broader Mediterranean, as seen in the below maps.