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Wiener Laboratory Publications

 Wiener Laboratory Monographs


Four Wiener Laboratory Monographs have been published in collaboration with other publishers. This is not currently a continuing series.

  • Archaeodiet in the Greek World: Dietary Reconstruction from Stable Isotope Analysis. Occasional Wiener Laboratory Series 2 (OWLS 2), Subset of Hesperia Supplement 49, edited by Anastasia Papathanasiou, Michael P. Richards, and Sherry C. Fox (2015). The reconstruction of past diets, through stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis, provides direct evidence of the foods actually consumed in past societies and complements the address of archaeological issues including past subsistence economies, health, differential access to certain food categories in correlation with social status, age or gender, temporal shifts in protein consumption and their association with documented socio-political shifts, the role of fishing or millet as well as cultural differences in dietary patterns. The eleven chapters of this book summarize 25 years of research and cover a broad temporal and geographical spectrum from the Palaeolithic to Medieval Eras of the Greek world, making Greece isotopically the most extensively studied place in the world.


                  Buy the book online from Casemate Academic (in North America),

                  or from Oxbow Books (outside North America).

                  See review of publication at the American Journal of Physical Anthropology



  • New Directions in the Skeletal biology of Greece. Occasional Wiener Laboratory Series (OWLS), Subset of Hesperia Supplement monographic series, edited by Lynne A. Schepartz, Sherry C. Fox and Chryssi Bourbou (2009). Physical Anthropology, the study of human skeletal remains, has assumed an increasingly important role in the archaeology of Greece over the past 30 years, both in the field and in interpretive research. In addition to including stimulating case studies ranging in date from the Palaeolithic to modern periods, the 17 chapters in this book provide an overview of bioarchaeological research across Greece and Cyprus.

                 Download OWLS 2009 table of contents.


                 Buy the book online


  • Paleodiet in the Aegean, edited by S. J. Vaughan and W. D. E. Coulson (2000) is available from Oxbow Books


  • The Practical Impact of Science on Near Eastern and Aegean Archaeology, edited by S. Pike and S. Gitin (1999) is available from Archetype Publications


Selected Publications

Marinova, E., Ntinou, M., 2017. Neolithic woodland management and land-use in south-eastern Europe: The anthracological evidence from Northern Greece and Bulgaria. QUATERNARY INTERNATIONAL (in press,

Chovalopoulou, ME., Bertsatos, A., Manolis, S. K.., 2017. Landmark based sex discrimination on the crania of archaeological Greek populations. A comparative study based on the cranial sexual dimorphism of a modern Greek population. MEDITERRANEAN ARCHAEOLOGY AND ARCHAEOMETRY 17 (1), 37-46.

Starkovich, B. M., Ntinou, M., 2017. Climate change, human population growth, or both? Upper Paleolithic subsistence shifts in southern Greece. QUATERNARY INTERNATIONAL 428, 17-32.

Ntinou, M., Tsartsidou, G., 2016. Domestic and ritual use of plants and fuels in the neolithic cave of Alepotrypa, southern Peloponnese, Greece: The wood charcoal and phytolith evidence. QUATERNARY INTERNATIONAL (in press,

Elefanti, P., Andreasen, N., Kardulias N., P., Marshall, G., 2016. Lithics past and present; perspectives on chipped stone studies in Greece. STUDIES IN MEDITERRANEAN ARCHAEOLOGY VOL. CXLIV, Astroms forlag, Uppsala.

Schulting, R., Vaiglova, P., Crozier, R., Reimer, P., 2016. Further isotopic evidence for seaweed-eating sheep from Neolithic Orkney. JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE: REPORTS (in press).

Moutafi, I., Voutsaki, S., 2016. Commingled burials and shifting notions of the self at the onset of the Mycenaean era (1700–1500 BCE): The case of the Ayios Vasilios North Cemetery, Laconia. JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE: REPORTS 10, 780-790.

Chovalopoulou, ME., Papageorgopoulou, C., Bertsatos, A., 2016. Cranium asymmetry in a modern Greek population sample of known age and sex. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LEGAL MEDICINE (in press).

Chovalopoulou, ME., Bertsatos, A., Papageorgopoulou, C., 2016. Age-related changes in the craniofacial region in a modern Greek population sample of known age and sex. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LEGAL MEDICINE (in press).

Gouma, M., Karkanas, P., 2016. The physical environment in Northern Greece at the advent of the Neolithic. QUATERNARY INTERNATIONAL (in press).

Tourloukis, V., Thompson, N., Garefalakis, Ch., Karkanas, P., Konidaris, G.E., Panagopoulou, E., Harvati, K. 2016. New Middle Palaeolithic sites from the Mani Peninsula, Southern Greece. JOURNAL OF FIELD ARCHAEOLOGY 41, 68-83.

Karkanas, P., Brown, K.S., Fisher, E.C., Jacobs, Z., Marean, C.W. 2015. Interpreting human behavior from depositional rates and combustion features through the study of sedimentary microfacies at site Pinnacle Point 5-6, South Africa. JOURNAL OF HUMAN EVOLUTION 85, 1-21.

Erich C. Fisher, E.C., Akkaynak, D., Harris, J., Herries, A.I.R., Jacobs, Z., Karkanas, P., Marean, C.W., McGrathi, J.R., 2015. Technical considerations and methodology for creating high-resolution, color-corrected, and georectified photomosaics of stratigraphic sections at archaeological sites. JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE 57, 380-394.

Tourloukis, V., Karkanas P., Wallinga, J., 2015. Revisiting Kokkinopilos: Middle Pleistocene radiometric dates for stratified archaeological remains in Greece. JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE 57, 355-369.

Tsartsidou, G., Karkanas, P., Marshall, G., Kyparissi-Apostolika, N., 2015. Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction and flora exploitation at the Palaeolithic cave of Theopetra, central Greece: the evidence from phytolith analysis. ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND ANTHROPOLOGICAL SCIENCES 7, 169-185.

Ghilardi Μ., Psomiadis, D., Pavlopoulos, K., Müller-Celka, S., Fachard, S., Theurillat, T., S. Verdan, S., Theodoropoulou, T.,  Knodell, A., Bonneau, A., Delanghe-Sabatier, D., 2014. Holocene shoreline reconstruction in the vicinity of the Apollo temple, Ancient Eretria (Euboea, Greece): consequences for human occupation from the Late Neolithic to Roman Period. GEOMORPHOLOGY 208, 225-237.

K. Moraitis, C. Eliopoulos, E. Zorba, Fox S.C., 2014. A test of the revised auricular surface aging method on a modern European population. JOURNAL OF FORENSIC SCIENCES 59, 188-194.

Nikita, E., 2014. The use of generalized linear models and generalized estimating equations in bioarchaeological studies. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY 153, 473-483.

Nikita, E., Mattingly, D., Lahr, M.M. 2014. Dental indicators of adaptation in the Sahara Desert during the Late Holocene. HOMO – JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE HUMAN BIOLOGY 65, 381-399.

Zorba, E. Vanna, V., Moraitis, K., 2014. Title: Sexual dlimorpbism of root length on a Greek population sample. HOMO – JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE HUMAN BIOLOGY 65, 143-154.

Stathopoulou, E., Theodoropoulou, T., Phoca-Cosmetatou, N., 2013. Black fish bones in waterlogged deposits: the case of the Neolithic lake settlement of Dispilio, Greece, ARCHAEOFAUNA 13, 51-74.

Margaritis, E.,  2013. Distinguishing exploitation, domestication, cultivation and production: the olive in the third millennium Aegean. ANTIQUITY 87, 746-757.

Harvati, K., Darlas, A., Bailey, S.E., Shara E., Rein, T.R., Thomas R., El Zaatari, S., Fiorenza, L., Kullmer, 0., Psathi, E., 2013. New Neanderthal remains from Mani peninsula, Southern Greece: The Kalamakia Middle Paleolithic cave site.  JOURNAL OF HUMAN EVOLUTION 64, 486-499.

Vika, E., Theodoropoulou, T., 2012. Re-investigating fish consumption in Greek antiquity: results from delta C-13 and delta N-15 analysis from fish bone collagen. JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE 39, 1618-1627.

Tritsaroli, P., 2011. Artificial cranial modification on a female skeleton from the Byzantine site of Maroneia (Thrace, Greece). INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OSTEOARCHAEOLOGY 21, 464-478.

El Zaatari. S., Grine, F.E., Ungar, P.S., Hublin, J.J., 2011. Ecogeographic variation in Neandertal dietary habits: Evidence from occlusal molar microwear texture analysis. JOURNAL OF HUMAN EVOLUTION 61, 411-424.

Fox, S.C., Eliopoulos, C., Moutafi, I., Manolis, S.K., 2011. A simple technique for imaging the human skeleton using a flatbed scanner. JOURNAL OF FORENSIC SCIENCES 56, 154-157.

Christidou, R., Coqueugniot, E., Gourichon, L., 2009. Neolithic Figurines Manufactured from Phalanges of Equids from Dja'de el Mugbara, Syria. JOURNAL OF FIELD ARCHAEOLOGY 34, 319-335.

Manolis, S.K., Eliopoulos, C., Koilias, C.G., Fox S.C., 2009. Sex determination using metacarpal biometric data from the Athens Collection. FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL 193, 130.e1-130.e6.

Margaritis, E., Jones, M., 2008. Crop processing of Olea europaea L.: an experimental approach for the interpretation of archaeobotanical olive remains. VEGETATION HISTORY AND ARCHAEOBOTANY 17, 381-392.

Margaritis, E., Jones, M., 2008. Olive oil production in Hellenistic Greece: the interpretation of charred olive remains from the site of Tria Platania, Macedonia, Greece (fourth-second century BC). VEGETATION HISTORY AND ARCHAEOBOTANY 17, 393-401.

Nafplioti, A., 2008. “Mycenaean" political domination of Knossos following the Late Minoan IB destructions on Crete: negative evidence from strontium isotope ratio analysis ((87)Sr/(86)Sr). JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE 35, 2307-2317.

Brecoulaki, H., Fiorin, E., Vigato, P.A., 2006. The funerary klinai of tomb 1 from Amphipolis and a sarcophagus from ancient Tragilos, eastern Macedonia: a physico-chemical investigation on the painting materials. JOURNAL OF CULTURAL HERITAGE 7, 301-311.

Brace, C.L., Seguchi, N., Quintyn, C.B., Fox, S.C., Nelson, A.R., Manolis, S.K., Qifeng, P., 2006. The questionable contribution to the Neolithic and the Bronze Age to European cranio-facial form. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES 103, 242-247.

Colombini, M.P., Carmignani, A., Modugno, F., Frexzato, F., Olchini, A., Brecoulaki, H., Vassilopoulou, V., Karkanas, P. 2004. Integrated analytical techniques for the study of ancient Greek polychromy. TALANTA 63, 839-848.

Bourbou C., 2003. Health Patterns of Proto-Byzantine Populations (6th-7th centuries AD) in South Greece: the Cases of Eleutherna (Crete) and Messene (Peloponnese). INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OSTEOARCHAEOLOGY 13, 303-313.

Fox S.C., 2002. The human skeletal remains: a preliminary report. Appendix 5, A Cypriot Village of Late Antiquity: Kalavasos-Kopetra in the Vasilikos Valley. M. Rautman. JOURNAL OF ROMAN ARCHAEOLOGY Supplementary Series Number 52, 274-277.

Evershed, R.P., Vaughan, S.J., Dudd, S.N., Soles, J., 1997. Fuel for thought? Beeswax in lamps and conical cups from late Minoan Crete. ANTIQUITY 71, 979-985.

Vaughan, S.J., 1995. Ceramic petrology and petrography in the Aegean. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY 99, 115-117.

Tyree, E.L., 1994. Phytolith analysis of olive oil and wine sediments for possible identification of in archeology. CANADIAN JOURNAL OF BOTANY-REVUE CANADIENNE DE BOTANIQUE 72, 499-504.