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Crete Fieldschool 2019

The skeletal material for this study is selected from the cemeteries of St. Konstantinos and Pateles, Heraklion, Crete. The bones are gathered, cleaned and placed in boxes and stored in a special room all together or in family tombs if exists. Unless living members of a deceased person can afford to keep them in the grave with a “rental fee” it is to be inhumed in a designated area by the city. Current Director of the fieldschool (E. Kranioti) was given permission by the local District Attorney according to standard procedure, to create a skeletal collection known as the Cretan collection for developing standards for modern Greeks. The collection is stored at the Forensic Pathology department of the ministry of Justice.

This year’s field school will concentrate on finishing the documentation of the collection. More specifically students will have the opportunity to:


  1. Prepare an inventory of the remains

  2. Record the completeness of the individual skeletons

  3. Describe the condition of the remains

  4. Identify unique or interesting patterns of morphological variation

  5. Estimate the age of and stature of part of the sample

  6. Assess patterns of health and disease in the sample

  7. Assess antemortem and perimortem trauma for cranial and postcranial

  8. Take measurements of several elements and assess bilateral asymmetries

  9. Attend lectures on forensic casework by staff of the University of Crete and the local Forensic Pathology division of the Hellenic Ministery of Justice.


















                                 Example of a skeleton of the Cretan collection


In addition, the collection will be available for developing research projects within the scope of an MSc dissertation.


Available topics include:

  • Bilateral asymmetries and biological profile in modern Cretans

  • Exploring body proportions of Modern Cretans

  • 3D pair matching projects

  • Postmortem CT in forensic investigations

  • Experimental ballistic trauma

  • ...and much more.....


Dates: May 13th to May 30 2019

Location: Amudara, Heraklion, Island of Crete

A minimum number of 10 students are required for this course to run.

Fee: £700 per person.

This includes accommodation and transport from the airport as well as an excursion which is going to be planed according to the group’s suggestions.

For more information on the application process please contact Dr. Elena Kranioti: A copy of the application can be found here


Deadline for booking a place is  March 30. Special discounts apply to current and former students of the University of Edinburgh and applicant booking their place before the end for February. Places are subject to availability so please contact us asap to secure a place. Once accepted you can book your place here

Check out some of the projects that took place during previous fieldschools:

Inside the Synbone
Synbone after ballistics testing
Team 2016 in shooting range
Team 2017 visiting Knossos
Working on juveniles
Recoding skeletons indoors
poss hell 2
Recording a skeleton outdoors
The Cretan Collection
Example of skeleton for study
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