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Since it opened, the lab has facilitated the independent research of over 100 scholars representing more than a dozen countries. In addition to their own research, Wiener Laboratory fellows and associates often provide education to members of the School and to the local and scientific communities through lectures, independent publications, consultations, and hands-on workshops.

Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory bench fees

Effective July 1, 2016, for all research projects at the Wiener Laboratory, excluding Wiener Laboratory Fellowships, Associateships and Wiener Laboratory funded projects, a bench fee is required. The bench fee is levied to cover the additional costs related to basic consumables, equipment and materials not included in the School Fees and Expenses. Different rates apply to students, faculty, and graduates of Cooperating Institutions of the ASCSA than those from non-affiliated institutions. For further details, please see the Bench Fees on the Wiener Laboratory Research Page.

Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory research project partnerships:

Phaleron Archaic/Classical- Period Cemetery analysis

General view of parts of the cemetery showing the variation of burial practices A leader in archaeological scientific research, the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory was recently granted permission to study the cemetery at Phaleron (the old port of Athens). The cemetery is being excavated by Dr. Stella Chrysoulaki, Ephor of Piraeus and Western Attica, and is one of the most significant necropoleis in Attica during the Archaic Period. It was used for almost three centuries, from the late 8th to the early 5th century B.C. To date, over 1,500 burials have been recovered, including nearly 400 infant and child inhumations in jars. A team of top bioarchaeologists representing the Wiener Lab and the American School – led by Prof. Jane Buikstra of Arizona State University (a Trustee of the School and a member of the American Academy of Sciences) in collaboration with Dawnie Steadman, Director of the Forensics Laboratory of the University of Tennessee – will undertake managing the study and scientific analysis of the skeletal remains.

The scope and range of the burials are of unparalleled importance for the study of ancient Athens and its port of Phaleron in the Archaic Period. The potential that these burials provide for increasing our understanding of ancient Greek society is significant. Questions concerning ancient diet and disease, as well as social and political processes--such as the death penalty, political reforms, and legislation-- can potentially be answered. These answers could then lead to comparative studies that would eventually have global impact.

For further information you can visit the Phaleron Bioarchaeological Project’s webpage here.


Current Research Projects (Wiener Laboratory Fellows and ASCSA Members):

William Flint Dibble, Zooarchaeology
Wiener Laboratory Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Flint Dibble from the University of Cincinnati is analyzing zooarchaeological material from the Greek settlement of Azoria in East Crete. Flint hopes to reveal foodways at the site by examining ancient patterns in animal husbandry, sacrificial ritual, butchery, feasting, and even the deposition of food refuse. The results from Azoria will help us understand important social processes during the Iron Age on Crete and in Greece, a period of polis formation, urbanism, and historical change.


Eleanna Prevedorou, Human Skeletal Studies
Dr. Eleanna Prevedorou is currently the Wiener Laboratory Programmatic Postdoctoral Fellow working on the Phaleron Project (See relevant section above, on the Phaleron Bioarchaeological Project). In addition, Dr. Prevedorou continues to expand on her previous bioarchaeological and biogeochemical research on Aegean prehistory, particularly with regard to the Early Bronze Age in Attica. Most recently, she was responsible for the excavation, curation, and analysis of the human burial found in the Ash Altar on Mt. Lykaion.


Justin A. Holcomb, Geoarchaeology
Justin is the current Wiener Laboratory Predoctoral Fellow from Boston University and is constructing a geoarchaeological framework at the Paleolithic site Stélida, on Naxos. Justin is applying a multi-scalar analytical approach to better understand site formation and chronology necessary for understanding the role of the Aegean Basin in facilitating and constraining the initial peopling of southeastern Europe during the Pleistocene..


Daniel Fallu, Geoarchaeology
Dr. Daniel Fallu, Wiener Laboratory Research Associate, is analyzing the sediments which buried the Harbor Town of Lechaion in the Corinthia in order to determine the kinds of natural events (earthquakes, storms, tsunamis) which may have provided the materials for architectural fills, as well as natural burial events over the site’s use history. He is using micromorphological analysis as well as X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) chemical analyses to determine the forces, natural and human, which led to the burial of this important settlement. The results from Lechaion will provide a window into the resilience of communities living on the Greek coast in antiquity.


Calla McNamee, Geoarchaeology and Archaeobotany
Dr. Calla McNamee from University of Calgary Canada, is continuing her research on Starches and Grains. Calla has sampled groundstone artifacts from a number of sites including Mitrou, Tsoungiza, Tiryns, and Pylos, in order to reconstruct staple subsistence practices from the Final Neolithic through the early Iron Age, a period that encompasses the formation and disintegration of Mycenaean State level society.


Ioanna Moutafi, Human Skeletal Studies
Dr. Ioanna Moutafi from the University of Sheffield is currently a Senior Visiting Associate Member of the ASCSA, working on the study of human skeletal remains from the Mycenaean cemetery of Ayios Vasilios, Laconia. Her research interests focus on Aegean Prehistory, and especially funerary archaeology and the social dimensions of prehistoric mortuary practices.

Paraskevi Tritsaroli, Human Skeletal Studies
Dr. Paraskevi (Voula) Tritsaroli from the National History Museum in Paris is Senior Visiting Associate Member of the ASCSA and works on skeletal assemblages from LBA Macedonia, Byzantine Epirus and Early Byzantine Arcadia. Her main interest is the contextual investigation of burial practices as mechanism of social differentiation, integration, or adaptation in the Aegean through time.

Eleni Nodarou, Geoarchaeology and Materials Science
Dr. Eleni Nodarou from INSTAP Study Center for Eastern Crete is participating in various archaeological projects involving analysis of Cretan pottery from the Neolithic to the Byzantine period. Her research focuses on the petrographic analysis of ceramics.

Maria Ntinou, Archaeobotany
Dr. Maria Ntinou, Senior Visiting Associate Member of the ASCSA, is conducting analysis of wood charcoal remains from three of the most important Mesolithic to Paleolithic cave sites in the Argolid: Klissoura, Kephalari and Franchthi caves. The reconstruction of the local vegetation sequences of the area of the caves will provide important information regarding ancient subsistence economies and cultural and population change processes that took place from the Middle Paleolithic to the Mesolithic.ancient subsistence economies and cultural and population change processes that took place from the Middle Paleolithic to the Mesolithic.