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Dr Ioanna Moutafi

Dr Ioanna Moutafi

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual European Fellow

Research Associate Sidney Sussex College

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
Office 1.5
Downing Street

CAMBRIDGE CB2 3ER
Office Phone: 01223 339332

Biography:

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual European Fellow

Research Interests

  • Bioarchaeology (osteoarchaeology)
  • Aegean prehistory
  • Funerary archaeology
  • Social bioarchaeology
  • Funerary taphonomy
  • Excavation of mortuary assemblages
  • Analysis of commingled bone assemblages
  • Archaeological theory

My research is focused on social bioarchaeology, primarily investigating the social dimensions of prehistoric mortuary practices in the Aegean.  A special emphasis is placed on the post-mortem treatment of the body in collective mortuary assemblages. In an effort to move beyond the traditional methods of analyzing human remains, my biosocial approach employs an integrated multi-disciplinary methodology that brings together traditional archaeology, archaeological theory and current advances in biological anthropology, forensic sciences, funerary taphonomy, and archaeothanatology.

My project as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the McDonald Institute is entitled: MYcenaean SOcial BIOarchaeology (MYSOBIO): Deciphering the interplay of funerary treatment and social dynamics in the Mycenaean period. The main aim is to reconstruct, to a new level of detail, development in Mycenaean mortuary practice in the Late Bronze Age Aegean (1700-1050 BC), and unravel the diversity of social responses at death and their mutual relationship with wider socio-political developments. The project integrates up-to-date theoretical reflection in mortuary archaeology with interdisciplinary scientific advances in the study of collective mortuary assemblages. The ultimate goal is to formulate a novel methodological pathway to the social dimensions of prehistoric mortuary assemblages, by creating critical new knowledge in the following key areas: i) social developments in the LBA Aegean; ii) field and lab documentation and analysis of commingled human skeletal assemblages; iii) multi-disciplinary approaches in social bioarchaeology.

My passionate belief in the value of a holistic bioarchaeological approach to all stages of mortuary research made me work tirelessly towards establishing a full integration of field anthropology in the Aegean. During many years of professional experience, I have worked as leading bioarchaeologist in several international archaeological projects around Greece, collaborating both with the Greek Ministry of Culture and several foreign archaeological schools (British School at Athens, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, French School at Athens, Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens), as well as with their associated academic institutions.

Some of the main research projects I am involved in include excavation and/or bioarchaeological analysis from the following sites and periods:

Early Bronze Age: Keros and Amorgos (Cyclades), Apollo Maleatas, Epidavros (Argolid).

Middle/Late Bronze Age: Kirrha (Phokis) and Ayios Vasilios (Laconia)

Late Bronze Age: Voudeni (Achaea), Amfissa (Phokis), Prosilio (Boeotia), Glyka Nera (Attica).

Beyond the excavation of mortuary assemblages, I remain active in field archaeology acting as the Field Director of the Keros Excavation Project (2016-2018, directed by Prof. C. Renfrew and Dr. M. Boyd, University of Cambridge).

Teaching

2006-2016: Seminars at field schools and student participants at the excavations of Aktio (University of Ioannina, 2005), Keros (University of Cambridge, 2006-2008), Priniatikos Pyrgos (The Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens, 2009), Kirrha (French School at Athens, 2009-2016), Mycenae (Dickinson College, 2010, 2015), Ayios Vasilios (University of Groningen, 2011-2016).

2011-2016: Contributions to the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) regular programme (seminars on bioarchaeology, laboratory tours, supervision and mentoring); supervision and training of numerous international interns at the Wiener Laboratory, ASCSA.

2015-2016: Supervision and training in bioarchaeology of BA and MA students of the University of Athens, Dept. of Archaeology. Invited seminar at the MA course in Prehistoric Archaeology, University of Athens.

2016: Contribution to the design of the regular programme for the newly founded International Center for Archaeology at Mycenae (ICAM).

Key Publications

  • Moutafi, I. and S.Voutsaki. 2016. Commingled Burials and Shifting Notions of the Self at the onset of the Mycenaean Era (1700-1500 BC): The Case of the Ayios Vasilios North Cemetery, Laconia. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 10 (2016): 780-790.
  • Moutafi, I. 2016. “The Human Remains from Area A”. In Renfrew, A.C., O. Philaniotou, N. Brodie, G. Gavalas & M.J. Boyd (eds.) Kavos and the Special Deposits (The sanctuary on Keros and the origins of Aegean ritual practice: the excavations of 2006–2008. Vol. II), Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, pp. 483-505.
  • Lagia, A., I. Moutafi, R. Orgeolet, D. Skorda, and J. Zurbach. 2016. “Revisiting the Tomb: Mortuary Practices in Habitation Areas in the Transition to the Late Bronze Age at Kirrha, Phocis”. In A. Dakouri-Hild and M.J. Boyd (eds.) Staging Death: Funerary Performance, Architecture and Landscape in the Aegean. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 181-205.
  • Moutafi, I. 2013. “The Cremation Burial and Other Human Remains”. In Renfrew, A.C., O. Philaniotou, N. Brodie, G. Gavalas & M.J. Boyd (eds.) The settlement at Dhaskalio (The sanctuary on Keros and the origins of Aegean ritual practice: the excavations of 2006–2008. Vol. I), Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, pp. 451-462.

Other Publications

  • Kontogiannis, N., I. Grigoropoulou, S. Sakkari, E. Barmparitsa, I. Moutafi, A. Lagia & L. Karali. 2015. From mosque to church and back again. Investigating a house of faith in post-medieval Pylos. Hesperia 84: 771-856.
  • Zurbach, J., D. Skorda, R. Orgeolet, A. Lagia, I. Moutafi, T. Krapf, B. Simier, R-M. Bérard, G. Sintès, & A. Chabrol. 2015. Rapports 2011: Kirrha (Phokide). Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique 136-137: 569-592.
  • Renfrew, C. & Moutafi, I. 2016. “Area A”. In Renfrew, A.C., O.Philaniotou, N.Brodie, G. Gavalas & M.J. Boyd (eds.) Kavos and the Special Deposits (The sanctuary on Keros and the origins of Aegean ritual practice: the excavations of 2006–2008. Vol. II), Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, pp. 457-482.
  • Bridgford, S., S. Desmond, V. Klontza-Jaklova & I. Moutafi. 2014. “Grave 1: A Key Early Byzantine Feature”. In Molloy, B.P.C. and C.N. Duckworth (eds.) A Cretan Landscape Through Time: Priniatikos Pyrgos and Environs. BAR International Series 2634. Oxford: Archaeopress, pp. 54-60
  • Renfrew, A.C., I. Moutafi & M.J. Boyd. 2013.  “The North Structure at the Summit (the Hall): Trenches VI, X, XLII, XXIV, XIV, XXXVI and XXX”. In Renfrew, A.C., O. Philaniotou, N. Brodie, G. Gavalas & M.J. Boyd (eds.) The settlement at Dhaskalio (The sanctuary on Keros and the origins of Aegean ritual practice: the excavations of 2006–2008. Vol. I), Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, pp. 141-188.
  • Fox, S.C., I.Moutafi, E.Prevedorou and D.Pilides. 2012. “The Burial Customs of Early Christian Cyprus: A Bioarchaeological Approach”. In Perry, M.A. (ed.) Bioarchaeology and Behavior. The people of the Ancient Near East. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, pp. 60-79.
  • Fox, S.C., C. Eliopoulos, I. Moutafi and S. Manolis. 2011. A Simple Technique for Imaging the Human Skeleton Using a Flatbed Scanner. Journal of Forensic Sciences 56: S154-S157.