Astypalaia is one of the smallest islands in the Dodecanese archipelago - only 13 kilometres across and with a permanent population of around 1,400 people.
During Classical times, it was an independent city state with extensive trading links through the Aegean. Still thriving in Roman times, it was described by Pliny the Elder in his Natural Histories and a treaty between the Astypalaians and Rome still survives. The ancient city was sited where the main island town, Chora, is located today; on top of a rocky peninsula. Outside the city limits were large ancient cemeteries which are being excavated by the Ephorate of Antiquities of the Dodecanese. Since 2000, Professor Simon Hillson of the UCL Institute of Archaeology at University College London has collaborated with the Ephorate in a bioanthropological study of human remains from these cemeteries.
The Astypalaia Bioarchaeology Project is directed by Professor Simon Hillson. The Ephorate archaeologist in charge of Astypalaia is Mrs Haroula Fantaoutsaki.
Each year the project runs the Astypalaia Bioarchaeology Field School.
** APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE SUMMER 2017 FIELD SCHOOL **
Please follow THIS LINK to the new website for the Astypalaia Bioarchaeology Field School which gives all the details of the project, the school, our laboratory and applications