The bioanthropology team from UCL Institute of Archaeology works in a laboratory housed in the island's old school building. We are very grateful to the mayor and island council for this. The views from our windows are sensational. Burials, complete with soil and the pots that contain them, are lifted from the Astypalaia cemetery sites and carried inside the laboratory building. Once there, we carry out micro-excavations of the soil, including plans and photographs, recover the bones and teeth, then catalogue, record, conserve and store them. The final stage is to sift every grain of soil that we remove from the pots, just to make sure that we do not miss any tiny bones or other finds.