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by Archaeology Newsroom

The excavation of grave ensembles. Disinterment techniques, bone treatment and transportation

This article presents in a simple and concise way the procedure of disinterment, treatment and transportation of bones coming from various grave ensembles. This approach refers primarily to the cases of simple burials and cremations which were the more usual practice in ancient Greece. Unfortunately the conditions of the excavation of bones are not always ideal, therefore the archaeologist or experienced assistant must keep in mind certain principles for the proper treatment of the bones and the importance of information they can supply, i.e. the techniques of excavating simple burials and cremations as well as the photographic and graphic representation of bones, their packing, transportation and storage.