UC Scholars Sleuth Into Mysterious Ancient Grave

In the world of archaeology, the finds that tend to create the biggest ballyhoo are often gold, bronze, ceramic or gemstone. But for University of Cincinnati anthropologist Lynne Schepartz, the most valuable finds are human remains.

For the past five summers, Schepartz, associate professor in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, has investigated what some might consider a very creepy subject – skeletal remains found inside a grave circle and stone-walled tombs near the Palace of Nestor at Pylos, Greece, a site linked to Homeric legend. She and classics department doctoral student Erin Williams are working as part of the team formed by Sharon Stocker, a UC doctoral student in classics and leader of the Hora Apotheke Reorganization Project (HARP) and Jack L. Davis, UC’s Carl W. Blegen Chair in Greek Archaeology, who directs the Pylos Regional Archaeological Project (PRAP) in Western Messenia. An apotheke is a storeroom.

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