Time takes on a new dimension at the Wiener Laboratory, where those who research the past study human remains and other archaeological findings dating back hundreds or even thousands of years. s garden, a group of foreign students currently in Athens to conduct excavation work at the city?s Ancient Agora is busily trying to uncover the secrets of a human skeleton, taking part in an educational game under the guidance of the laboratory? Over the last dozen years the American anthropologist has played a pivotal role in transforming the lab into a welcoming space, a place open to all those interested in using its infrastructure, which includes an X-ray machine, microscopes, a broad and comparative collection of both animal and human remains, along with a scientific library, which is unique for Greek standards.
Besides, the possibilities for archaeologists wishing to specialize in the areas of biological and environmental anthropology, geoarchaeology and the archaeology of animals are particularly limited in Greece.The reasons for this kind of scientific gap in a country so closely attached to its past are quite complex. Nevertheless, anthropological research is shedding light on a multitude of details with regard to the daily life and habits of the ancient Greeks, the kind of information which would be impossible to extract solely from the study of monuments or the writings of ancient historians -- such as their eating habits, the diseases that plagued them, how they hard they worked and how much they traveled during their lifetime.On the one hand is the fact that the anthropological aspect of archaeology started gaining popularity in Greece very recently, while on the other, knowledge of the ancient Greek world -- mostly stemming from writings, inscriptions, architectural and cultural findings -- give the impression ? In some cases, research has the ability to unearth some of the darker secrets, such as the story of the well with the remains the dead infants which was discovered in the area of the Ancient Agora.The door to the sacristy is right behind the choir, in the left corner of the church.This historic location is where the University of Glasgow was founded in 1451.This saint converted part of Scotland to Christianity in the 6th century.