Dr Johnathan Musgrave

Retired Senior Lecturer in Anatomy (Oral Biology)
University Senior Research Fellow

I am currently working towards the publication of reports on the human skeletal remains from the following archaeological sites in Greece.

SiteBrief descriptionAgeExcavatorPublication plans
Myrtos Pyrgos (Crete) Minoan residential site with adjoining communal tomb and ossuary on the south east coast of Crete.  Mainly adult male burials, reflecting interesting mortuary practices. Bronze Age. Second millennium BC Mr Gerald Cadogan Mr Cadogan’s final report on the site
Lefkandi (Evvoia) Toumba cemetery.  Mainly high status cremations, plus inhumed ‘Queen of Lefkandi’.  An important site on account of its trading links with Western Asia.

Report completed and awaiting publication.

Early Iron Age. First millennium BC The late Mr Mervyn Popham and Dr Irene Lemos Dr Lemos’s final report on the cemetery
Koukos(Chalkidiki) Remote mountain settlement site with nearby cist grave cemetery. Interesting but poorly preserved cremations. Early Iron Age. First millennium BC. Dr Jill Carington Smith. Dr Carington Smith’s final report on the site.
Phoinikas(Thessaloniki) High status cremations from a Macedonian tomb in an eastern suburb of Thessaloniki.

Draft report completed.

4th century BC Dr Maria Tsibidou Annual of the BritishSchool at Athensor an appropriate Greek journal
Vergina (WesternMacedonia)

NεkροtαΦέioTάΦoς ( K3), a robbed, probably royal, cist tomb containing remains of a young female aged 20-25, an adolescent female aged c. 13, and a child of unknown sex aged 6-7 years.

Draft report completed.

4th century BC Dr Angeliki Kottaridi Dr Kottaridi’s final report on the tomb

Recent Publications

  • Musgrave JH (2005). An anthropological assessment of the inhumations and cremations from the Early Iron Age cemetery at Torone. In: “The Early Iron Age Cemetery at Torone”; 243-315. Editor: JK Papadopoulos. Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA.
  • Roberts A, Robson-Brown K, Musgrave JH, Leslie I (2006). A case of bilateral scapholunate advanced collapse in a Romano-British skeleton from Ancaster. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 16 (3): 208–20 (doi:10.1002/oa.817. ISSN 1099-1212).
  • Papazoglou-Manioudaki L, Nafplioti A, Musgrave JH, Neave RAH, Smith D, Prag AJNWP (2009). Mycenae Revisited Part 1. The Human Remains from Grave Circle A: Stamatakis, Schliemann and Two New Faces from Shaft Grave VI. Annual of the British School at Athens 104: 233-77.
  • Robson Brown K, Silver IA, Musgrave JH, Roberts AM (2010). The use of µCT technology to identify skull fracture in a case involving blunt force trauma. Forensic Science International 201 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.forsciint.2010.06.013).
  • Musgrave J, Prag AJNW, Neave R, Fox RL, White H. (2010). The Occupants of Tomb II at Vergina. Why Arrhidaios and Eurydice must be excluded. Int J Med Sci 7: s1-s15 (http://www.medsci.org/v07p00s1.pdf ).


Cremated skeleton of Philip II of Macedon

Cremated skeleton of Philip II of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great. Figure13 in Musgrave et al. (2010). Photo JHM.

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