Professor Christopher Knüsel

Fieldwork

 

Co-Head of Human Remains (with Prof. C.S. Larsen, Ohio State University, U.S.A.) at Neolithic Çatalhöyük, near de Konia, Central Anatolia excavated by Prof. Ian Hodder (Stanford University, California, U.S.A.). The Human Remains Team is responsible for excavating, laboratory analysis, and reporting on human remains at the site. The role of Co-Head involves liaising with both field researchers and other laboratories at the site to provide synthetic interpretive insights of the origin and development of this large early village, one of the largest of its time.

Collaborative research with Drs. John Robb, Tamsin O’Connell (l’University of Cambridge) et Maryanne Tafuri (La Sapienza, University of Rome) at the Middle Neolithic site of Grotta Scolaria, Puglia, Italy, originally excavated by Marija Gimbutas but never published, has documented funerary processing that includes defleshing of corpses. Using a zonation method of recording fragmentary archaeological remains first pioneered at the Middle Bronze Age site of Velim Skalka (Bohemia, Czech Republic) (see above), the human remains analyses will be published as part of a synthetic volume, Scaloria Cave: Ritual and Landscape in the Mediterranean Neolithic by the Cotsen Institute at UCLA in 2014.