Expert to Shed New Light on Mysteries of Imperial Rome

Duquesne University's Department of Classics will host an upcoming lecture focusing on the advances in scientific methods to uncover the mysteries surrounding human skeletons from the lower classes of Imperial Rome. 

Dr. Kristina Killgrove, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of West Florida, will present Bodies and Bones in Imperial Rome: What Biology & Chemistry Reveal about the Past, on Thursday, Nov.16, at 6 p.m. in the Pappert Lecture Hall of the Bayer Learning Center.

Thanks to scientific advances, remains such as bones and teeth can determine details such as what people ate, where they came from and even the diseases from which they suffered. Killgrove will discuss her work with human remains found in four different sites in Imperial Italy, including the materials and the bioarchaeological methods that she used. She will also share the results of her analyses and how modern scientific methods help paint a picture of everyday life in Imperial Rome.

Bodies and Bones in Imperial Rome is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow. For more information, contact Sarah Miller at or visit

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