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HCAA General Meeting, September 15, 2018

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Doors open at 12:30 pm with refreshments. Lecture begins at 1:00 pm.

Title: “Sorting the Fragments: Osteological Research of Hellenistic to Early Christian Tombs in Cyprus”

Speaker: Dr. Nick Herrmann, Associate Professor, Anthropology Dept, Texas State University

Place: Riverside Nature Center – 150 Francisco Lemos, Kerrville, Texas 78028


The island of Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean has been occupied for well over 12,000 year. During the Bronze Age through the Roman period, the population across the island increased significantly with major towns and cities being established at what would become several of the modern metropolises. As a result, tombs from all time periods are often found during planned excavations and during construction in the cities.

The analysis of a highly commingled human bone collection recovered from three tombs in Nicosia will be discussed and placed within the island’s historical context. In addition, the methods applied will be highlighted relative to forensic anthropological applications utilized for commingled human remains.


Nicholas Herrmann received his BA and MA from Washington University in St. Louis in 1988 and 1990, respectively. After stints at the University of New Mexico Office of Contract Archaeology and the Smithsonian Institution, he completed his PhD at University of Tennessee in 2002. Since then he has worked for the University of Tennessee in a Post-Doctoral position in 2003 and then as a Research Assistant Professor in the Forensic Anthropology Center and Archaeological Research Laboratory. He then moved to the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures at Mississippi State University in 2008 until 2016. In January of 2016, he started as an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Texas State University. He has worked across the US and in Central American. Currently, he has active projects in Greece and Cyprus as well as the US.