Anastasia Tsaliki was born in Greece. Her education includes an excellent First Degree (BA Hons) in History, Archaeology and History of Art from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens; she attended MSc courses in Palaeopathology, Funerary Archaeology and Bone Chemistry, and short courses in Forensic Anthropology and Radiology at the University of Bradford, UK, as well as seminars in Teaching and Learning in Archaeology and Classics, Continuing Medical Education, and Anthropology Statistics at various institutions. She has received several international scholarships and was awarded her PhD in Biological and Funerary Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Durham, UK, entitled:
‘An Investigation of Extraordinary Human Body Disposals, With Special Reference to Necrophobia: A Multi-Disciplinary Analysis with Case Studies from Greece and Cross-Cultural Comparisons’.
This project investigates in depth and from a multi-disciplinary perspective the phenomenon of deviant burials and anomalous disposal of the dead with emphasis on necrophobia (fear of the dead; the term is introduced by the author for use in the disciplines of anthropology and archaeology). The project provides a novel multidisciplinary approach to the study of deviancy and necrophobia in the burial record; such a study has not, to the author’s knowledge, previously been conducted on as wide a scale against a detailed contextual background, and it is the first comprehensive study on Greek unusual burials. (see abstract here).
She speaks three languages very fluently and has a good working knowledge of an additional two. She also has extensive lab, field, research and teaching experience, as well as many participations in seminars and conferences. Research interests also involve Environmental Archaeology, Osteology and Palaeopathology, Medical Anthropology, and Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology. In particular: studies on stigma, disability and marginality, ritual and deviant crime, the mythology and folklore of the occult, the political exploitation of history and archaeology, and the digital resources in Archaeology, Biological Anthropology and Pathology.
She is a member of several professional bodies, academic email lists, Associate Editor of the web links at the Paleopathology Asociation (PPA) website (http://www.paleopathology.org/links.html), Editor-in-Chief of the 'Environmental Archaeology in Greece' website (http://environmentalarchaeology.wordpress.com/) and admin of the group 'Paleopathology' (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=92167310770).