Distinguishing Burials in Thebes, Greece: Using MNI and MLNI as a Differentiation Technique

by Ava Giachino

Institution: University of Waterloo
Year: 2016
Keywords: Thebes, Greece; MNI; MLNI; Mass graves; Multi-use burials
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2066116
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10012/10204


The objective of this thesis was to determine an additional method to help distinguish between types of burials in Thebes, Greece and generally in archaeological remains. Using two quantification methods, MNI and MLNI, it was hypothesized that differences and similarities between the estimation values could help categorize a burial as a mass grave or a multi-use burial. In order to test this hypothesis, five graves were analyzed in Thebes, Greece. Two graves had estimation values that categorized them as mass graves, two graves had estimations values that distinguished them as multi-use burials, and one grave had estimation values that presented a complicated categorization. These two quantification techniques were applicable in differentiating between two burial types at the archaeological site in Thebes.