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Sandra Garvie-Lok

Osteologist, Associate Professor of Anthropology, the University of Alberta

Sandra Garvie-Lok is an osteologist and associate professor of Anthropology at the University of Alberta. Born in Winnipeg, Canada, she studied at the University of Winnipeg and the University of Calgary. Her research studies life in the past by examining human skeletons, using chemical analysis and other techniques to reconstruct diet, illness and other aspects of daily life. She does most of her research in Greece. Sandra Garvie-Lok lives in Edmonton, Canada.
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I Travelled to Greece and Saw a Vampire

Most people go to Greece for beaches, ouzo and temples gleaming in the Mediterranean sun. I went for a vampire. But what I found there led me beyond pop culture images of vampires to a darker part of the human imagination. In the midst of searching for ancient ruins, an archaeological team from UBC stumbled on a cemetery from the time of the Ottoman empire. The lead researcher wanted an osteologist to study the skeletons -- especially one that might have been accused of being a vampire. There wasn't much question of not going, of course.
10/31/2012 12:08 EDT