In this blog, you'll find:

*our Spotlights of the Month*

Every month we will publish a spotlight. It can be a review of a conference or a book, a word on our members' work, etc. You will be able to receive all our spotlights in our newsletter, so subscribe to it if you're interested.



You can submit your contribution on published work regarding human osteology in Belgium or by Belgian scientists. We welcome relevant links to full articles, videos, books, etc.

Max 2 pages, including bibliography. A few images can also be added to illustrate the topic.

Please send us your contribution to before (deadline!) 31st March 2018.


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P.S.: If you are interested in events organized in the field of physical anthropology and osteoarchaeology, check our agenda (here) for upcoming and/or archived events.


Wounded to the bone: an IJP article by A. Boucherie

This Spotlight of the Month presents the recent work of Alexandra Boucherie and her colleagues on evidences of past violence on human remains. They used digital microscopy combined with macroscopic analysis to observe patterns of traumas with accuracy. Their case study investigated 45 individuals from a Medieval mass grave in Sandbjerget, Denmark.


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Treatment of Human Remains in a Museum Context

This Spotlight of the Month is an essay on the treatment of human remains in a Belgian museum context. This reflection implies the study of the remains as well as its preservation, i.e. storage and/or exhibition. For this matter, ethical and museological aspects are observed through legislation and a few examples from Belgium.

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Spotlight on our members' work: Prehistory Matters

In this Spotlight of the Month, we’re presenting you two recent publications on prehistoric case studies by three of our highly experimented members: one regards paleopathological traces on a Late Neolithic Mandibular Condyle by Caroline Polet and Frank L'Engle Williams; the other one examines a Late Neandertal lower left P3 by Michel Toussaint and colleagues.

Both articles analyzed human remains from rockshelters or caves from the Meuse River system, in Central Belgium, where hundreds of similar archaeological sites are known.

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A spotlight on our members's work abroad: Joke Somers and Isabelle De Groote

In this Spotlight of the Month, we’re introducing some of our members who are working/have worked abroad: Isabelle De Groote and Joke Somers. Isabelle is currently working in a British university while Joke just came back from a Swiss university. Discover some of their work.

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A spotlight on our PhD members: Davina Craps & Katrien Van de Vijver

A spotlight on our PhD members: Davina Craps & Katrien Van de Vijver

This month, our members, Dr. Davina Craps and Dr. Katrien Van de Vijver, present their doctoral thesis. We have now two important works respectively on methodologies for joint diseases and on palaeodemography and palaeopathology for a large archaeological site.

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A Belgian Project of Interdisciplinary Research on Andean Mummies (IRAM)

A Belgian project of Interdisciplinary Research on Andean Mummies (IRAM Project)

Our member Caroline Polet (RINSB) and several colleagues from different institutions are working on a project researching seven pre-Columbian Mummies curated at the Royal Museum of Art and History (RMAH).

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A Spotlight on Freelancers in Physical Anthropology with Davina Craps and Hélène Déom

A spotlight on freelancers in physical anthropology with Davina Craps & Hélène Déom

Dr. Davina Craps and Hélène Déom are two of our founding members. They both work freelance, respectively in Flanders and Wallonia. This month's spotlight will focus on freelance work in Belgium and some of the projects they have worked on.

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Books on medieval medical history by Johan B.

Johan R. Boelaert has written 3 books, so far, about medieval medical history

This important contribution to historical medicine and in Flemish literature was prepared by our member, retired MD from Bruges, Johan R. Boelaert. Here is a brief insight and readers' digest of his work.

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SAP 2017 Conference by Alexandra B.

Société d’Anthropologie de Paris, the annual conference 2017 took place in Paris

It was summarized by our member Alexandra Boucherie (ULB), who also presented a poster on her work on Danish battle-related mass grave (her Master's dissertation at Bournemouth University).

Our member Caroline Polet (RBINS) gave a talk on the analysis of human skeletal remains from Kindoki, Congo.

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