Last year, our member and webmaster Hélène Déom was called on a (post-)medieval site excavations to analyze a certain amount of skeletons on the field and in the lab. Here are the results of this study, made in close collaboration with the archaeologist in charge, Christian Frébutte.
Atuatuca Tungrorum was the name of the Roman settlement established in Tongeren (FR: Tongres). Ancient funerary practices in the area were recently studied by several of our colleagues. April Pijpelink and colleagues excavated and analyzed several unusual burials at the Beukenbergweg. Katrien Van de Vijver and colleagues identified perinatal and deviant adult burials within the settlements.
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.