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.
*a few recently published discoveries regarding archaeological skeletal remains*
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- Op 11/09/2017
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.
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).
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.
Johan R. Boelaert wrote, up to now, 3 books 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 for his work.
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.
Human remains in and around two sarcophagi were found in 2014 and 2016 in Saint-Léger, a village of the South of Belgium.
Denis Henrotay, archaeologist and one of the external directors of the Archaeology Service (Public Service of Wallonia, DGO4, Heritage department), and his team excavated the burial and its surrounding in a rescue process that took no more than 3 days!
A fibula and a knife date back the two skeletons to the 7th century, i.e. the final part of the Merovingian period.
A heap of bones was also found next to each sarcophagus, at the level of the lid. This funerary treatment, called a reduction, consists in removing a previous body from the sarcophagus and placing it on the side, in order to lay down a more recent deceased.
Anthropological analysis counted minimum 5 individuals : 4 skeletons and a few supernumerary bones. The skeletons were relatively old adults, women and men. One had a little benign tumor (ivory osteoma) on the parietal and another exhibits healed fractures to the ribs. More details to be published.
Ancient parish cemetery and a rare archaeological case of a radioulnar synostosis in Virton (prov. Luxembourg)
Traces of an old parish church and its cemetery are sometimes scarce and tough to identify, especially when the cemetery is relocated to the outside of the town... along with some of the burials. Such relocation of parish cemeteries may result in several burials remaining at the previous location, possibly forgotten.
An example of this was seen in the South of Belgium, at Virton. The earliest tombs of the cemetery date back to the 13th century and the more recent ones to the 18th century.
Denis Henrotay and his team (SPW-Archaeology) excavated the area and managed to identify the remains of the old parish church underneath the Great Place (before it was renovated). The building was destroyed but the tombs helped preserve a rough outline of it.