BOAPAS vision statement

What is BOAPAS? What is our mission? Who are we?

BOAPAS is an informal group which brings together researchers in the field of osteoarchaeology and physical anthropology in Belgium.


  • We believe that knowing our past is important to build up our culture, identity and wellness, in the present and for the future.

  • Our way to do so relies on a better knowledge of past populations and human behaviours by examining funerary practices, skeletal remains and ancient diseases.

  • The analysis of human skeletons unearthed during archaeological excavations provides an interesting past populations's preview and permits to deepen our knowledges on that matter.

  • This is why we aim for a better collaboration with archaeologists, for better methods and better results in osteoarchaeology and physical anthropology.


Aims & Objectives

The very first aim of our group is to make science go forward (in our discipline):

  • By studying osteological material from archaeological contexts;

  • By improving communication between researchers, institutions and archaeological services (public and private);

  • By establishing a scientific database for osteological assemblages; as well as

  • By offering an online contact plateform made of an email address ( and a website.


Future perspectives

Our society would like to get a legal recognition and organize conferences (national/international, disciplinary/interdisciplinary), to publish articles, build up a database for researchers, and keep interested people up to date with our expansion through a newsletter.

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