Dr. Matteo Borrini

Matteo Borrini
Job Title Principal Lecturer/Programme Leader
Telephone +44 (0)151 231 2180
Email Address @ljmu.ac.uk


Contact Address Room 438, James Parsons Building
School of Natural Sciences and Psychology
Liverpool John Moores University
Byrom Street
L3 3AF

Research interests:

Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Archaeology, Facial Reconstruction, Taphonomy, mummification, trauma analysis, cold cases, cadaver dogs


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Grants Obtained:

Title, Awarding Body and Year Role Amount
Expeditions Council of the National Geographic Society project "Vampire Forensics" 2009 Expedition Leader $8,200


Module Leader: Human Variation and Identification


  • Biological Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Forensic Field Skills
  • Excavation and Analytical Techniques
  • Advanced Forensic Anthropology

Research interests:

As an expert witness in forensic anthropology and archaeology for the Italian State Prosecutor Office (registered at Criminal Court of La Spezia), Dr Borrini is interested in all aspect related to the recovery and identification of unknown bodies (i.e., missing people and murder victims), and to the reconstruction of their cause/manner of death. Relevant fields of the discipline that Dr Borrini develops are anthropometry, taphonomy, bone casting, cadaver dog training, field walking survey, protocols and standard procedures.

After being involved ( including as director) in dozens of archaeological and bio-archaeological excavations, and as a continuation of the activities carried out during five years of a research fellowship at the University of Florence, Dr Borrini applies forensic anthropology techniques on archaeological remains. In addition to studies on the frozen Iceman mummy (Öetzi), his main activity in this field has been the “forensic vampire project” carried out in 2009 with the National Geographic Society and presented in the NG documentary “Vampire Forensics.” After this experience, he became more interested in using a natural science approach to real events behind the birth of ancient superstition and beliefs.

Another overlap between forensic and archaeological researches is facial reconstruction that Dr Borrini realized both for missing people identification and historical purposes, such as the approximation of the face of Saint Venerio built for the La Spezia Bishopric.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Expert witness in forensic anthropology and archaeology for the Italian State Prosecutor Office (registered at Criminal Court of La Spezia)
  • Honorary member Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Commonwealth-Italian Joint Committee

After the Laurea in Archaeology at the University of Florence (final dissertation project on forensic archaeology), Dr Borrini completed an MSc in Biological Anthropology of the Mediterranean Region in the same Athenaeum (final project focused on the forensic recovery and casting of human remains). Dr Borrini attended numerous advanced courses in Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Archaeology and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (Military Academy of United Kingdom, Mercyhurst College, University of Milan, Accademia di Storia dell’Arte Sanitaria, Carabinieri R.I.S. of Parma), and then he undertook the PhD in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” with a project entitled “Forensic Anthropology: protocol and guidelines for the recovery and study of human remains”.

Dr Borrini is continuously updating my education by attending seminars and workshops, especially those organized annually by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Current Post:

Principal Lecturer in forensic Anthropology and Programme Leader of Forensic Anthropology at Liverpool John Moores University

Previous Posts:
  • Contract Professor of forensic anthropology at Master of “Anthropology, criminology and advance forensic techniques.” [Papal Theological University “San Bonaventura” - AA 2009/2010 - AA 2013/2014]
  • Contract Professor of forensic archeology at Master of “Anthropology, criminology and advance forensic techniques.” [Papal Theological University “San Bonaventura”]
  • Contract Professor of forensic anthropology at Post Graduate Specialization School of Archeological Heritage [University of Florence – 2009/10 – 2012/13]
  • Contract Professor of forensic anthropology at Master of “Criminological and Forensic Science” [Università di Roma "La Sapienza" AA 2011/12 – now]
  • Contract Professor of forensic anthropology at Master of “Criminology and Intelligence” [Università di Roma "La Sapienza" AA 2011/12 – now]
  • Contract Professor of forensic anthropology at "Corso di Formazione in Scienze Forensi ed intelligence SFIIP” [Università di Roma "La Sapienza" AA 2011/12 – 2012/13]
  • Contract Professor of forensic anthropology at Master of “Forensic Criminology” [University “Nicola Cusano”, Rome – 2011/2013]
  • Contract Professor of History of Medicine [University of Florence - AA 2012/2013]
  • Temporary researcher fellow (assegnista di ricerca) [University of Florence – 2007/2012]

Non Academic

  • Scientific expert for National Geographic Society
  • Scientific consultant for the project "Science of Vampire" National Geographic Television & Film
  • Expedition Leader of the "Vampire Forensics" the National Geographic Society Expeditions (NGS Expedition’s Council Grant #EC0424-09)
  • Study and facial reconstruction of relics [Bishop Court of La Spezia]
  • facial reconstruction [University “Magna Graecia” Catanzaro]
  • facial reconstruction [Archeoclub of Italy – Veneto Archeological Heritage Office]
  • Director of archaeological and anthropological excavations in the Lazzaretto Nuovo Island – Venice [Archeoclub of Italy – Veneto Archeological Heritage Office, 2006-2008]
  • Director of anthropological excavation in Trebiano - La Spezia [Liguria Archeological Heritage Office, 2010-12]
  • Director of archeological\anthropological excavation in Laces – Bolzano [Bolzano Archeological Heritage Office, 2007]
  • Scientific analysis by forensic techniques and facial reconstruction of skeletal remains from Laces - Bolzano [Bolzano Archeological Heritage Office]
  • Scientific Director of Laboratory of Archaeo-Pathology for Plague Studies [International Center of Archaeological Reserches]
  • Curator of the temporary exhibit on physical anthropology and plague in the Lazzaretto Nuovo Island [International Center of Archaeological Reserches – Archeoclub of Italy, 2008]
Professional Memberships:
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences [member, Physical Anthropology Section]
  • International Academy of Legal Medicine [member, Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe section]
  • International Association for Identification [associate member]
  • Accademia Italiana di Scienze Forensi / Italian Academy of Forensic Sciences [member]
  • Società Italiana di Antropologia ed Etnologia [member]
  • Associazione Antropologica Italiana [member]
  • Istituto Italiano di Antropologia [member]
  • Centro Internazionale Ricerche Archeologiche / International Center of Archaeological Research [member]
Institutional Responsibilities:
  • director of the An.Hu.B.I. - Antinoupolis Human Bodies Investigation Project - for the recovery and analysis of human remains, mummificated or skeletonized, from the Egyptian site of Antinoupolis with the archaeological missions carried out the Papyrological Institute "G. Vitelli.”
  • president of NEMESI – National and European Multidisciplinary Equipe for Special Investigation
  • responsible of the section “Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology” in the Accademia Italiana di Scienze Forensi

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