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Forensic anthropology

Leading current trends within the scientific community

Working to strengthen the science by underpinning standards for the estimation of biological profile indicators such as sex, age and population affinity using a combination of traditional and cutting-edge methods.

Members of the group are committed to the development of protocols and guidelines to increase the reliability of the recovery, documentation and analysis of human remains. The members also provide casework consultancy for forensic anthropological analysis, facial approximation and mass grave excavation. Other fields of study are represented by the analysis of skeletal trauma, pathological markers, taphonomic changes on human remains, DNA analysis of critical samples and biochemical estimators of age at death. We also promote interdisciplinary research, applying techniques borrowed from forensic anthropology to archaeological contexts. Bio-archaeology conducted with investigative and forensic techniques can generate more data for the identification of remains of contemporaneous public figures and, more generally, for the reconstruction of historical periods.

Researchers within the group are Associate Members of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Members of the British Association for Human Identification (BAHID) and the British Association for Forensic Anthropology (BAFA) and Members of the International Society of Forensic Genetics (ISFG).

Impact case study: Identifying human remains from mass graves

Research areas and current projects

  • Development of population-specific standards for sex determination and age estimation – Dr Eliopoulos
  • Forensic taphonomy and palaeopathology – Dr Eliopoulos
  • Health, growth and development, and commingling of skeletal remains (in collaboration with the University of Athens) – Dr Eliopoulos
  • Facial reconstruction – Dr Borrini
  • Forensic archaeology – Dr Borrini
  • Development of genotyping protocols for the study of critical samples – Dr Fernandez-Dominguez
  • Use of aspartic racemisation for the estimation of the age at death – Dr Fernandez-Dominguez


Our osteology lab is equipped with anthropometric instruments, casting devices, digital X-ray and 3D laser scanning equipment.

We also collaborate with the Face Lab.

The new Life Sciences Building includes state of the art facilities for forensic biology analysis, including the Low Copy Number (LCN) laboratories for DNA work and the High Performance Liquid Chromatography Analytical and Prep Room.

Current collaborations

  • Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, School of Medicine, University of Athens
  • Department of Animal and Human Physiology, Faculty of Biology at the University of Athens
  • Dr Jose Eugenio Ortiz/Dr Trino Torres – Escuela Superior de Minas, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid


Search forensic anthropology publications:

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9 papers found

  • Journal article

    Reply to Dee and Kuitems: Our model is an expression of the uncertainties inherent in the radiocarbon data

    Ledger PM and Girdland-Flink L and Forbes V

    Publish date:12/11/2019 00:00:00

  • Journal article

    Septal Aperture of the Humerus: Etiology and Frequency Rates in Two European Populations.

    Bradshaw R and Eliopoulos C and Borrini M

    Publish date:11/10/2019 00:00:00

  • Journal article

    Ancient pigs reveal a near-complete genomic turnover following their introduction to Europe

    Frantz LAF, Haile J, Lin AT, Scheu A, Geörg C, Benecke N, Alexander M, Linderholm A, Mullin VE, Daly KG, Battista VM, Price M, Gron KJ, Alexandri P, Arbogast R-M, Arbuckle B, Bӑlӑşescu A, Barnett R, Bartosiewicz L, Baryshnikov G, Bonsall C, Borić D, Boroneanţ A, Bulatović J, Çakirlar C, Carretero J-M, Chapman J, Church M, Crooijmans R, De Cupere B, Detry C, Dimitrijevic V, Dumitraşcu V, du Plessis L, Edwards CJ, Erek CM, Erim-Özdoğan A, Ervynck A, Fulgione D, Gligor M, Götherström A, Gourichon L, Groenen MAM, Helmer D, Hongo H, Horwitz LK, Irving-Pease EK, Lebrasseur O, Lesur J, Malone C, Manaseryan N, Marciniak A, Martlew H, Mashkour M, Matthews R, Matuzeviciute GM, Maziar S, Meijaard E, McGovern T, Megens H-J, Miller R, Mohaseb AF, Orschiedt J, Orton D, Papathanasiou A, Pearson MP, Pinhasi R, Radmanović D, Ricaut F-X, Richards M, Sabin R, Sarti L, Schier W, Sheikhi S, Stephan E, Stewart JR, Stoddart S, Tagliacozzo A, Tasić N, Trantalidou K, Tresset A, Valdiosera C, van den Hurk Y, Van Poucke S, Vigne J-D, Yanevich A, Zeeb-Lanz A, Triantafyllidis A, Gilbert MTP, Schibler J, Rowley-Conwy P, Zeder M, Peters J, Cucchi T, Bradley DG, Dobney K, Burger J, Evin A and Girdland-Flink EL and Larson G

    Publish date:12/08/2019 00:00:00

  • Journal article

    New horizons at L’Anse aux Meadows

    Ledger PM and Girdland-Flink L and Forbes V

    Publish date:15/07/2019 00:00:00

  • Journal article

    Megalithic tombs in western and northern Neolithic Europe were linked to a kindred society

    Sánchez-Quinto F, Malmström H, Fraser M, Girdland Flink L, Svensson EM, Simões LG, George R, Hollfelder N, Burenhult G, Noble G, Britton K, Talamo S, Curtis N, Brzobohata H, Sumberovai R, Götherström A and Storå J and Jakobsson M

    Publish date:07/05/2019 00:00:00

  • Editorial/letter to the editor

    Authors’ Response

    Borrini M and Garlaschelli L

    Publish date:01/03/2019 00:00:00


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