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My research project applies paleopathology and stable isotope analysis in the study of Estonian medieval and early modern populations. I am currently focused on the effects of historical episodes of famine and epidemic on the non-adult sections of the population, with research questions concerning the health and stress of pregnant women and their offspring, infectious and metabolic diseases, and caregiving and treatment of children in the Baltics
The analysis of surface bone changes is an essential aspect of the paleopathological examination of skeletal remains from archaeological and forensic contexts, and proper digital imaging is an indispensable aspect of the documentation of bone modifications. This paper evaluates the applicability of Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) to the st...
This paper reports a case study of 43 fetuses and perinates from four mass graves and two double burials from the cemetery of St Jacob in Tartu (SE Estonia). The burials were dated to the 13th‐15th centuries AD and located outside the cemetery walls, and likely can be linked to historically‐recorded episodes of famine and epidemic in medieval Livon...
As a modern academic Ulysses, the historical scientist is enticed by numerous plausible scientific theories that can explain the historical data in search of the truth. However, the predicament of her work is to inevitably crash onto the rocks and cliffs of uncertainty. The problem discussed in this paper is that several scientific models can be su...
The skeletal remains of non-adults provide endless insights into numerous aspects of their personal, family and social lives. Although they were considered to be marginal members of society, children can potentially shed light on factors influencing the overall health and survival of their communities, sensitively conveying the ability of a populat...
The Capuchin church of Santa Lucia del Mela was built in 1610 in a prominent position, near the walls of this historic Sicilian village. This important architectural structure is associated with an underlying crypt and holds skeletonized and intentionally mummified remains of laymen and clergymen. Framed in the Sicily Mummy Project, a preliminary s...
The roman NW Olisipo necropolis discovered in Praça da Figueira (Lisbon) was located along a major roman road and used between mid-1st to mid 4th centuries AD. To date, 64 inhumations and 23 cremations were identified. Amongst the cremation burials, two large cupae (mid-2nd to 3rd centuries AD) unequivocally stand out. Differently from other simila...
____________ As fotografias aqui apresentadas representam exemplos de ossos e dentes humanos cremados, identificados nos contextos de cremações da Necrópole Noroeste de Olisipo. A Necrópole Noroeste de Olisipo é um espaço hoje ocupado pela Praça da Figueira (Lisboa, Portugal), mas entre meados do século I e inícios do século V era uma necrópole Ro...
This project is aimed at the study and understanding of the health conditions of several skeletal collections discovered in the Sicilian territory, through the integration of palaeopathology and stable isotope analyses