Claudine Abegg

Claudine Abegg
Centre universitaire romand de médecine légale Lausanne - Genève (CURML) · Unité d'Imagerie et d'Anthropologie Forensique (UIAF)

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Introduction
Forensic anthropologist for the CURML in Lausanne, Switzerland, and external collaborator for the Laboratory of Prehistoric Archaeology and Anthropology at UNIGE, Geneva. I work on forensic anthropology cases, as well as investigating the health of human populations in the Leman Basin from prehistory to modern times. Interested in everything anthropology-related, but mostly paleopathology, paleoepidemiology, and forensic archaeology and anthropology.
Additional affiliations
December 2019 - present
Centre universitaire romand de médecine légale Lausanne - Genève (CURML)
Position
  • forensic anthropologist
September 2019 - September 2019
University of Geneva
Position
  • PostDoc Position
July 2016 - July 2019
University of Geneva
Position
  • Scientific and administrative assistant (ongoing)
Description
  • Providing support for an academic project at the Laboratory of prehistoric archaeology and anthropology of the university of Geneva.
Education
November 2014 - September 2018
University of Geneva
Field of study
  • Paleoanthropology
October 2012 - August 2013
Cranfield University
Field of study
  • Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology
October 2009 - August 2012
Durham University
Field of study
  • Archaeology and Anthropology

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Publications (17)
Presentation
Forensic anthropology is the application of the methods of physical anthropology to legal investigations. This includes e.g. the differentiation of human and animal bones, providing information on the minimum number of individuals, the analyses of the biological profile of unidentified human remains, and the determination of the mechanism that affe...
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This research focuses on the Neolithic populations of Western Switzerland (5500–2200 BCE) and on establishing their paleopathological profile. This chronological period presents varying burial practices, and the aim was to be able to synthesise all information regarding the pathologies these populations exhibited, in such a way that statistical tes...
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Virtual anthropology (VA) is based on applying anthropological methods currently used to analyse bones to 3D models of human remains. While great advances have been made in this endeavour in the past decade, several interrogations concerning how reliable these models are and what their proper use should be remain unanswered. In this research, a fun...
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Endocranial lesions known as serpens endocrania symmetrica (SES) appear relatively frequently in the paleopathological record, but their significance often goes undiscussed. For the past decade, however, research has proved conclusively that their presence is an indicator of illnesses within the corpus. As such, cases found in the archaeological re...
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Whilst undertaking a paleoepidemiological study of the neolithic and Bell Beaker culture populations of western Switzerland, a strange case was uncovered in the necropolis of Barmaz II. Individual R16 is only represented by three cranial fragments, two of them appearing grossly misshapen. Under different circumstances, the pathologies might have go...
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Fully skeletonized human remains in mass graves would appear to need the involvement of archaeologists. Large mass graves containing bodies in different stages of decomposition need to be investigated from a multidisciplinary approach if there is still a possibility to identify the persons buried within them. In Slovakia, human remains are consider...
Technical Report
Une intervention a été réalisée par le SAEF en 2014 et en 2015 dans le couvent des Cordeliers suite à des travaux de transformations du bâtiment et de ses jardins. L’aile orientale de l’édifice médiéval a été mise au jour révélant - entre autres - des sépultures (Bourgarel 2016). Cette étude concerne l’analyse bioanthropologique des 18 tombes mises...
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We present the case of an individual from the Simon Identified Skeletal Collection (Vaud, Switzerland) who appears to have been affected by a form of neoplastic disease. A detailed description and differential diagnosis of the lesions was conducted and is presented here. Considering the biological profile of the individual, the distribution of the...

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Projects (2)
Project
As virtual anthropology develops as a discipline, it is becoming an important part of physical but especially of forensic anthropology. Many studies have started to investigate the potential of imaging methods, such as CT and 3D surface scans in forensic anthropology. The aim of the project is to bring together research within the discipline of virtual anthropology and to share knowledge on how traditional anthropological methods can be performed on virtual models.
Project
PhD project: exploring the distribution and frequency of diseases during the neolithic in the region, in order to establish a panorama of the kind of lesions that affected populations at the time and the impact these might have had at the individual and population levels.