Dulce Neves

Dulce Neves
University of Coimbra | UC · Research Centre for Anthropology and Health

Biological Anthropology


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Additional affiliations
January 2020 - February 2020
Municipio de Abrantes
  • Bioanthropologist
October 2019 - December 2019
Sapienza University of Rome
  • Internship at Laboratory for Diet and Ancient Technology (DANTE) (Erasmus + grant)
  • Microscopic analysis of human dental calculus (Paimogo sample)
September 2017 - September 2019
University of Coimbra
Field of study
  • Human Evolution and Biology.
September 2016 - July 2017
University of Coimbra
Field of study
  • Forensic Anthropology
September 2013 - July 2016
University of Coimbra
Field of study
  • Anthropology


Publications (10)
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O presente estudo apresenta um caso de transmigração de um canino numa mandíbula proveniente de um ossário Medieval-Moderno (Miranda-do-Corvo, Coimbra). Identificou-se um canino esquerdo impactado na região dos incisivos, recorrendo-se à análise macroscópica e imagiologia. Este caso realça a importância da radiologia como ferramenta diagnóstica nos...
Non‐masticatory dental lesions (e.g., notching, interproximal grooving, polished surfaces, lingual tilting, and dental trauma) may help evaluate the impact that dietary, individual, or social‐cultural habits had on ancient populations. Thus, this study aims to describe and discuss possible causes for dental wear and trauma recorded in 1206 commingl...
Dental pathology can provide information not only on the diet of past populations but also on populational biocultural differences. This study aims to interpret dental pathology of the individuals exhumed from a medieval-modern rural ossuary located next to Torre Sineira of Alto do Calvário (Miranda do Corvo) in terms of the biocultural conditions...
Brucellosis is a zoonosis caused by bacteria of the genus Brucella. Clinical studies describe osteoarticular complications as one of the most frequent symptoms. Additionally, brucellosis is related to life-threatening complications during pregnancy for both mother and child. This case study aims to present and discuss the osteological lesions obser...
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Mandibular traumatic injuries are rarely documented in bioanthropological literature. This study aims to present an antemortem mandibular fracture of an adult exhumed from a medieval-modern rural ossuary located next to Torre Sineira of Alto do Calvário (Miranda do Corvo, Portugal). The mandibular fragment, composed by the mental region and the lef...
Non-masticatory dental wear is relevant to understand occupational behaviour of past populations. The aim of this study is to present the cases of abrasion of individuals recovered from a Modern necropolis (15th-16th centuries) located in Portimão (Algarve, Portugal), and discuss possible causes. Teeth of 17 adult individuals (13 male and 4 female)...
This study aimed to analyze dental pathologies and tooth wear in a medieval-modern rural skeletal sample belonging to the ossuary exhumed next to Torre Sineira do Alto do Calvário (Miranda do Corvo, Coimbra). The sample consists of 1021 loose teeth and 376 jaws (2810 alveoli and 228 teeth in situ). Post and ante mortem tooth losses were recorded in...
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Com um caráter predominantemente descritivo e expositivo, o presente trabalho pretende reunir e sistematizar o conjunto de intervenções e sítios de interesse do concelho de Ourém para a Antropologia das populações do passado, sendo o resultado de um período de voluntariado realizado na Divisão de Ação Cultural da Câmara Municipal de Ourém, acompanh...


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Project (1)
Portuguese collective burials offer unique insights into the life of Late Neolithic and Chalcolithic (LN/C) populations. However, most skeletal remains are highly commingled and fragmentary, leaving critical questions concerning dietary and occupational activities unsolved. The development of new methods for investigating bioarcheological evidence provides new ways to resolve highly debated topics, as the role of plant resources, hence offering a more comprehensive picture of these communities' biographies and economic subsistence. This project will investigate human dental remains as a proxy for revealing aspects of everyday life, social and palaeoecological conditions. Data obtained from the analysis of dental calculus, dental micro-wear, and internal dental anatomy will be combined with the existing archaeological and anthropological evidence. This multidisciplinary research will contribute to the field by demonstrating the potential of multipronged dental analyses at a population level and attesting their archaeological value in offering new insights into diet, paleoenvironment and living conditions. PhD Project funded by FCT-Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia