Eline Schotsmans is a post-doctoral research fellow (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Global - Horizon 2020) at both UOW and the University of Bordeaux in France. Her research is focused on funerary practices and burial taphonomy and lies at the interface between archaeo-anthropology and forensic sciences.
Since her PhD research Eline is looking into funerary practices that alter decomposition rates such as plaster burials, natural desiccation (e.g mummification) or decay acceleration. She is interested in the transition from soft tissue to bone on a macroscopic and microscopic level and its taphonomic effects on and from the depositional environment. In addition, she analyses inorganic burial inclusions, present in burials as the result of diagenetic processes or funeary practices (e.g. lime, gypsum).
As an early career researcher, she has studied and worked in Belgium (Free University Brussels), the United Kingdom (University of Bradford) and France (Université de Bordeaux). For each of these positions she has won several prestigious grants and awards such as from the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK, the Initiative d’Excellence in France and the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Curie Fellowship between Australia and France. Working in three European countries helped to broaden her archaeo-anthropological perspective in both a theoretical and empirical way.
Eline’s interdisciplinary approach brings a set of skills in archaeology, anthropology, archaeometry, soil science, microbiology and forensic science. Next to her archaeological fieldwork, she is regularly consulted on forensic casework. She has a wide range of forensic experience including responses to five aircraft accidents and one terrorist attack.