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Eline Schotsmans is a research fellow (Australian Research Council - DECRA) at UOW and an associate researcher 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.

Eline studies funerary practices that alter decomposition rates such as natural mummification (e.g desiccation) and plaster burials (lime or gypsum burials). 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. Additionally, she studies inorganic burial inclusions, present in burials as the result of diagenetic processes or funerary practices (e.g. lime, gypsum or ochre).

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 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.

Eline edited two books: (1) The Routledge Handbook of Archaeothanatology (2022) and (2) Taphonomy of Human Remains: Forensic Analysis of the Dead and the Depositional Environment (2017)

 

Research Overview


  • - Funerary practices and archaeo-anthropology (archaeothanatology)

    - Taphonomic processes and biodegradation

    - Forensic archaeology and anthropology

    - Altered decomposition rates (eg. mummification)

    - Soft tissue and bone histology (histotaphonomy)

    - Soil analysis, microbiology

    - Analytical science in archaeology: SEM, Raman spectroscopy, FTIR, XRD, GC-MS

    - Mass disasters and mass disaster management

Selected Publications


Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • AAC-8583-2020

Research Overview


  • - Funerary practices and archaeo-anthropology (archaeothanatology)

    - Taphonomic processes and biodegradation

    - Forensic archaeology and anthropology

    - Altered decomposition rates (eg. mummification)

    - Soft tissue and bone histology (histotaphonomy)

    - Soil analysis, microbiology

    - Analytical science in archaeology: SEM, Raman spectroscopy, FTIR, XRD, GC-MS

    - Mass disasters and mass disaster management

Selected Publications


Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • AAC-8583-2020
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