I am an Assistant Professor in Biological Anthropology at the Department of Anthropology of Masaryk University (Brno, Czech republic).
I am a science-based archaeologist specializing in bioanthropology and biogeochemistry and am interested in a range of biocultural issues related to the past. My main work focuses on the study of dietary habits, funerary practices and mobility of Graeco-Roman populations (e.g. Catacombs of Saints Peter and Marcellinus, Pompeii, Tongeren, etc.), although scientific opportunities have also offered me to work on other archaeological and forensic contexts (e.g. soldiers from modern period in Prague or from the First World War in France).
I am the founder and director of the IsoArcH initiative (www.isoarch.eu), an open access isotope database for bioarchaeology supported by a community of isotope experts with a strong interest in archaeology, anthropology, zooarchaeology, and archaeobotany. Through IsoArcH, I aim to propose new tools to facilitate researchers to enter fully into the era of Big Data and Open Science.
I am the editor-in-chief of Anthropologica et Praehistorica, the journal of the Royal Belgian Society of Anthropology and Prehistory (founded in 1882).
Keywords: Bioarchaeology; Graeco-Roman world; Past diet practices; Population movements; Funerary customs; Isotope (C, N, O, S, Sr, Pb) & infrared (FTIR) analyses