Heat-induced changes in human bone probed by neutron vibrational spectroscopy

Neutron vibrational spectroscopy was applied to the study of burned human skeletal remains, as an innovative way of tackling heat-induced changes in human bone, which will have a significant impact in forensic, bioanthropological and archaeological contexts. The results, coupled to Raman and FTIR data, will lead to a reliable assessment and an improved understanding of the variations undergone by bone upon burning events, ultimately allowing to relate burned to pre-burned parameters. A quantitative relationship between spectroscopic features, macroscopic dimensional variations and specific burning conditions (e.g. temperature and duration) is sought.

Duration: 2017

Coordinator (PI): Maria Paula Marques (University of Coimbra)

Participant: David Gonçalves (CIAS)

Financial support: Science and Technology Facilities Council

Reference: ISIS Beamtime Application – RB1710008 (TOSCA)