Osteometrics in burned human skeletal remains: estimating heat-induced dimensional changes in bones by neutron spectroscopy

This study aims at developing a reliable method for probing diagenetic alterations in human bones upon burning events, by INS spectroscopy. The results will be coupled to Raman and FTIR data (obtained concomitantly), with a view to better understand heat-induced changes in bone, thus providing a way to estimate their effect on the metric dimensions of human skeletal remains.

Duration: 2015-2016

Coordinator: Maria Paula Marques (University of Coimbra)

Main Researcher: David Gonçalves (CIAS)

Financial support: Science and Technology Facilities Council (ISIS) (Portugal)

Reference: ISIS BeamTime Application – RB1520001 (MAPS)