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Ana Maria Silva

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Research Interests
Biological Anthropology
Dental Anthropology
Funerary Anthropology

Ana Maria Silva has a degree in Biology from the University of Coimbra (1992), a PhD in Anthropology (2002) and Habilitation (Tenure Exam, 2019) from the same University. She joined the teaching career as Assistant in 1993.

To date, she published 64 ISI articles, 13 international peer-reviewed articles, 11 international book chapters, 10 national book chapters and 21 articles in national peer-review journals. In 2011, she created the Prehistory Laboratory (CIAS), and in 2016, she started the Modern Dental Cast Reference Collection.

Throughout her career she has coordinated or participated in several international research projects, including one Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, Mobility, Subsistence Patterns and Kinship from the Late Neolithic until the Iron Age in Southwest Iberia (International cooperation between Portugal and Germany; 2021/22), and member of Cost Action 19131: Europe through Textiles: Network for an Integrated and Interdisciplinary Humanities (2020/24). Its scientific activity also includes Scientific Consultancy in research projects, to public entities (Museums and Municipal Councils) and private entities (Archaeology companies), exhibitions and anthropological excavations. Her teaching activity includes several curricular units as, Primatology, Dental and Funerary Anthropology, workshops and advanced courses. The completed orientations include 5 PhDs, 38 Masters and 26 Graduate Theses.

Main Publications

Silva, AM; Leandro, I.; Gomes, R.; Oliveira-Santos; I. (2022). The modern Dental Cast Reference Collection from the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Annals of Anatomy – Anatomischer Anzeiger 243: 151937.

Marciniak, S.; Bergey; C.; Silva, AM….. Pinhasi; R.; Perry, GH. (2021) An integrative skeletal and paleogenomic analysis of prehistoric stature variation suggests relatively reduced health for early European farmers. PNAS 119 (15) e2106743119. Published online 6 Abril. (10.1073/pnas.2106743119).

Emslie, S.; Silva, AM.; Valer, A.; Vijande Vila, E.; Melo, L.; Curate, F., Fidalgo; D.; Inácio, N., Molina Moreno, M.; Cambra-Moo, O., González Martín, A.; Barroso-Bermejo, R., Montero Artús, García Sanjuán, L. (2021). The use and abuse of Cinnabar in Late Neolithic and Copper Age Iberia. International Journal of Osteoarcheology 32(1): 202 – 214.

Silva, AM; Sousa, AC; Boaventura, R.; Scarre, C. (2021). A closer look at the forgotten bones of the Dolmen of Pedras Grandes (Odivelas, Portugal). (Examining old human remains 7). SPAL – Revista de Prehistória e Arqueología 30(2): 20 – 46.

Curate, F.; Coelho, JDO.; Silva, AM. (2021). CalcTalus – An Online Decision Support System for the Estimation of Sex with the Calcaneus and Talus. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 13(5): 1 – 10. (doi:10.1007/s12520-021-01327-y).

Silva, AM. (2021). Insights into the funerary practices in the Dolmen of Cabecinha (Figueira da Foz, Portugal)”. Documenta Praehistorica 48: 2-13. (doi.org/10.4312/dp.48.9).

Willman, J.; Valera, AC; Silva, AM. (2020). The embodiment of craft production in Bronze Age Portugl: Exceptional dental wear grooves in an individual from Monte do Vale do Ouro 2 (Ferreira do Alentejo, Portugal). International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 31 (2): 252 – 262 (doi: 10.1002/oa.2944).

Silva, AM. (2020). The Megalithic builders: new data on old bones from the Megalitho do Facho (Figueira da Foz, Portugal). Documenta Praehistorica XLVIII: 390 – 403. (doi: 10.4312\dp.47.21).

Silva, AM; Sousa, AC.; Boaventura, R.; Scarre, C. (2019). The forgotten bones of the Dolmen of Carrascal (Agualva, Sintra, Portugal), Examining old remains. Trabajos de Prehistoria 76(2): 345 – 356. (doi: 10.3989/tp.2019.12242).

Silva, AM. (2019). A Necrópole de Alapraia: o local do sono eterno de uma população humana. O que os restos ósseos humanos nos revelam sobre ela…Antropologia Portuguesa 36: 27 – 55. (doi: 10.14195/2182-7982_36_6).

Emslie, SD.; Alderman, A.; McKenzie, A.; Brasso, R.; Taylor, AR.; Moreno, MM; Cambra-Moo, O.; Martín, A.; Silva, AM.; Valera, A.; Sanjuán, LG., Vila, E. (2019). Mercury in archaeological human bone: biogenic or diagenetic? Journal of Archaeological Science 108: 104969. (doi: 10.1016/j.jas.2019.05.005).

Olalde, I.; Mallick, S.; Patterson, N.; Rohland, N.; Villaba-Mouco, V.…. Silva, AM.……Reich, D. (2019). The genomic history of the Iberian Peninsula over the past 8000 years. Science 363 (6432): 1230 – 1234. (doi: 10.1126/science.aav4040).

Olalde, I.; Brace, S.; Allentoft, ME.; Armit, I.; Kristiansen, K.; ….Silva, AM.…  Reich, D. (2018). The Beaker phenomenon and the genomic transformation of northwest Europe. Nature 555 (7695): 190 – 196. (doi:10.1038/nature25738).