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David Gonçalves 

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Research Interests
Human Bioarchaeology
Funerary Practices

I am a biological anthropologist with a main expertise in human osteology. My main affiliation is the Archeosciences Laboratory of the Directorate-General for Cultural Heritage (Portugal). I am especially interested in the etiology of heat-induced changes of the human skeleton and in how they affect our ability to retrieve relevant osteobiographic information from it as well as other details regarding the circumstances of death (e.g. funerary practices).

Main Publications

Gonçalves D, Vassalo AR, Makhoul C, Piga G, Mamede AP, Parker SF, Ferreira MT, Cunha E, Marques MPM, Batista de Carvalho LAE (2020). Chemosteometric regression models of heat exposed human bones to determine their pre-burnt metric dimensions. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 173(4): 734-747. DOI: 10.1002/AJPA.24104

Gonçalves D, Vassalo AR, Mamede AP, Makhoul C, Piga G, Cunha E, Marques MPM, Batista de Carvalho LAE (2018) Crystal clear: vibrational spectroscopy reveals intra-bone, intra-skeleton and inter-skeleton variation in human bones. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 166(2): 296-312. DOI:10.1002/ajpa.23430

Gonçalves D, Pires AE (2017) Cremation under fire: a review of bioarchaeological approaches from 1995 to 2015 Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 9 (8): 1677-1688. DOI: 10.1007/s12520-016-0333-0

Marques MP, Gonçalves D, Amarante A, Makhoul C, Parker S, Batista de Carvalho LA (2016) Osteometrics in burned human skeletal remains by neutron and optical vibrational spectroscopy. RSC Advances, 6: 68638-68641 DOI: 10.1039/C6RA13564A

Gonçalves D, Thompson TJU, Cunha E (2011) Implications of heat-induced bone changes on the interpretation of funerary behaviour. Journal of Archaeological Science, 38: 1308-1313. DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2011.01.006

Research Projects

IRonBONE – Returning ‘metrics’ to osteometrics in burned human skeletal remains: estimating heat-induced dimensional change through spectroscopy
Research PI: David Gonçalves (CIAS/InBIO)
Funding: Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (PTDC/IVC-ANT/1201/2014 & POCI-01-0145-FEDER-016766) – 54,514.00€
Dates: 2016/2019