ADBOU curates the remains of more than 16,000 skeletons excavated from Bronze Age, Viking Age, Medieval and Post Medieval cemeteries.
Haagerup cemetery excavation
ADBOU is in collaboration with Øhavsmuseet, Museum Faaborg excavating the abandoned medieval cemetery Haagerup.
ADBOU runs courses within the fields of bioarchaeology, osteology, palaeopathology, palaeodemography and paleoepidemiology on bachelor, master and PhD levels.
The bone box
ADBOU invites school classes and others with interest in the interdisciplinary field of biological anthropology to visit the collection and learn about human biology, human evolution and life of people in the past.
ADBOU is the Unit of Anthropology at the Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Southern Denmark in Odense. We are one of two state institutions in Denmark that curates human skeletal remains from archaeological excavations. More than 15,000 skeletons, dated from Viking age to early modern times (approx. AD 800 - 1800) are stored in the collection.
At ADBOU we offer advice before, during and after the excavation of skeletons. We examine skeletons for basic data collection and as part of research projects. We use the skeletons for teaching students, school children and others with interest in human health, biology and life in the past. Furthermore we handle the forensic anthropological cases brought to the Institute of Forensic Medicine.