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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.

Skeletal collection

List of cemeteries in the skeletal collection.

List of cemeteries

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OOOS XXXV: Excavation of human skeletal remains

Inaugural seminar Jesper Boldsen