Svenja Weise Postdoctoral researcher


Tel.: +45 6550 9529

Mob.: +45 9399 3668




11/2009 Doctor of Philosophy, Biological Medicine

The Medieval Cemetery S:t Jörgen in Malmö: A Paleodemographic Analysis

Forensic Institute, University of Southern Denmark, Odense

Funded by: Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock


02/2001 Magistra Artium, Pre- and Early History & Biological Anthropology

Microstratigraphic Excavation and Analysis of the Burial of Bishop Rudolf of Schleswig: Method and Insight

Universität Hamburg

Research laboratory: Archäologisches Landesmuseum Schloß Gottorf, Schleswig


06/2014 AAUS Scientific Diver& ESDP European Scientific Diver

Illyrian Coastal Exploration Program (ICEP) and International Centre for Underwater Archaeology (ICUA)

Zadar, Croatia



07/2009-08/2014 Research scientist, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany

“Sex and Survival - Mortality Differences in the Past ”

(NIH Grant P01 AG031719-01A1)

Department: Survival & Longevity


01/2009 - 06/2009 Research scientist, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

Department: Forensic Institute (Anthropological Database)


01/2003 - 12/2008 PhD student, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany

Department: Survival & Longevity


08/2001 - 12/2002 Research scientist, University Göttingen, Germany

“The Pre-Roman Iron Age Cemetery of Leese, Ldkr. Nienburg”

Department: Historical Anthropology and Human Ecology


Research interests:

  • Age and sex estimation from human skeletal remains
  • Paleodemography
  • Underwater Archaeology
  • Microstratigraphic excavation
  • Cremations



Boldsen, J.L., Milner, G.R., Weise, S., Lauritsen, J.M., Freund, U.H. (2015)

“Sex-related risks of trauma in medieval to early modern Denmark, and its relationship to change in interpersonal violence over time”

International Journal of Paleopathology 9: 59-68


Boldsen, J.L., Milner, G.R., Weise, S. (2015)

"Cranial vault trauma and selective mortality in medieval to early modern Denmark"

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112 (6): 1721–1726


Boldsen, J.L., Rasmussen K.L., et al. (2013)

“Schleswig: Medieval leprosy on the boundary between Germany and Denmark”

Anthropologischer Anzeiger 70(3): 273–287


Wittwer-Backofen, U., Buckberry J. L., et al. (2008)

"Basics in paleodemography: A comparison of age indicators applied to the early medieval skeletal sample of Lauchheim"

American Journal of Physical Anthropology 137(4): 384-396


Weise, S. (2008)

„Skelette - Zeitzeugen der Vergangenheit“

WissensMeer. Journal für die Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Region Rostock 10: 6-7