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ADBOU has moved to campus The collection is still stored in Lucernemarken, but is going to be moved

For the moment, only offices and lab facilities have been moved to the university campus. The collection is still stored in Lucernemarken.

The reason for moving is the bad conditions of the present building, which is contaminated with an increasing amount of mould. The level of mould is so far not dangerous for the personnel's health, nor for the preservation of the bones in the collection.

Nevertheless, before it got too bad, and for the safety of the personnel, it was decided promptly to leave the building and move the offices to very nice and modern facilities at the university campus. We are hoping for an acceptable solution of moving the collection to new facilities soonest possible within the next half year.

Working with the bones, routinely as well as osteological reporting, researching and teaching, continues as before. So please do not hesitate to contact us, or to send bones to ADBOU for handling! Our work continues as usual!

Decapitated skull found near Svendborg



Anthropologists from ADBOU are involved in investigations of the finding of a skull in a forest near Svendborg. 

The find consists of a skull, mandibula and two vertebrae of the neck. The mandibula shows clear cut marks caused by decapitation. On the temporal and cheekbones are evidence of healed lesions.

The skull is of a man that died in his 40s or 50s. It is uncertain exactly when the man died but it is likely many years ago. A 14C-analysis of a tooth will provide information about the time of death.

The skull is presented in this small film (SDU): Meet the forensic anthropologist

Watch Dorthe Dangvard Pedersen tell about the skull (TV2 Fyn).

TheCityDwellers - Migration and Health in Medieval Viborg awarded grant from FKK



The Danish research council for culture and communication has awarded the research project TheCityDwellers – Migration and Health in Medieval Viborg a grant of 4,482,000 DKK.

The project will by using excavated skeletons, explore the consequences of environmental, social and economic change on human migration, mortality and morbidity in a tightly defined historical context of Medieval Viborg.

The principal investigator of the project is head of ADBOU Prof. Jesper Boldsen. The project is housed at the Unit of Anthropology (ADBOU), Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Southern Denmark, and at Cultural Heritage and Archaeometric Research Team (CHART), Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark.

The project will start during the autumn of 2016.

Read more about the project in the following newsletters.

Newsletter no. 1 (English)

Nyhedsbrev nr. 1 (dansk)

Jesper Boldsen appointed Professor (MSO)



Head of ADBOU, anthropologist, Jesper Boldsen is appointed professor (MSO) at the Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Southern Denmark.

Press release (University of Sourthern Denmark website).

Archaeologists find remains of early medieval bishops grave



Archaeologist from Odense bys Museer find remains of a 1,000 year old bishop's grave. 

Watch the video from the opening of the grave (Fyens Stiftstidende).



The bones arrive at ADBOU. 

Watch the video from the first examination of the bones  (TV2/Fyn).