What do skeletons tell us about the past?


About the research

Katrien Van de Vijver is a physical anthropologist: by studying skeletons and bones from the Middle Ages, she tries to reconstruct the story of the past. See what she can learn from this  🦴🎥👇

Katrien Van de Vijver

Since she was little, Katrien Van de Vijver was fascinated by history. Regular visits to museums and ruins inspired her to study archaeology and physical anthropology to come face to face with people from the past. For her PhD she studied human remains from St.Rombout’s cemetery in Mechelen. By combining information from the skeletons with how they were buried, part of the past population and the way they lived their lives could be reconstructed.

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