On 9th March, 2022 at 10.15, Cecilie Cordua Mattsson defended her master thesis. The defence took place online.


The new TA Age-Estimation Workshop

February 18, 2020: ADBOU invited friends and colleagues to join an Age-Estimation Workshop with introduction to the new Transition Analysis and hands-on workshop. See program here



New publication in PLOS pathogens co-authored by ADBOU staff

Ancient genomes reveal a high diversity of Mycobacterium leprae in medieval Europe 

Read about the study in The Guardian, 10 May 2018: New study suggests leprosy came from Europe

Original publication: “Ancient genomes reveal a high diversity of Mycobacterium leprae in medieval Europe”; Scheunemann et al.; PLOS Pathogens; 2018.

Ancient DNA study reveals HLA susceptibility locus for leprosy in medieval Europeans

A new study by Krause-Kyora et al. published in Nature Communications identifies predisposition for leprosy in Europeans.

The first case-control study based on ancient DNA (aDNA) with Jesper Boldsen, Dorthe Dangvard Pedersen and Peter Tarp from ADBOU on the list of authors used data from  bone samples of 85 especially severe cases of leprosy from the leprosarium in Odense dated to the  the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, and 223 medieval Danish and Northern German skeletons were used as controls.

Read more about the results in the press release from CAU Kiel University: Genetic predisposition for leprosy identified in Europeans

Jesper Boldsen, ADBOU, and Almut Nebel & Ben Krause Kyora from Kiel University
Odense Sct. Jorgen G705
Odense Sct. Jorgen G670



Decapitated skull found near Svendborg

16.10.2016: 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.

Close up of the mandibula with
decapitation cut


Archaeologists find remains of early medieval bishops grave

17.09.2015: Archaeologist from Odense bys Museer find remains of a 1,000 year old bishop’s grave. The bones arrive at ADBOU.