Professor, Head of ADBOU


Telephone: +45 6550 3098 / +45 2618 4540


2008: Dr.Med.Sci. (Dr.Med) University of Southern Denmark.

1983: PhD. (lic.scient.), Biology and Statistics, Aarhus University.

1979: MSc, Biology, Aarhus University.

1972: BA, Ethnography and Social anthropology, Aarhus University.


2015 – present: Professor MSO (full professor), Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Southern Denmark.

2006: Guest Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.

2003 – 2015: Associate Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Southern Denmark.

1999 – 2003: Research Professor (full), Paleodemography, University of Southern Denmark.

1989 – 1999: Associate professor, Epidemiology, University of Odense.

1985 – 1989: Assistant professor, Department of Community Health, University of Southern Denmark.

1983 – 1985: Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Aarhus.

1980 – 1983: Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Aarhus.

Other positions:

1992 – present: Head and founder of the section of Anthropology (ADBOU)

Adjunct Professor in Anthropology, University of Utah, USA and University of Manitoba, Canada.

Vice-president of European Anthropological Association (EAA).

Member of: American Association of Physical Anthropologists.

Research interests:

  • Paleodemography
  • Paleoepidemiology
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Population history
  • Migration
  • Life history and evolution
  • Infectious diseases
  • Leprosy
  • General epidemiology
  • Reproduction and Gynaecological epidemiology

Publications (2017-2022):

Milner, G.R. & Boldsen, J.L., 2022. Population trends and the transition to agriculture: Global processes as seen from North America. PNAS, 119.

Brozou, A., Fuller, B. T., Grimes, V., Van Biesen, G., Ma, Y., Boldsen, J. L. & Mannino, M. A., 2022. Aquatic resource consumption at the Odense leprosarium: Advancing the limits of palaeodiet reconstruction with amino acid δ13C measurements. Journal of Archaeological Science. 141.

Boldsen J.L. 2022. Book review: The Viking Age – A Time of Many Faces. By Caroline Ahlström Arcini. Oxford: Oxbow Books. 2018. vi + 120 pp. Early Medieval Europe, 30, 1, 125-126.

Boldsen, J.L., Milner, G.R. & Ousley, S.D. 2022. P Paleodemography: From Age Estimation and Bioarchaeology to Life in the Past. Yearbook of Biological Anthropology, 2021: 1-36.

Milner, G. R., Boldsen, J. L., Ousley, S. D., Getz, S. M., Weise, S. & Tarp, P., 2021. Great expectations: The rise, fall, and resurrection of adult skeletal age estimation. I Remodeling Forensic Skeletal Age: Modern Applications and New Research Directions. Algee-Hewitt, B. F. B. & Kim, J. (red.). Academic Press, s. 139-154.

Brozou, A., Fuller, B. T., Grimes, V., Lynnerup, N., Boldsen, J. L., Jørkov, M. L., Pedersen, D. D., Olsen, J. & Mannino, M. A., 2021, Leprosy in medieval Denmark: Exploring life histories through a multi-tissue and multi-isotopic approach. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 176, 1, s. 36-53.

Rasmussen, K. L., Milner, G. R., Delbey, T., Skytte, L., Sovso, M., Callesen, F. & Boldsen, J. L., 2020, Copper exposure in medieval and post-medieval Denmark and northern Germany: its relationship to residence location and social position. Heritage Science. 8, 1, 22 s., 18.

Price, S. D., Prowse, T. L., Boldsen, J. L., Kuch, M., Duggan, A. T., Eaton, K., Klunk, J. & Poinar, H. N., 2020, Examining sampling strategies for archaeological dental calculus through the exploration of the regional variation of bacteria in the oral microbiome. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 171, Suppl. 69, s. 222-223

Brozou, A., Fuller, B. T., Grimes, V., Van Biesen, G., Lynnerup, N., Boldsen, J. L., Jorkov, M. L., Pedersen, D. D., Olsen, J. & Mannino, M. A, 2020, Leprosy in Medieval Denmark: a multi-tissue and multi-isotopic approach to investigate life histories. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 171, Suppl. 69, s. 39

Dangvard Pedersen, D., Tarp, P., Søvsø, M., Petersen, H. C., Milner, G. R. & Boldsen, J. L. 2020. A millennium of population change in pre-modern Danish Ribe. Anthropologischer Anzeiger; Bericht uber die biologisch-anthropologische Literatur. 77, 1, 13-25

Arge, S., Wenzel, A., Holmstrup, P., Jensen, N. D., Lynnerup, N. & Boldsen, J. L., 2020. Transition analysis applied to third molar development in a Danish population. Forensic Science International. 308.

Klunk, J., Duggan, A. T., Redfern, R., Gamble, J., Boldsen, J. L., Golding, G. B., Walter, B. S., Eaton, K., Stangroom, J., Rouillard, J. M., Devault, A., DeWitte, S. N. & Poinar, H. N., 2019. Genetic resiliency and the Black Death: No apparent loss of mitogenomic diversity due to the Black Death in medieval London and Denmark. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 169, 2, s. 240-252

Rasmussen, K. L., Milner, G., Skytte, L., Lynnerup, N., Thomsen, J. L. & Boldsen, J. L. 2019. Mapping diagenesis in archaeological human bones. Heritage Science. 7, 24 s., 41.

Hermanussen, M., Pulungan, A. B., Scheffler, C., Mumm, R., Rogol, A. D., Pop, R., Swanson, J. M., Sonuga-Barke, E., Reimann, A., Siniarska-Wolanska, A., Musalek, M., Bogin, B., Boldsen, J. L., Tassenaar, P. G. V., Groth, D., Liu, Y. C., Meigen, C., Quanjer, B., Thompson, K., Özer, B. K. & 11 more. 2019. Meeting Report: The Role of Beliefs and Perception on Body Size. Proceedings of the 26th Aschauer Soiree.

Pedersen, D.D., Milner, G.R., Kolmos, H.J., Boldsen, J.L. 2019. The association between skeletal lesions and tuberculosis diagnosis using a probabilistic approach. International Journal of Paleopathology 27: 88-100.

Pedersen, D.D., Milner, G.R., Kolmos, H.J., Boldsen, J.L. 2019. Tuberculosis in medieval and early modern Denmark: A paleoepidemiological perspective. International Journal of Paleopathology 27: 101-108.

Milner, G., Boldsen, J. L., Ousley, S., Getz, S. M., Weise, S., Tarp, P. & Steadman, D. W. 2018, Selective mortality in middle-aged American women with Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH). PLOS ONE. 13, 8, 14 s., e0202283.

Krause-Kyora, B. , Nutsua, M. , Boehme, L. , Pierini, F. , Pedersen, D. D. , Kornell, S. C. , Drichel, D. , Bonazzi, M. , Möbus, L. , Tarp, P. , Susat, J. , Bosse, E. , Willburger, B. , Schmidt, A. H. , Sauter, J. , Franke, A. , Wittig, M. , Caliebe, A. , Nothnagel, M. , Schreiber, S. & 3 flere , 2018. Ancient DNA study reveals HLA susceptibility locus for leprosy in medieval Europeans. Nature Communications. 9, 11 s., 1569.

Schuenemann, V. J. , Avanzi, C. , Krause-Kyora, B. , Seitz, A. , Herbig, A. , Inskip, S. , Bonazzi, M. , Reiter, E. , Urban, C. , Dangvard Pedersen, D. , Taylor, G. M. , Singh, P., Stewart, G. R. , Velemínský, P. , Likovsky, J. , Marcsik, A. , Molnár, E. , Pálfi, G., Mariotti, V. , Riga, A. & 10 flere , 2018. Ancient genomes reveal a high diversity of Mycobacterium leprae in medieval Europe. PLOS Pathogens. 14, 5, 17 s., e1006997.

Arge, S., Boldsen, J. L., Wenzel, A., Holmstrup, P., Jensen, N. D. & Lynnerup, N., 2018. Third molar development in a contemporary Danish 13–25-year-old population. Forensic Science International. 289, 12-17.

Milner GR, Boldsen JL. 2017. Life not death: Epidemiology from skeletons. International Journal of Paleopathology. 17, s. 26-39.

Rasmussen KL, Skytte L, d’Imporzano P, Thomsen PO, Søvsø M, Boldsen JL. 2017. On the distribution of trace element concentrations in multiple bone elements in 10 Danish medieval and post-medieval individuals, American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 162, 1, 90-102.

Gamble JA, Boldsen JL, Hoppa RD. 2017. Stressing out in medieval Denmark: An investigation of dental enamel defects and age at death in two medieval Danish cemeteries. International Journal of Paleopathology. 17, 52-66.

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