In my research, I combine my multi-disciplinary expertise in archaeology and isotope geochemistry to answer key archaeological questions. Following a MSc in chemical engineering (ULB, 2010), I obtained a second MSc (2011) and a PhD (2015) in archaeological science from the University of Oxford (UK). I then came back to Belgium as a post-doctoral researcher at the VUB. In 2017 I obtained a post-doctoral fellowship from both the FWO (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen) and the FNRS (Fond de Recherche Scientifique de la Belgique) to expand my research on the isotopic study of burned human remains.
Since January 2018, I am also the Scientific Coordinator of the CRUMBEL project - Cremation, Urns and Mobility: population dynamics in BELgium - funded by the Belgian Excellence of Science program (EoS). Bringing together researchers from three Belgium universities (VUB, ULB and UGent), this project studies the collections of Belgian cremated bone dating from the Neolithic to the Early Middle Ages to provide insights on funerary practices, migration and mobility patterns of past Belgian populations. On 1st February 2021, with the start of this ERC project, I also start my tenure track as a Research Professor at the VUB.
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Key Research Interests