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Maria Giovanna Belcastro

Professoressa associata confermata

Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali

Settore scientifico disciplinare: BIO/08 ANTROPOLOGIA

Temi di ricerca

Parole chiave: Bioarcheologia Osteologia forense indicatori scheletrici comportamenti funerari malattie infettive Neandertaliani

The topic of the researches is the study of human skeletal remains in the evolutive and bioarchaoelogical perspectives with application in forensic field.

The specific lines are:

  • Biology and behavior of humans in the transitional periods (Middle/Upper Paleolithic and Neolithic; roman/medieval).

  • Muscoloskeletal stress markers (MSM) in archaeological and identified human skeletal collections.

  • Infectious diseases in archaeological and identified human skeletal collections.

  • Funerary rituals from Upper Paleolithic to modern periods.

  • Methods for the reconstruction of human profile and identification using identified human skeletal


Dr. VALENTINA MARIOTTI, PhD (in Anthropological Sciences, UNIBO)

Dr. BENEDETTA BONFIGLIOLI, PhD (in Anthropological Sciences, UNIBO)

Dr. MARIA ELENA PEDROSI, PhD (in Biodiversity and Evolution, UNIBO)

Dr. VIOLA TANGANELLI, PhD (in Evolutive Biology, UNISI).

Dr. RITA SORRENTINO, postgraduate (XXXII cycle in Sciences of Hearth, Life and Environment, UNIBO)


The researches are conducted on the osteological collections of the Museum of Anthropology (about 1000 skeletons of the human identified - for sex, age, disease, etc. - Italian modern (XIX-XX c.) collections) and many osteoarchaelogical collections (from Neolithic to modern period).



Life Sciences

LS8 Evolutionary, population and environmental biology: evolution, ecology,

animal behaviour, population biology, biodiversity, biogeography, marine biology,

eco-toxicology, prokaryotic biology

LS8_2 Population biology, population dynamics, population genetics, plant-animal


LS8_3 Systems Evolution, biological adaptation, phylogenetics, systematics


Social Sciences and Humanities

SH6 The study of the human past: archaeology, history and memory

SH6_2 Prehistory and protohistory

SH6_3 Ancient history, ancient cultures

SH6_12 Cultural heritage