Media attention to the IRonBONE project

Our latest trip to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory caught the eye of the BBC. Check out the piece broadcasted on the 8th of December of 2016, featuring our collaborators Maria Paula Marques, Luís Batista de Carvalho, Ana Vassalo from the University of Coimbra and Giulia Festa from the University of Rome.

3rd Meeting of the INMLCF

We attended the 3rd Meeting of the Instituto Nacional de Medicina Legal e Ciências Forenses that took place on the 9-11th of November, 2016. These were our talks and poster:

Aplicação do método de Lamendin para a estimativa de idade em dentes recentemente extraídos de uma amostra portuguesa actual
Santos I, Gouveia M, Cunha E, Gonçalves D

Estudo pioneiro sobre as variações pós-deposicionais em restos esqueléticos queimados e não-queimados: implicações para a bioantropologia
Amarante A, Ferreira MT, Cunha E, Gonçalves D

Individualização de vestígios humanos queimados dispersos e/ou misturados através da espectroscopia vibracional
Makhoul C, Cunha E, Batista de Carvalho L, Gonçalves D

The Force awakens? O efeito da gravidade na ocorrência de deformação térmico-induzida
Vassalo A, Mamede A, Ferreira MT, Cunha, Gonçalves D

Latest meetings

You can download here our latest posters!

85th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropology (13-16th April of 2016, Atlanta, USA)
Sex diagnosis of the human dentition after heat exposure: the potential of cementum-enamel junction and root dimensions
Gouveia M, Santos IO, Santos AL, Gonçalves D
50th Dental Anthropology Scientific Symposium (9-11th June of 2016, Zagreb, Croatia)
A peek into burnt teeth: analyses of dental tissues for age at death estimation
Santos IO, Gouveia M, Cunha E, Gonçalves D (2016)

 

Check out our latest publications!

Marques MP, Gonçalves D, Amarante A, Makhoul C, Parker S, Batista de Carvalho LA (accepted) Osteometrics in burned human skeletal remains by neutron and optical vibrational spectroscopy. RSC Advances, 6: 68638-68641 DOI: 10.1039/C6RA13564A

Vassalo A, Cunha E, Batista de Carvalho LA, Gonçalves D (accepted) Rather yield than break: assessing the influence of human bone collagen content on heat-induced warping through vibrational spectroscopy. International Journal of Legal Medicine. DOI: 10.1007/s00414-016-1400-x

Gonçalves D, Pires AE (2016) Cremation under fire: a review of bioarchaeological approaches from 1995 to 2015 Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. DOI: 10.1007/s12520-016-0333-0

We attended the first conference of the APCF and the 68th Annual Meeting of the AAFS!

HOT Project related researches were presented in these two events. Podium and poster presentations were given at the 1st conference of the Associação Portuguesa de Ciências Forenses in Porto (February 12).

Discrimination of burned human remains through vibrational spectroscopy
Makhoul C (presenter), Batista de Carvalho L, Cunha E, Gonçalves D

In Las Vegas, our talk at the AAFS meeting (February 22-27) had the following title: 

Forensic examination of burned human skeletal remains: shifting the paradigm
Gonçalves D, d’Oliveira Coelho J, Makhoul C, Santos I, Vassalo T, Ferreira MT, Batista de Carvalho L, Cunha E (presenter)

 

HOT Project at BBC!

Following our experiments at ISIS (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK), we have been getting some media attention. Our project was one of the researches focused on the BBC World Service show Science in Action that was broadcasted yesterday (12th of November of 2015). You can stream the show here. Our burned bone research is mentioned in minute 11:40. You can also listen to the interview here:

The piece was published online here and our research is also highlighted at the ISIS website here.

Our thanks go to Jonathan Webb, Jack Stewart and all the wonderful team at Science in Action as well as to Emily Mobley at the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

Burned bones project at ISIS

It is no secret that one of the major objectives of the HOT project is to better understand heat-induced changes on human skeletal remains. This week, we are giving a major step to achieve that goal by using inelastic neutron scattering to document changes in both unburned bones and experimentally burned bones.
After a successful application, beamtime was attributed by ISIS at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (UK) to our project from the 4th to the 8th of November of 2015 to use the MAPS instrument. Maria Paula Marques (PI), Luís Batista de Carvalho and David Gonçalves, along with ISIS instrument scientist Stewart Parker, are making the analyses which can be followed live at the ISIS website. Visit the website to know more about the proton accelerator that we are using.