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Elisavet Stamataki

CRUMBEL, Death and Fire

I am a joint PhD candidate at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and at the Université libre de Bruxelles. In 2018 I finished my MSc in Human Osteology and Palaeopathology (with Distinction) at the University of Bradford, United Kingdom. My studies in UK were supported by Lilian Voudouri Scholarship. For my master thesis, I used the stable light isotope analysis of Carbon (δ13C) and Nitrogen (δ15N) to investigate the diet of a Spanish medieval population from the cemetery of Sant Esteve de Canapost. In 2020, I completed my second master’s in Prehistoric Archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. For my master thesis, I studied the human skeletal remains of a collective burial that excavated in a chamber tomb near the Mycenaean palace of Dimini in Magnesia, Greece.

In 2018, I started a joined PhD at the VUB and ULB as a part of the CRUMBEL project and in 2020 I received an FWO PhD fellowship. My project’s title is ‘’Death and Fire: Investigating changes and specialisation in cremation practices in Belgium during the Metal Ages’’. I love doing chemical and structural analyses on human bones and I am always looking for the mysteries hidden in funerary practices.  


  • MSc Human Osteology and Palaeopathology 2018, University of Bradford, UK
  • MA Prehistoric archaeology 2020, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • FWO PhD fellowship 2020-2022, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Key Research Interests

  • Bioarchaeology
  • Isotopic Analyses (C, N, O, S, Sr)
  • Fourier Transformed Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • X-ray Powder Diffraction (XRD)
  • Osteology/Palaeopathology
  • Funerary practices 

Main Publications

  • Hlad, M., Veselka, B., Wolfe S., D., Herregods, B., Elskens, M., Annaert, R., Boudin, M., Capuzzo, G., Dalle, S. R. G., De Mulder, G., Sabaux, C., Salesse, K., Sengelov, A., Stamataki, E., Vercauteren, M., Warmenbol, E., Tys, D. & Snoeck, C. 2021. Revisiting metric sex estimation of burnt human remains via supervised learning using a reference collection of modern identified cremated individuals (Knoxville, USA). American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
  • Veselka, B., Hlad, M., Wolfe S., D., Annaert, H., Boudin, M., Capuzzo, G., Dalle, S., Kontopoulos, I., De Mulder, G., Sabaux, C., Salesse, K., Sengeløv, A., Stamataki, E., Vercauteren, M., Tys, D., Snoeck, C. 2020. Estimating age-at-death in burnt adult human remains using the Falys-Prangle method. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (In press).
  • Capuzzo, G., Snoeck, C., Boudin, M., Dalle, S., Annaert, R., De Mulder, G., Hlad, M., Kontopoulos, I., Sabaux, C., Salesse, K., Sengeløv, A., Stamataki, E., Tys, D., Veselka, B., Warmenbol, E. & Vercauteren, M. 2020. Cremation vs inhumation, modelling cultural changes in funerary practices from the Mesolithic to the Middle Ages in Belgium using Kernel Density Analysis on 14C data. Radiocarbon: 1-24.
  • Stamataki E., Sabaux C., Hlad M., Tys D., Snoeck C., Vercauteren M., Warmenbol E, Boudin M., Annaert R., Kontopoulos I., Veselka B., Dale S., Sengeløv A., Capuzzo G., Salesse K.,  Monsieur P. &  De Mulder G. 2019. An urn from Tongerlo in the archaeological collection of Ghent University (Belgium). Lunula. Archaeologia Protohistorica  27: 79-83.

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