Marta Hlad

CRUMBEL, The People Behind the Ashes

I completed my undergraduate studies at the Department of Archaeology of the University of Ljubljana and an MSc in Osteology and Funerary Archaeology at Leiden University. Currently I am a joint PhD candidate at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Université Libre de Bruxelles. I started my PhD as a member of the CRUMBEL project (Cremations, Urns and Mobility, ancient population dynamics in BELgium).

After the first year on the project I obtained an individual 4-year FWO PhD fellowship for my project entitle The People Behind the Ashes. My research focuses on sex estimation of burnt human remains from forensic and archaeological contexts, using multiple approaches including osteology, machine learning, CT scanning and isotope analyses. 

Background

  • 2018 MSc Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology, Leiden University
  • 2015 Undergraduate Degree in Archaeology, University of Ljubljana

Key Research Interests

  • Bioarchaeology
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Sex estimation
  • Age-at-death estimation
  • Cremations
  • Isotope analyses,

Main Publications

  • Hlad, M., Veselka, B., Wolfe Steadman, 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 Steadman, 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.Estimating age-at-death in burnt adult human remains using degenerative phases of the sternal clavicle end. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, published online. (IF:2.662), 2020
  • Capuzzo, G., Snoeck, C., Boudin, M., Dalle, S., Annaert, R., Hlad, M., Kontopoulos, I., Sabaux, C., Salesse, K., Sengelov, A., Stamataki, E., Veselka, B., Warmenbol, E., De Mulder, G., Tys, D., Vercauteren, M. (2020). Crematin vs. inhumation: Modeling culture changes in funerary practices from the mesolithic to the middle ages in belgium using kernel density analysis on 14C data. Radiocarbon, 2020, 1-24.