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Maura De Coster

Constructing the Limes

As a bioarchaeologist, I specialize in isotope analysis within archaeological contexts of the Roman Low countries. My current research for my PhD is focused on the lower Germanic Limes, which represents the northernmost border of the Roman Empire. The primary objective of my research is to determine how isotope analysis on human remains can contribute to a better understanding of population dynamics in the borderlands along the Rhine River. 

My work is part of the Constructing the Limes project, which is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The project investigates the Limes borderlands through various cultural-historical, geo-political, and archaeological perspectives. My research, in particular, contributes to the larger goals of the project by providing a detailed analysis of the bioarchaeological aspects of the human population that inhabited this region during the Roman period.


  • MA Art Studies & Archaeology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 2021
  • BA Art Studies & Archaeology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 2020

Key Research Interests

  • Isotope analysis
  • Borders
  • Roman period
  • Cremation
  • Public outreach
  • Archaeological theory 

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