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Dr. Priscilla Ferreira Ulguim

I am a bioarchaeologist specialised in burned bone analysis, cremation, and South American archaeology. My research focuses on the intersection of advanced analytical and digital methods with funerary taphonomy to interpret past funerary practices, societies and processes of cultural change, expansion, and interaction. Beyond burned bones, I am deeply interested in archaeometry, digital archaeology, zooarchaeology, as well as ethics and archaeological outreach.

I received my Ph.D. from Teesside University, UK, fully funded by CAPES, my M.Sc. in Bioarchaeology (Human Osteology) at the University of Exeter, UK as a Wenner-Gren Foundation scholar, and a first in class History degree from the Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Brazil.

I have worked on many international, interdisciplinary projects, and coordinated outreach events including Pint of Science. I am President, CAA Brasil Chapter and Ethics Committee Member, CAA International.


  • Ph.D., Bioarchaeology, Teesside University, UK
  • M.Sc., Bioarchaeology, Human Osteology, University of Exeter, UK
  • Lic. Plen. Historia, Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Brazil

Key Research Interests

  • Bioarchaeology
  • Burned bone
  • Cremation South American archaeology
  • Funerary taphonomy D
  • igital archaeology

Main Publications

  • Ulguim, P.F. 2018. Models and Metadata: The Ethics of Sharing Bioarchaeological 3D Models Online. Archaeologies 14(2):189–228.
  • Ulguim, P.F. 2018. Digital Remains Made Public: Sharing the dead online and our future digital mortuary landscape. AP: Online Journal in Public Archaeology 8(2):153–176. 
  • Ulguim, P.F. 2017. Recording In Situ Human Remains in Three Dimensions: Applying Digital Image-Based Modeling. In D. Errickson & T.J.U. Thompson (eds.). Human Remains: Another Dimension. London: Academic Press, pp. 71–92.
  • Thompson, T.J.U., Gonçalves, D., Squires, K., & Ulguim, P.F. 2017. Thermal Alteration to the Body. In E.M.J. Schotsmans, N. Márquez-Grant & S.L. Forbes (eds.). Taphonomy of Human Remains: Forensic Analysis of the Dead and the Depositional Environment. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, pp. 318–334.
  • Robinson, M., Iriarte, J., de Souza, J., Corteletti, R., Ulguim, P.F., Fradley, M., Cardenas, M., De Blasis, P., Mayle, F. & Scunderlick, D. 2017. Moieties and mortuary mounds: dualism at a mound and enclosure complex in the southern Brazilian Highlands. Latin American Antiquity 28(2): 232–251. 
  • Ulguim, P.F. 2016. O fogo e a morte: A cremação como prática funerária ritual. Habitus 14(1):107–130.
  • Milheira, R.G., Loponte, D.M., García Esponda, C., Acosta, A., & Ulguim, P.F. 2016. The First Record of a Pre-Columbian Domestic Dog (Canis lupus familiaris) in Brazil. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 27(3):488–494.
  • Thompson, T.J.U. & Ulguim, P.F. 2016. Burned Human Remains. In S. Blau & D.H. Ubelaker (eds.). Handbook of Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology (2nd Ed.). London: Routledge, pp. 391–401. 
  • Ulguim, P.F. 2015. Analysing cremated human remains from the southern Brazilian highlands: Interpreting archaeological evidence of funerary practice at mound and enclosure complexes in the Pelotas River Valley. In T.J.U. Thompson (ed.). The Archaeology of Cremation: Burned Human Remains in Funerary Studies. Oxford: Oxbow Books, pp. 173–212.

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