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Dr. Tessi Loeffelmann

I graduated with a MA Joint Honours degree in Archaeology and History from Glasgow University in 2013 and subsequently completed an MSc in Palaeopathology at Durham University. After this, I worked in commercial archaeology for two years until 2016 when I started my co-tutelle PhD part-time. One year into the PhD, I was lucky enough to receive funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council UK (Northern Bridge), and later I received additional support from the VUB strategic research fund. In my thesis, I investigated mobility in early medieval Britain (c. AD 400-1000) with a focus on cremated human remains. My supervisory team consisted of Profs Janet Montgomery (Durham University), Sarah Semple (Durham University), Christophe Snoeck (VUB), and Philippe Claeys (VUB).

I am currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at VUB, but my projects reach beyond the Channel.


  • MA (Joint Honours) Archaeology and History, Glasgow University, UK (2013)
  • MSc Palaeopathology, Durham University, UK (2014)
  • PhD in Archaeology, Durham University, UK (2023)
  • PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies: Sciences and Archaeology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, BE (2023)

Key Research Interests

  • Bioarchaeology
  • Isotope analyses
  • Early medieval archaeology
  • Cremation
  • Mobility
  • Interdisciplinary archaeology

Main Publications

  • Löffelmann, T., Snoeck, C., Richards, J. D., Johnson, L. J., Claeys, P., & Montgomery, J. (2023). Sr analyses from only known Scandinavian cremation cemetery in Britain illuminate early Viking journey with horse and dog across the North Sea. Plos One, 18 (2), e0280589.
  • Holst, M., Keefe, K., Newman, S., & Löffelmann, T. (2019). Chapter 6: Human Remains. In G. Speed & M. Holst (Eds.), Death, Burial and Identity: 3000 Years of Death in the Vale of Mowbray (pp. 372-465). Northern Archaeological Associates Ltd.

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