Caroline Partiot

, PhD

Postdoctoral researcher

RG »Environment and Human Impact in Historical Societies«


Telephone: +43 1 51581-4149

Location: Dominikanerbastei 16 | 1010 Vienna

Biographical sketch

I am a biological anthropologist specializing in the bioarchaeology of children. I completed my PhD in Biological Anthropology at the Bordeaux University, France (2018) after a Master in Biological Anthropology from the Bordeaux University, France (2015) and a Master in Egyptology from the Sorbonne Paris IV University (2013). My principal aim of research is to use bioarcheological analyses to provide answers to a still much- debated question: what significance and meanings did the lives and deaths of children in past populations have? I address this question through two research foci, the first consisting of investigating the life trajectories of children by analyzing the interactions between their skeletal development and both natural and social environments, as shown by health, care practices, population homogeneity and secular trends for growth and development. The second use this biological dimension to analyze the specifics of the funerary practices dedicated to children and question their place and status in the community. 

My secondary aim of research focuses on trepanation practices in past populations and healing process of the cranial vault. 

I am actively engaged in field research, particularly in the Nile Valley (excavation of the Kadruka 23 necropolis, Sudan) and the French Caribbean (“Ecotropical Island Systems” ECSIT European project, focusing on the interactions between the Amerindian settlements and the biocenosis).

    Research Projects

    Research interests

    • human/environment interactions
    • dental histology
    • CT and µCT scans
    • funerary practices
    • morbidity markers
    • early life adversity
    • stress exposure
    • developmental instability



    Journal Publication (12)

    Book/Monograph (1)

    Contribution in Collection (1)

    Dissertation (2)