About the this edition

The Department of History, Archaeology, and Museology at “1 Decembrie 1918“ University of Alba Iulia, “Vasile Pârvan” Institute of Archaeology, Bucharest and “Francisc I. Rainer” Institute of Anthropology, Bucharest are proud to announce the Sixth International Symposium Homines, Funera, Astra on Funerary Anthropology, Death and Children from Prehistory to the Middle Ages. This three days conference invites established scholars, early career researchers, and PhD students from history, archaeology, anthropology, epigraphy, ethnography or other related disciplines, to present their research theoretically and empirically engaged with a broad range of disciplines reflecting the complex nature of funerary studies.

Topics covered by this call could include, but are not limited to:

  • Treatment of children and burial practices
  • Social status
  • Health, wellbeing, and embodiment
  • Dynamics of identities
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to sources
  • Innovative methodologies
  • Paleopathology
  • Health status and cause of death

Keynote Speaker

Dr Siân Halcrow

University of Otago

Dr Halcrow is a bioarchaeologist with a research focus on infant and child health and disease in the past. She leads and is an Associate Investigator on several multidisciplinary projects investigating the effects that the adoption and intensification of agriculture has on health in the past, with a regional focus on Southeast Asia. Recently, Dr Halcrow has started a project researching adaptation and environmental change in Northern Chile using large superbly-preserved prehistoric human collections from the region, which include the earliest examples of artificial mummification in the world. Dr Halcrow's research is funded through sources including the New Zealand Royal Society Marsden Fund, University of Otago Research Grants, and Fulbright New Zealand. She is also a Partner Investigator on Australian Council Research Grants.