Historical Populations from Dětkovice and Vídeňská Sites

The collection of skeletons from the Dětkovice archaeological site dates to the early phases of the Přemyslid state. The anthropological analysis of these skeletal remains makes a significant contribution to the understanding of social and demographic changes in Central and South Moravia during the 10th-12th centuries AD. The skeletal remains are evaluated from morphological, metric, microscopic, radiological, and virtual-anthropological perspectives. Particular interest is given to fragmentary and isolated finds (skulls, teeth) and to finds of small bony structures, usually overlooked in the past (fragments of petrous bone, middle ear bones).

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The Vídeňská Street project, which is centred around anthropological analysis of skeletal finds from Vídeňská Street in Brno, is carried out in cooperation with Archaia Brno (public service co.). In 2012-2014, members of our laboratory participated in the excavation of skeletal remains on site and collected soil samples for chemical and parasitological analyses and in situ samples for DNA analysis. Currently, basic processing is being completed (cleaning, complementation, documentation) and traditional anthropological assessment is underway (assessment of age-at-death, sex determination, reconstruction of stature). Advanced evaluation aimed at reconstructing the life and living conditions of Brno inhabitants in the past is carried out using virtual 3D documentation (laser scanning, photogrammetry), restoration (3D modelling), imaging (X-ray, computed tomography) and analytical methods (computer-aided morphometric analysis).

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