Archaeosciences applied to sites in the Brussels Capital Region

Archaeozoological, archaeobotanical and anthropological analyses on sites from the Brussels-Capital Region with special emphasis on the following topics:

  • Subsistence strategies and consumption patterns as a marker of status during the  medieval and post-medieval periods. Differences between consumers from secular, noble and religious settlements.
  • Contribution to reconstruction of landscape evolution, combining geological, pedological, palynological, and anthracological data.
  • Interdisciplinary study of the modes of production, distribution and consumption of animal and plant foods during medieval and post-medieval times.
  • Study of agricultural practices in historic contexts using archaeological, bioarchaeological and pedological data.
  • Reconstruction of funerary practices, diet, health and activities of historic human populations.


  • K. Quintelier 2009. Calcified uterine leiomyomata from a post-medieval nunnery in Brussels, Belgium. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 19: 436-442.
  • Claes, B., Quintelier, K., Thys, S, & Houchin, R. 2009. Het voormalige Arme Klarenklooster: een multidisciplinair onderzoek (Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Br.). Archaeologia Mediaevalis Kroniek , 32, pp.109-111.
  • Thys, S., Van Neer, W. 2010. Bird remains from Late Medieval and Postmedieval sites in Brussels, Belgium. In : Birds in Archaeology. Groningen Archaeological Studies, 12, (Prummel, W., Zeiler, J., Brinkhuizen, D. (Eds.)). Meeting of the ICAZ Bird Working Group. Groningen, 23-27 August 2008 (pp. 71-86). Barkhuis.
  • Quintelier, K., Malevez, A., Orban, R., Toussaint, M., Vandenbruaene, M. & Yernaux, G. 2011. Belgium. In: Marquez-Grant, N. & Fibiger, L. (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Archaeological Human Remains and Legislation. An international guide to laws and practice in the excavation and treatment of archaeological human remains, Abingdon, 47-60.
  • Claes, B., Boffin, C., Devos, Y., Goffette, Q., Speleers, L. & van der Valk, J. M. A. 2012. Het archeologisch onderzoek ter hoogte van drie huizen in de Korte Beenhouwersstraat nr. 29 en Schuddeveldsteeg nr. 2. Archaeologia Mediaevalis Kroniek, 35, 66-71.
  • Devos, Y., van der Valk, J. M. A., Goffette, Q., Court-Picon, M., Doutrelepont, H., Vrydaghs, L. & Claes, B. 2012. Interdisciplinair onderzoek van een enigmatische structuur op de site van de Korte Beenhouwersstraat nr. 29 (Brussel). Archaeologia Mediaevalis Kroniek, 35, 134-136.
  • Charruadas, P., Devos, Y., Vrydaghs, L., Speleers, L., Boffin, C. & Nicosia, C. submitted. Des champs et des bêtes à Bruxelles (10e-15e siècles). Approche interdisciplinaire des pratiques agricoles et alimentaires. In: Se Nourrir. Pratiques et stratégies alimentaires. Actes du 138e Congrès des sociétés historiques et scientifiques. 
Internal member(s)
Wim Van Neer
Elena Marinova
Kim Quintelier
Lien Speleers
Wim Wouters
Other member(s)
Ann Degraeve & Stéphane Demeter (Brussels Capital Region)
Yannick Devos, Cristiano Nicosia, Luc Vrydaghs (CreA, ULB)
Conventions RBINS-Brussels Capital Region
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