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Laboratory for Bioarchaeology
Faculty of Philosophy
Čika Ljubina 18-20
11000 Belgrade, Serbia
+381 11 3206 120
+381 11 2639 356

BA, MSc, PhD


Full professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, Belgrade, Principal investigator of the ERC BIRTH project at the BioSense Institute, Novi Sad

Educational Background

  • 2006 PhD in Anthropology, Interdisciplinary Board of Anthropology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade
  • 2000 MSc in Anthropology, Interdisciplinary Board of Anthropology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade
  • 1995 BA in Archaeology, Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade

Research Interests

As a physical anthropologist my broad research field is prehistoric bioarchaeology of the Balkans, and exploring social, biological and environmental influences to human anatomy. More specifically, I want to understand biocultural causes for human demographic success during prehistory, paradox of our species with dangerous and risky delivery. I’m exploring skeletal paleoobstetric evidences, neonatal growth and development, role of macro and micronutritients in reproductive success and health, but also possible archaeological indicators of prehistoric community concern for birthing and baby care. By connecting different scientific fields I would like to create a new research field bioarchaeology of fertility in order to investigate biological and cultural mechanisms connected to fertility rate. Bioarchaeology investigates human past, however I am motivated to transform it as a discipline which will employ the huge potential of ancient skeletal heritage in the study of biological phenomena relevant to modern people – e.g. the study of fertility and foetal development. Ancient skeletal remains await on this new horizon as a vast unread library and as valuable biological heritage of ancient humans. If we change the way we perceive and study our biological heritage, and shift the focus of study from reconstructing the past to resolving current biological issues, our research may lead to new knowledge of utmost significance for present humanity.

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