Research Staff in Forensic Pathology and Anthropology – University of Copenhagen

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M L Jørkov

M L Jørkov


  • Section of Forensic Pathology

    Teilum, Building: 1037

    2100 København Ø

    Phone: +45 35 32 72 29Mobile: +45 20 63 50 54

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Current research

Health, disease and diet during the Industrial Period. An anthropological investigation based on skeletal remains from the Assistens Cemetery, Copenhagen.

This research project is a multidiciplinary investigation of health, disease and diet during 19th- and 20th-century Copenhagen (1805-1990). The research is based on the anthropological analysis of 854 skeletons from the Assistens Cemetery, section G, conducted during the excavations for a new Metro station lead by Copenhagen Museum. The project explores life for a Copenhagener during the industrial era, a time period known for its many epidemics. Using stable isotope- and elemental analysis, dietary questions and the effects of pollution on health may be answered. For the first time it is possible to get a continuous and synchronic dataset of a population from different social backgrounds from a specific area of Copenhagen. It is also the first time such a large sample and recent skeletal material is investigated in Denmark. On the basis of the results, it will then be investigated whether it is possible to evaluate the applied anthropological analyses and methods, and also compare the results with the archaeological and historical records. In this light, the results will add new anthropological information to a time period which is historically well-documented.


Primary fields of research

My research includes the study of both archaeological as well as forensic skeletal material. Development of anthropological methods is also part of it. The skeletal material is analysed to answer questions on health, disease, trauma and demography. I use isotopes to analyse diet and mobility patterns. 

I also work as a forenic anthropologist helping the police on national cases (identification work and analysis of trauma patterns) and participate in international missions investigating mass graves related to genocide and atrocity (e.g. Iraq).


Fields of interest

Human osteology, palaeopathology, stable isotope analysis, forensic anthropology

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