Karina Gerdau-Radonic

Dr Karina Gerdau-Radonic

  • 01202 965180
  • kgradonic at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer (Academic) in Biological Anthropology
  • Christchurch House C134, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I have a background in both human osteology and archaeological fieldwork. My research mainly looks at understanding patterns of decomposition, skeletal disarticulation, and taphonomy within funerary contexts, as a means to broaden our understanding of the consequences of post-mortem treatment, decomposition, taphonomy and human manipulation on the final lay-out of archaeological contexts.

I'm also interested in the biology of past Andean populations by looking at demographic profiles, non-metric traits, trauma and pathology.


Andrew Ford (LES) and Karina Gerdau-Radonic (AAFS) have been awarded a grant by the Japanese space agency (JAXA) to evaluate L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data for archaeological prospection in the arid region surrounding the Pachacámac Archaeological Complex near Lima, Peru, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The region has had human occupation for over 10 000 years and the area and archaeological sites are currently under threat of urban expansion. Identification of important sites through cross referencing of remote sensing and field surveys will be used as a negotiating tool with local governments so they engage with urban planning, and for archaeological work to be carried out before the sites disappear under the urban sprawl. The team will use the data collected by the Phased Array L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (PALSAR-2) aboard the Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 (ALOS-2). PALSAR-2 uses a wavelength capable of penetrating dry sand, whilst also being the only such sensor capable of fine-resolution imaging, using a "Spotlight mode", thus providing a unique capability for archaeologists. Besides simple imaging, interferometry (InSAR) in Spotlight mode will also be evaluated to estimate the depths of any sub-surface features. Results from PALSAR-2 will be compared to existing mapping and forthcoming excavations in the field.

We would like to recuit an MRes student to work with this project. Contact both Andy and Karina if you are interested.


Journal Articles



  • Gerdau-Radonic, K., 2012. Archaeological insights into the disarticulation pattern of a human body in a sitting/squatting position. In: Mitchell, P.D. and Buckberry, J., eds. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO).. Oxford, England: Archaeopress.
  • Gerdau-Radonic, K., 2011. Las sepulturas colectivas de Tablada de Lurín: una perspectiva desde la antropología biológica. In: Vetter, L., Tellez, S. and Vega-Centeno, R., eds. Arqueología Peruana. Homenaje a Mercedes Cárdenas. Lima, Peru: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Instituto Riva-Aguero, 145-176.


  • Smith, M., Starkie, A. and Gerdau-Radonic, K., 2016. ‘Vive La Flotte!': Analysis of the preserved tattooed skin of an adult male from 19th century, France. In: 1841èmes Journées de la Société d’Anthropologie de Paris 27 January-29 April 2016 Lyon, France.
  • Norton, E., Ford, A., Cheetham, P. and Gerdau-Radonic, K., 2015. Multi-Temporal Remote Sensing of Mass Graves in Temperate Environments. In: Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Wavelength Conference 30 March-1 April 2015 Newcastle.
  • Norton, E., Ford, A., Cheetham, P. and Gerdau-Radonic, K., 2015. Multi-Temporal Remote Sensing of Mass Graves in Temperate Environments. In: American Academy of Forensic Sciences 67th Annual Scientific Meeting 16-21 February 2015 Orlando, Florida.
  • Norton, E., Ford, A., Cheetham, P. and Gerdau-Radonic, K., 2014. Multi-Temporal Remote Sensing of Mass Graves. In: Forensic Geoscience: Future Horizons 3 December 2014 The London Geological Society, Burlington House.
  • Gerdau-Radonic, K., Smith, M., Russell, M., Cheetham, P., Hambleton, E., Manley, H. and Evans, D., 2014. Death Ways of the Durotriges: Dealing with the Dead in Late Iron Age and Early Roman Dorset. In: European Association of Archaeologists 10-14 September 2014 Istanbul, Tukey.
  • Gerdau-Radonic, K., 2013. Pre-Columbian Ancestor Worship: What Is the Osteological Evidence? In: TAG-on-sea 16-18 December 2013 Bournemouth, UK.
  • Gerdau-Radonic, K., Goude, G., Makowski, K., Castro de la Mata, P., André, G. and Schutkowski, H., 2013. Cultural Replacement and Diet in Peru's Prehispanic Central Coast. In: The 82nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2013) 9-13 April 2013 Knoxville, TN.
  • Gerdau-Radonic, K., Oré, G., Jiménez, M. and Makowski, K., 2012. The Archaeology of Looted Human Remains at Pachacamac, Lima, Peru. In: BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY AND OSTEOARCHAEOLOGY 14-16 September 2012 Bournemouth, UK.
  • Gerdau-Radonic, K. and Makowski, K., 2012. Taking the Dead. Skeletal insights from Tablada de Lurín, Peru. In: 77TH ANNUAL MEETING SOCIETY FOR AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY 18-22 April 2012 Memphis, TN.
  • Gerdau-Radonic, K. and Herrera, A., 2010. Sixteen trepanations on eight skulls from Keushu (Ancash, Peru). In: American Association of Physical Anthropologists 79th Annual Meeting 2010 14-17 April 2010 Albuquerque, NM, USA.
  • Herrera, A., Gerdau-Radonic, K. and Guerrero, J.M., 2009. La materialización de los ancestros: Reflexiones en torno a las tumbas de Keushu (Ancash, Perú). In: 13er Congreso de Antropologia en Columbia 30 September-3 October 2009 Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia.


  • DeFrancq, J. and Gerdau-Radonic, K., 2016. Tooth Tales from Lima: Dental Health and Socio-Political Change Along the Pre-Columbian Central Coast of Peru. In: American Association for Physical Anthropology, Atlanta GA.
  • DeFrancq, J. and Gerdau-Radonic, K., 2016. Tooth Tales from Lima: Dental Health and Socio-Political Change Along the Pre-Columbian Central Coast of Peru. In: Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, FL.
  • Lambacher, N., Gerdau-Radonic, K. and Bonthorne, E., 2016. La reconstruction d'un puzzle : l'évaluation de trois méthodes d'estimation du Nombre Minimum d'Individus d'un contexte collectif. In: Société d'Anthropologie de Paris, Lyon, France.
  • DeFrancq, J. and Gerdau-Radonic, K., 2016. Histoires de dents péruviennes : santé buccale et changements socio-politiques sur la côte centrale péruvienne précolombienne. In: Société d'Anthropologie de Paris, Lyon, France.
  • Lambacher, N., Gerdau-Radonic, K. and Bonthorne, E., 2015. Unraveling a Puzzle: Evaluating Three Methods to Estimate the Number of Individuals from a Commingled Context. In: British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology.
  • McKnight, J., Gerdau-Radonic, K. and Evans, R., 2015. Application of the Phenice Method using 3D CT Scanning in a Living Patient Population. In: British Association for Biological Anthroplogy and Osteoarchaeology, Sheffield.

Profile of Teaching UG

  • 2016-09 SciTech: L5 - Bonobos, Bones and Bottlenecks: Understanding Modern Human Variation


  • Subsurface archaeological prospection (Japanese Aerospatial Exploration Agency, 11 Apr 2016). Awarded

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • 2015 Osteoarchaeology Talk and Practical-Ringwood Waldorf Steiner School


  • BA (Hons) in Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and in Theatre Ar (University of Texas at El Paso, 1998)
  • MSc in Master of Arts in Anthropology (University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, 2000)
  • DEA in Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies en Anthropologie Bio (Universite Bodeaux I - Sciences et Technologies, 2001)
  • PhD in Doctorat en Anthropologie Biologique (Universite Bodeaux I -Sciences et Technologies, 2007)


  • American Association of Physical Anthropology, Member,
  • British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology, Member,
  • European Association of Archaeologists, Member,
  • Societe d'Anthropologie de Paris, Member,
  • Society for American Archaeology, Member (2010-), http://www.saa.org/
  • Society for American Archaeology, Mme,
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