Cristina Barroso Cruz

Invited Researcher

Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behaviour (ICArEHB)
FCHS, University of Algarve
Campus de Gambelas
8005-139 Faro

  (966) 377349

Associated researcher 

CHAM — Centre for the Humanities
(Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa and of the Universidade dos Açores)

IPL/ESELx - Politécnico de Lisboa/Lisbon School of Education



Research Interests

After exploring subjects related with human behaviour (Ethology) and human remains from the Palaeolithic found in Portugal (Human Evolution) recently I have analysed a sample of anthropological field reports with the intent to establish the consistency of these documents as trustful data to characterise past populations. I am now collaborating in the process of standardising bioarchaeological vocabulary and the implementation of a Portuguese anthropological database (DGPC) that will allow me in the future to analyse funerary practices from Portuguese past and present populations and its relation to paleodemographic and paleopathological features identified in the buried individuals.
Heritage and museology are also subjects that I am now starting to explore in articulation with the bioarchaeological perspective and the anthropological perspective with the intent to gather and preserve important information from past populations.

Short Bio

I am an anthropologist currently teaching as a visiting associate professor at Lisbon Polytechnic Institute since 2010. More recently I coordinate courses in Social Work Bachelor and Artistic and cultural Mediation Bachelor. I am also supervising master students in both ESELx and Universidade Nova. In ESELx I co-coordinate a research project on history, education and heritage.
I carry my researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behavior (ICArEHB), Universidade do Algarve, and Research Center for Anthropology and CHAM - Centre for Humanities.

For my complete CV please click HERE

Key Publications

• Assis, S.; Campanacho, V.; Carvalho, V.; Cruz, C.B.; Curate, F.; Gonçalves, D.; Marques, R.; Matos, V.; Pereira, T.; Carvalho, S. (2015). Looking back at a decade of science communication in the field of human evolution. Cadernos do GEEvH 4(1): 8-24. Link

• Cruz, C.; Neto, F.; Seabra, A. (2015). Piecing together terminology in bioarcheology: defining concepts. In W. Börner and S. Uhlirz (eds), Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies 2014 (CHNT 19, 2014) Wien: Museen der Stadt Wien – Stadtarchäologie.

• Costa, T.; C., Cristina; Lopes, G.; Braz, A. (2012). Fragmentos da vida medieval e moderna: acompanhamento arqueológico no centro histórico de Elvas. In A. Teixeira and J.A. Bettencourt (coord.), Velhos e Novos Mundos. Estudos de Arqueologia Moderna. Lisboa: CHAM. Vol I, 189-200.

• Cruz, C.B.; (2009-2010).  Recensão  critica:  Sprague,  S.  2005. Burial  Terminology: a  guide  for researchers. Oxford, AltaMira Press, 274 pp. Antropologia Portuguesa, 25-26: 295-299.

• Cruz, C.B., Codinha, S. (2010). Death of mother and child due to birth labour in the Portuguese Modern Age: a possible case of dystocia. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 20:491-496.

• Cruz, C.B. (2009). A hipótese da aplicação diferencial de agentes aceleradores da decomposição em indivíduos com patologias evidentes em vida. In M.P. Cerdá and E. García-Prósper (eds.), IX Congresso Nacional de Paleopatologia - Morella. Valencia, Grupo Paleolab: 705-714.


• Bioarcheological working group: Directorate General for Cultural Heritage
• Memory and Identity: Lisbon School of Education (IPL)