Jessica studied European prehistory at the University of Ghent. After obtaining this MA she went on to study Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology at Leiden University. Upon graduating from this MSc in 2011 she worked on several archaeological excavations in Belgium. Currently, Jessica is laboratory assistant and PhD researcher at Leiden University. Her research focuses on health, physical activity, and social differentiation in the post-Medieval Low Countries. Jessica is analyzing several skeletal collections, including assemblages from Middenbeemster and Aalst. The aim is to evaluate the correlation between overall health, social status, and level of physical activity in populations from rural and urban contexts.
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