Universität Bonn

Vor- und Frühgeschichtliche Archäologie

Prof. Dr. Alice Toso


Bonn Centre for ArchaeoScienes
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
AVZ III, Römerstraße 164, 53117 Bonn
Tel. +49 228 73-7325
E-Mail: atoso@uni-bonn.de

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
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My research interests focus on the application of bioarchaeological and biomolecular methodologies to the study of multi-faith and multi-cultural societies. My research experience combines osteological and paleopathological research with multi-isotopic analysis and ZooMS to reconstruct social dynamics during transitional historical periods in critical areas of the world. I am an active advocate for widening participation and community engagement in STEM.


  • 12/2021 -> ongoing Junior Professor in Bioarchaeology, BoCAS, University of Bonn
  • 02/2020–11/2021 -> Postdoctoral researcher, ICTA and Department of Prehistory, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • 10/2018–09/2019 -> Associate Lecturer, Department of Archaeology, University of York


  • 2014–2018 -> PhD in Archaeology, University of York (awarded in January 2019 with no corrections). Thesis title: “Diet and nutrition in Medieval Islamic Portugal: exploring inter-faith and social dynamics through stable isotopes”.
  • 2011–2013 -> MSc Paleopathology (Merit), University of Durham. Dissertation title: “Stress markers as indicators of social stratification: the case of two medieval cemeteries from Northern Italy”
  • 2007–2011 -> BSc Cultural Heritage and Archaeology (Hon), University of Bologna (awarded 110/110 cum laude)
  • Toso et al. (2021) Fishing intensification as response to Late Holocene socio‑ecological instability in southeastern South America. Scientific Reports (In press), | https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-02888-7
  • Chanca, I., Borges, C., Colonese, A. C., Macario, K., Toso, A., Fontanals-Coll, M., ... & Milheira, R. G. (2021). Food and diet of the pre-Columbian mound builders of the Patos Lagoon region in southern Brazil with stable isotope analysis. Journal of Archaeological Science, 133, 105439. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2021.105439
  • Toso, A., Schifano, S., Oxborough, C., McGrath, K., Spindler, L., Castro, A., ... & Alexander, M. (2021). Beyond faith: Biomolecular evidence for changing urban economies in multi‐faith medieval Portugal. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.24343
  • Cardoso, H.F.V., Marinho, L., Caldas, I., Puentes, K., Andrade, M., Toso, A., Assis, S., Magalhaes, T., (2020). Historical, demographic, curatorial and legal aspects of the BoneMedLeg human skeletal reference collection (Porto, Portugal), Anthropologischer Anzeiger; Bericht Uber die Biologisch-anthropologische Literatur, 77(1), 57-73. Doi: 10.1127/anthranz/2019/1023
  • Toso, A., Gaspar, S., Garcia, S., Banha da Silva, R., Alexander, M., (2019). High status diet and health in Medieval Lisbon: a combined isotopic and osteological analysis of the Islamic population from São Jorge Castle, Portugal, Anthropological and Archaeological Sciences https://doi.org/10.1007/s12520-019-00822-7
  • Pezo-Lanfranco, L., Eggers, S., Petronilho, C., Toso, A., da Rocha Bandeira, D., Von Tersch, M., dos Santos, A.M., da Costa, B.R., Meyer, R. and Colonese, A.C., (2018). Middle Holocene plant cultivation on the Atlantic Forest coast of Brazil?. Royal Society Open Science, 5(9), p.180432. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.180432
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