Francisca Alves Cardoso

Academic degree: Doctorate
Category: Full members
Institutional subunit: NOVA FCSH
Research group: Practices and Politics of Culture
Thematic line:
Research interests: Human osteological collections | Patterns of health and behaviour | Skeletal biology
Research contexts: Portugal
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Biographical note

Francisca Alves Cardoso is a research fellow at CRIA – Centre for Research in Anthropology. In 2014 she was awarded an FCT Investigator Grant to develop the project “Portuguese Human Identified Skeletal Collections (HISC): Shaping their ethical and legal framework”, which aims to build a bridge between science and society on the importance of HISC, whilst considering their scientific value, social and cultural, as well as ethical implications. She is also responsible for LABOH – CRIA’s Laboratory of Biological Anthropology and Human Osteology, and coordinator of an exploratory project — “BONEMATTERS” — which explores skeletal biology from a theoretical and practical approach. Its focus is on how skeletal biology is used to comprehend and reconstruct human past health and wealth, including inferring social and cultural constructs; and it highlights the various discourses associated with the study/use of skeletal biology and human skeletonized remains in science, technology and humanities and its impact in society. She is also encouraging a constructive discussion on the methods employed in the measurement and interpretation of skeletal biology, and pathological lesions, promoting the use of new technologies and approaches to human biology, both past and present, and humans and environment interface.

Francisca Alves Cardosopub59*2013Paper in proceedingsALVES CARDOSO, F.; CASIMIRO, Sílvia; ASSIS, Sandra, 2013, "O panorama geral do espólio osteológico exumado na necrópole do extinto Hospital Real de Todos os Santos (Lisboa, século XV a XVIII)", in José Morais Arnaud, Andrea Martins e César Neves (orgs.), Arqueologia em Portugal - 150 anos: Actas do I Congresso da Associação dos Arqueólogos Portugueses, Lisboa, Associação dos Arqueólogos Portugueses, pp. 1103-1109, ISBN: 978-972-9451-52-2.
Francisca Alves Cardosopub59*2012ArticleALVES CARDOSO, Francisca, HENDERSON, C., 2012, "The categorisation of occupation in identified skeletal collections: a source of bias?", International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, ISSN: 1047-482X, E-ISSN: 1099-1212, DOI: 10.1002/
Francisca Alves Cardosopub59*2012Book chapterALVES CARDOSO, Francisca, HENDERSON, C., et al., 2012, "Palaeopathology: studying the origin, evolution and frequency of disease in human remains from archaeological sites", in Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (Archeology), Oxford, UNESCO, Eolss
Francisca Alves Cardosopub59*2013ArticleALVES CARDOSO, Francisca; HENDERSON, Charlotte , 2013, "The categorisation of occupation in identified skeletal collections: a source of bias?", International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 23: 186-196, E-ISSN: 1099-1212, DOI: 10.1002/oa.2285.
Francisca Alves Cardosopub59*2016ArticleALVES-CARDOSO, F.; LIRA, V. , 2016, "Remains of the dead: exploring a human anatomical collection from Brazilian Amazon", International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 26 (5):
Francisca Alves Cardosopub59*2015ArticleASSIS, Sandra; CASIMIRO, Sílvia, ALVES CARDOSO, Francisca, 2015, "A possible case of acquired syphilis at the former Royal Hospital of All-Saints (RHAS) in Lisbon, Portugal (18th century): a comparative methodological approach to differential diagnosis", Anthropologischer Anzeiger, 72 (4):
Francisca Alves Cardosopub59*2015ArticleASSIS, Sandra; KEENLEYSIDE, Anne; SANTOS, Ana Luísa; CARDOSO, Francisca Alves, 2015, "Bone diagenesis and its implication for disease diagnosis: the relevance of bone microstructure analysis for the study of past human remains", Microscopy and Microanalysis, 21 (4):
Francisca Alves Cardosopub59*2016ArticleCARDOSO, Francisca Alves; ASSIS, Sandra; HENDERSON, Charlotte, 2016, "Exploring poverty: skeletal biology and documentary evidence in 19th-20th century Portugal", Annals of Human Biology, 43 (2):
Francisca Alves Cardosopub59*2010ArticleCARDOSO, Francisca Alves; HENDERSON, C., 2010, Enthesopathy Formation in the Humerus: Data from Known Age-at-Death and Known Occupation Skeletal Collections. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 141: 550-560.
Francisca Alves Cardosopub59*2016Book chapterCARDOSO, Francisca Alves; RAMOS, A.; GOMES, C. L.; SANTOS, C.; ARROYO, E.; ASSIS, S.; MINHÓS, T., 2016, "Genetic anthropology", in P. Barbaro (org.), Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems: Ethnology, Ethnography and Cultural Anthropology, UNESCO/
Francisca Alves Cardosopub59*2016ArticleCARVALHO, António Faustino; ALVES-CARDOSO, Francisca; GONÇALVES, David; GRANJA, Raquel; CARDOSO, João Luís; DEAN, Rebecca M.; GIBAJA, Juan Francisco; MASUCCI, Maria A.; ARROYO-PARDO, Eduardo; FERNÁNDEZ-DOMÍNGUEZ, Eva; PETCHEY, Fiona; PRICE, T. Douglas; MATEUS, José Eduardo; QUEIROZ, Paula Fernanda; CALLAPEZ, Pedro; PIMENTA, Carlos; REGALA, Frederico T., 2016, "The Bom Santo Cave (Lisbon, Portugal): catchment, diet, and patterns of mobility of a Middle Neolithic population", European Journal of Archaeology, 19 (2):
Francisca Alves Cardosopub59*2017Paper in proceedingsCASIMIRO, Sílvia; CARDOSO, Francisca Alves; SILVA, Rodrigo Banha da; ASSIS, Sandra, 2017, "¿Requiescat in pace? Abordagem transdisciplinar a possíveis casos de enterramentos atípicos identificados na necrópole Noroeste de Olisipo", in José Morais Arnaud; Andrea Martins (orgs.), Arqueologia em Portugal: 2017, Estado da Questão, Atas do II Congresso de Arqueologia, Lisboa, Associação dos Arqueólogos Portugueses, pp. 1229-1241, ISBN:
Francisca Alves Cardosopub59*2016ArticleGONÇALVES, D.; GRANJA, R.; ALVES-CARDOSO, F.; CARVALHO, A.F., 2016, "All different, all equal: evidence of a heterogeneous Neolithic population at the Bom Santo Cave necropolis (Portugal)", HOMO: Journal of Comparative Human Biology, 67 (3):
Francisca Alves Cardosopub59*2014ArticleGONÇALVES, David; GRANJA, Raquel, ALVES CARDOSO, Francisca; CARVALHO, António Faustino de, 2014, "Sample-specific sex estimation in archaeological contexts with commingled human remains: A case study from the Middle Neolithic cave of Bom Santo in Portugal", Journal of Archaeological Science, 49: 185-191, ISSN: 0305-4403.
Francisca Alves Cardosopub59*2014Book chapterGRANJA, R.; GONÇALVES, David; ALVES CARDOSO, Francisca, 2014, "Osteological profile", in António Faustino de Carvalho (org.), Bom Santo Cave (Lisbon) and the Middle Neolithic Societies of Southern Portugal, Faro, Universidade do Algarve, col. Promontória Monográfica (17), pp. 101-122, ISBN: 978-989-97666-3-1.
Francisca Alves Cardosopub59*2014Book chapterGRANJA, Raquel; ALVES CARDOSO, Francisca; GONÇALVES, David, 2014, "Taphonomy and funerary practices", in António Faustino de Carvalho (org.), Bom Santo Cave (Lisbon) and the Middle Neolithic Societies of Southern Portugal, Faro, Universidade do Algarve, col. Promontória Monográfica (17), pp. 79-100, ISBN: 978-989-97666-3-1.
Francisca Alves Cardosopub59*2017ArticleHENDERSON, C. Y.; ALVES-CARDOSO, Francisca, 2016, "Entheseal changes: the role of Portuguese research", Antropologia Portuguesa, 32/33:
Francisca Alves Cardosopub59*2013ArticleHENDERSON, Charlotte; ALVES CARDOSO, Francisca, 2013, "Preface to Special Issue Entheseal Changes and Occupation: Technical and theoretical advances and their applications", International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 23: 127-134, DOI: 10.1002/oa.2298.
Francisca Alves Cardosopub59*2012Book chapterJURMAIN, R. ALVES CARDOSO, F. HENDERSON, C. e VILLOTTE, S., 2012, "Bioarchaeology's Holy Grail: the reconstruction of activity", in A. Grauer (ed.), A Companion to Paleopathology, Wiley/Blackwell, 531-542, ISBN 978-1-4443-3425-8.
Francisca Alves Cardosopub59*2014ArticleLEITE, Daniela; LEITÃO, Alysson; SCHAAN, Ana Paula; MARINHO, Anderson N. R.; SOUZA, Sheila; RODRIGUES-CARVALHO, Claudia; CARDOSO, Francisca; RIBEIRO-DOS-SANTOS, Ândrea, 2014, "Paleogenetic studies in Guajajara skeletal remains, Maranhão state, Brazil", Journal of Anthropology, 2014: ID 729120, 8 pp, ISSN: 2090-4045, E-ISSN: 2090-4053.
Francisca Alves Cardosopub59*2014ArticleMILELLA, Marco; ALVES CARDOSO, Francisca; ASSIS, Sandra; PERRÉARD LOPRENO, Geneviève; SPEITH, Nivien, 2014, "Exploring the relationship between entheseal changes and physical activity: A multivariate study", American Journal of Physical Anthropology, ISSN: 1096-8644. [online before print]
Francisca Alves Cardosopub59*2015ArticleMILELLA, Marco; CARDOSO, Francisca Alves; ASSIS, Sandra; PERRÉARD-LOPRENO, Genevieve; SPEITH, Nivien, 2015, "Exploring the relationship between entheseal changes and physical activity: a multivariate study", American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 156 (2):
Francisca Alves Cardosopub59*2013ArticlePERREARD LOPRENO, G.; ALVES CARDOSO, Francisca; et al., 2013, "Categorization of Occupation in Documented Skeletal Collections: Its relevance for the interpretation of activity-related osseous changes", International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 23: 175-185, E-ISSN: 1099-1212, DOI: 10.1002/oa.2301.
Francisca Alves Cardosopub59*2011ArticleSANTOS, A. L.; CARDOSO, F. Alves; ASSIS, S.; VILLOTE, S., 2011, "The Coimbra Workshop in Musculoskeletal Stress Markers (MSM): an annotated review", Antropologia Portuguesa, 28: 135-161, ISSN 0870-0990.
Francisca Alves Cardosopub59*2016ArticleVILLOTTE, Sébastien; ASSIS, Sandra; CARDOSO, Francisca Alves; HENDERSON, Charlotte Yvette; MARIOTTI, Valentina; MILELLA, Marco; PANY-KUCERA, Doris; SPEITH, Nivien; WILCZAK, Cynthia A.; JURMAIN, Robert, 2016, "In search of consensus: terminology for entheseal changes (EC)", International Journal of Paleopathology, 13:

IDResearcherPositionProjTitleProject typeStatus+
pub59*Francisca Alves CardosoSupervisorproj116*Funerary anthropology and paleobiology of Portugueses post-medieval populations: Nossa Senhora da Anunciada and Espírito SantoDoctoral researchConcluded+
pub59*Francisca Alves CardosoResearcherproj145*Archaeological sambaquis studies in the Amazonian coast of ParáInternational projectConcluded+
pub59*Francisca Alves CardosoResearcherproj164*Shaping voids and building bridges: towards an ethic and legal framework and societal approach to Portuguese human identified skeletal collections (HISC)Researcher contractOngoing+
pub59*Francisca Alves CardosoPrincipal Investigatorproj174*The osseous material of the Anatomy Museum of UFPA: paleobiological studyInternational projectConcluded+
pub59*Francisca Alves CardosoResearch scholarproj24*Skeletal records: assessing health through osteological and historical dataPost-doctoral researchConcluded+
pub59*Francisca Alves CardosoPrincipal Investigatorproj291*Bone mattersNational projectOngoing+