A database and ethical handling framework for human remains from archaeological research in Flanders.
Photo: Ten Duinen Abbey Collection, Koksijde (© Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences)
The importance of documenting and studying human remains uncovered during archaeological research in Flanders is today widely recognized. Unlike some other countries, however, Flanders does not, however, have clear legislation regulating how to deal with these remains after excavation, nor do we have any ethical guidelines in this respect. Moreover, there was no overview of the skeletal remains in storage today, nor what standards are used for storage, possible reburial or further research.
The MEMOR (2021-2023) project had the aim of addressing these issues and its database and reports can be found here.