Dr. Jadranka Boljunčić, research associate
Jadranka Boljunčić was born in Zagreb where she also attended school. In 1980, she received a degree in Biology from the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. In 1991, she received her Master’s degree in Biology – Biological Anthropology (“Morphological characteristics of the occipital region in the Bronze Age population of people from Bezdanjača cave near Vrhovine in Lika ), and achieved a PhD degree in Natural Sciences (“Palaeoanthropological Work of Dragutin Gorjanović-Kramberger, Krapina Early Man and the Place of Neanderthals in Hominid Evolution”) from the Faculty of Science at the University of Zagreb in 2001.
She joined the Institute of Archaeology in Zagreb in 1994. In 2008, she was appointed to the academic title of research associate in Humanities (Ethnology and Anthropology) at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. Since 1994, she has been participating as an associate in science research projects dealing with Croatian mediaeval archaeological heritage: “Mediaeval Archaeological Heritage of Continental Croatia (1994 – 2001) and Mediaeval Archaeological Heritage of Croatia (5th-17th century)“ (2011-2013) (led by Prof Željko Tomičić until 2012 and by Dr Juraj Belaj from 2013).
She pursued continuing professional training abroad (Bosnia-Herzegovina) with the International Commission on Missing Persons in Lukavac near Tuzla (2006), where as a volunteer – forensic anthropologist and part of an international team, she was an intern during the identification of the victims of the Srebrenica massacre in 1995 (supervisor: Cheryl Katzmarzyk, MA, Canada).
She participated in a number of different investigations, from archaeological field investigations (Zvonimirovo, Vinica), historiographic research (Dragutin Gorjanović-Kramberger) and standard anthropological investigations (Prehistory – Middle Ages), molecular (DNA typing, with technical support from the Department of Pathology, Forensic Medicine and Citology of the Split Hospital), and palaeoradiological analysis in co-operation with the Sestre milosrdnice (Sisters of Mercy) hospital in Zagreb.
Amongst other things, she held a scholarship of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research (New York) and the Swedish Institute (Sweden) for participation in the “4th EAA Annual Meeting“ in Sweden – Göteborg (1998), and has also received support from the Afrolympic Travel Foundation (South Africa) for participation in the “Dual Congress 1998 (IV Congress of International Association for the Study of Human Palaeontology, International Association of Human Biologists)“ in South Africa – Sun City (1998).
She participated as an associate in an exhibition about archaeological investigations in Zvonimirovo and Josipovo – “Zvonimirovo and Josipovo cemeteries of the Early Croatian period in the Virovitica-Podravina County“ (1997). She is a member of the Palaeoanthropology Society (Arlington VA, USA) and the Croatian Anthropological Society. For her professional needs, she pursued continuing education in English in Zagreb (1987) and Italian in Florence (1995), and she also studied Portuguese at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb (1993).
Her research interests range from historiography and standard anthropological investigations to molecular bioarchaeology. Recently her interests have focussed mostly on interdisciplinary work in palaeoradiology by means of computed tomography (CT): with the support of radiology, she has been studying the internal structure of human skeletal remains and teeth from various archaeological periods.