Astrid A. Noterman completed her PhD on Merovingian reopened graves from northern France in 2016 at the Centre for Medieval Studies (CESCM) at the University of Poitiers in France. Her approach to early medieval grave reopening includes archaeology, mortuary studies and early medieval written sources.
She is particularly interested in reconstructing the chronology of reopenings through the archaeothanatological approach to disturbed graves. She is developing a new skeletal record sheet that incorporates grave disturbance data (reopening pits, disturbed stratigraphy, bone displacements etc.). The aim of this form is to help field anthropologists determine if a grave was disturbed in the past, and if it was not, what kind of event caused the disturbance.
From 2018, she is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies at Stockholm University. She is working on a three-year project project funded by the Swedish Research Council on ‘Interacting with the dead. Belief and conflict in Early Medieval Europe (AD 450-750)’ and led by Alison Klevnäs.
She is also an Associate Member of CESCM since 2017