Martine van Haperen is a PhD student at Leiden University in the Netherlands, funded by the The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Her project, titled In touch with the dead. A study of early medieval reopened graves, focuses on Merovingian reopened graves from the Low Countries.
Van Haperen takes an ethnographic approach to early medieval grave reopenings, comparing them to post-depositional interventions in graves that have been observed in other living and historically known societies and cultures. Her research interests include cultural anthropology, mortuary ritual, taphonomy and osteology/field anthropology.