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Sarah Dalle



While graduating in 2008 as a master in (geo)archaeology at Ghent University, I discovered I am truly passionate about how humans adapt and are adapting to nature, to the landscape they live in. My expertise evolved into spatial analysis, GIS and (burial) landscape archaeology. I am currently working on a PhD within the CRUMBEL project (joint PhD UG and VUB, 2018-2022).

As in my master dissertation on iron age hillforts, I now again return to studying connectedness between people in the past and the role of rivers in this. My PhD research focuses on the spatial aspects of mobility, based on strontium isotope research. I aim to pair network analysis and strontium isotope research and examine the significance of rivers and roads in the landscape to the occurrence of mobility.

Previously, I was employed in academia as a part-time scientific collaborator working on burial landscapes and data management within the Altay Mountain Survey Project (2015-2018), and in commercial archaeology (2009-2018) as a field archaeologist, an archaeological quotation manager and depot manager. I have a soft spot, not only for map making and data visualisations, but also for science communication/writing, and have conducted several projects translating scientific information to the wider public. Since 2013, I have been an editor and writer for the archaeology magazine Ex situ.

Key publications

Capuzzo G., Snoeck C., Boudin M., Dalle S., Annaert R., Hlad M., Kontopoulos I., Sabaux C., Salesse K., Sengeløv A., Stamataki E., Veselka B., Warmenbol E., De Mulder G., Tys D., Vercauteren M. In print. Cremation vs inhumation: modelling cultural changes in funerary practices from the Mesolithic to the Middle Ages in Belgium using Kernel Density Analysis on 14C data, Radiocarbon (accepted).

Dalle S. 2009, Visueel-ruimtelijke analyse van de ijzertijdsite op de Kemmelberg (provincie West- Vlaanderen, België), Lunula Archaeologia Protohistorica XVII, 53-65.

Dalle S., De Mulder G. 2016, Une habitation de l’âge du bronze et un champs d’urne de l’âge du bronze final à Emblem (prov. d’Anvers, Belgique), APRAB Bulletin 2016/13, 32-38.



Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels