Lukas Waltenberger, BSc, MSc, PhD



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Lukas Waltenberger is an osteologist and works with skeletal human remains. His main focus lies in prehistoric times. He absolved his Bachelor's degree in Biology with focus on Anthropology at the University of Vienna, 2014 Master's degree with distinction in Forensic Osteology at Bournemouth University (UK). 2016 Associate at Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) Cyprus. Awarded the ATHEN fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW). His PhD focused on the topic “Parturition scars as evidence of birth? A geometric morphometric reappraisal of pelvic features” and was performed between 2017-2021 in the framework of the ERC-project  »VAMOS – The value of mothers to society« (ÖAW, PI: Katharina Rebay-Salisbury).


Key Research Topics

  • Analysis of cremated remains
  • Imaging techniques
  • Histology
  • Trauma analyses/ Forensics
  • Geometric Morphometrics
  • Isotope analyses



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Waltenberger, L., et al., 2023. More than urns: A multi-method pipeline for analyzing cremation burials, Plos One 18(8):
Waltenberger, L., Rebay-Salisbury, K., Mitteroecker, P., 2022. Are parturition scars truly signs of birth? The estimation of parity
     in a well-documented modern sample, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 32, 619-629, doi: 10.1002/oa.3090
Waltenberger, L., Rebay-Salisbury, K., & Mitteroecker, P., 2021. Three-dimensional surface scanning methods in osteology: A
     topographical and geometric morphometric comparison. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 174(4), 846-858, doi:


Curriculum Vitae

since June 2023: University Assistant (Post-Doc) at the Institute for Prehistory and Historical Archaeology, University of Vienna

January 2023 to June 2023: Post-Doc at the Center for Forensic Medicine, Medical University of Vienna

2021-2022 Post-Doc at the Austrian Archaeological Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences

since 2018: Spokesperson of the working group Paleoanthropology and Prehistoric Anthropology of the Society of Anthropology

2017-2021 Prae-Doc at the Austrian Archaeological Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences and Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Vienna

2017-2018 ATHEN-Fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences


Academic Education

2017-2021 PhD, University of Vienna

2014-2015 MSc, Bournemouth University, UK

2010-2014 BSc, University of Vienna