Heli Maijanen


University lecturer
Archaeology/Biological anthropology


I am a university lecturer in archaeology and my specilization areas are bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. I study human remains in past populations and in contemporary conflict/forensic contexts. I received my PhD in archaeology at the University of Oulu (2011) and in (biological) anthropology at the University of Tennessee (2014). I teach courses related to my research area, such as Introduction to Osteology, Specialisation in Biological Anthropology and Bioarchaeology, Biological Anthropology Seminar and  BA Thesis Seminar.

Research interests

  • forensic anthropology
  • bioarchaeology
  • paleopathology
  • osteometry
  • method standardization


Selected publications

  • Taylor R, Scott A, Koehl A, Trask W, Maijanen H (2019) The Tarawa Project Part I: A multidisciplinary approach to resolve commingled human remains from the Battle of Tarawa.. - Forensic Anthropology 2 (2), 87-95
  • Scott A, Maijanen H, Taylor R, Koehl A, Trask W. (2019) The Tarawa Project Part II: Resolved Commingling and Identification of Casualties from the Battle of Tarawa. - Forensic Anthropology 2 (2), 96-101
  • Lynch, Jefferey James; Maijanen, Heli; Prescher, Andreas (2019) Analysis of Three Commonly Used Tibia Length Measurement Techniques. - Journal of Forensic Sciences 64 (1), 181-185 . [Original]
  • Arponen, Aki; Maijanen, Heli; Immonen, Visa (2018) From Bones to Sacred Artefact: The Late Medieval Skull Relic of Turku Cathedral, Finland. - Temenos 54 (2), 149-183 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Maijanen, H.; Jeong, Y. (2018) Discrepancies between reported and cadaveric body size measurements associated with a modern donated skeletal collection. - HOMO - Journal of Comparative Human Biology 69 (3), 86-97 . [Original]
  • Langley, Natalie R.; Meadows Jantz, Lee; McNulty, Shauna; Maijanen, Heli; Ousley, Stephen D.; Jantz, Richard L. (2018) Error quantification of osteometric data in forensic anthropology. - Forensic science international 287, 183-189 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Langley, Natalie R.; Meadows Jantz, Lee; McNulty, Shauna; Maijanen, Heli; Ousley, Stephen D.; Jantz, Richard L. (2018) Data for validation of osteometric methods in forensic anthropology. - Data in brief 19, 21-28 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Wallace, Ian J.; Worthington, Steven; Felson, David T.; Jurmain, Robert D.; Wren, Kimberly T.; Maijanen, Heli; Woods, Robert J.; Lieberman, Daniel E. (2017) Knee osteoarthritis has doubled in prevalence since the mid-20th century. - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114 (35), 9332-9336 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Maijanen, Heli; Wilson-Taylor, Rebecca J.; Jantz, Lee Meadows (2016) Storm-Related Postmortem Damage to Skeletal Remains. - Journal of Forensic Sciences 61 (3), 823-827 . [Original]