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Andrei Dorian Soficaru

Institutul de Antropologie " Fr. J. Rainer" , Bucuresti, Romania

Institution web page: http://www.antropologia.ro/
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Born: 1975

Interests: anthropology, skeletal biology, osteology, paleopathology, bioarcaheology

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Curriculum Vitae
Andrei Dorian Soficaru


Office Address Laboratory of Paleoantropology
"Francisc J. Rainer" Anthropological Research Center
Eroii Sanitari Ave. 8, C. P. 35-13
050474, Bucharest, Romania,
tel. /fax: (004)-021-317.50.72
E - Mail: asoficaru@yahoo.com

Date of birth 20.08.1975

Marital status Married

Education (NB: in Romania, archaeology studies are within the Faculty of History, and the biological anthropology of the skeleton is a specialization within archaeology)
2002 Ph.D. in History, Faculty of History, University of Bucharest
(Thesis: The population of the Scythia province during the Late Roman
period)
1999 Master degree, Greek and Roman History and Archaeology, Faculty of History, University of Bucharest
1998 Bachelor in History, Faculty of History, University of Bucharest

Academic Positions
2008 - present RPrincipal Researcher
2004 - 2008 Researcher in Laboratory of Paleoanthropology, "Francisc J. Rainer" Institute of Anthropology
1999 - 2004 Assistant researcher in Laboratory of Paleoanthropoogy, Francisc J. Rainer" Institute of Anthropology

Grants and Awards

2005 Human Paleontology and Radiocarbon Chronology of the Pestera Muierii, Romania, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research #7290 (Erik Trinkaus - PI, Andrei Soficaru & Adrian Dobos - co-PIs).
2005 Human Paleontology and Chronology of the Early Modern Humans from Pestera Muierii and Pestera Cioclovina, Romania, National Science Foundation BCS-0509072 (Erik Trinkaus - PI, Andrei Soficaru & Adrian Dobos - co-PIs).
2002 Scientific research contract no. 5/05.09.2001, Research Institute of Eco - Museum Tulcea.
2001 Scientific research contract no. 2899/31.10.2002, Research Institute of Eco - Museum Tulcea.



Publications

1. N. Miritoiu & A.D. Soficaru, Considérations sur l'age de synostose de la synchondrose sphéno - occipitale chez un échantillon en provenance de la collection craniologique "Fr. I. Rainer" - Bucarest, Annuaire Roumaine d`Anthropologie, 36, 1999, p.3 - 8.
2. N. Miritoiu & A.D. Soficaru, N.M. Sultana, Analiza antropologica a osemintelor apartinand mormantului de Epoca Bronzului de la Carlomanesti (jud. Buzau), S.C.I.V.A., 52 - 53, 2001 - 2002, p. 43 - 51 [Anthropological analysis of a skeleton discovered in a Bronze Age grave at Carlomanesti (Buzau County)].
3. N. Miritoiu & A. D. Soficaru, Scheletul din mormantul 729 de la Poienesti: analiza antropologica, Simpozion de numismatica - comunicari, studii si note, Bucuresti, 2002, p. 161 - 167 [The skeleton of the grave 729 from Poienesti: anthropological analysis].
4. N. Miritoiu & A.D. Soficaru, An ectromely case of skeleton found into Poienesti Medieval necropolis (Vaslui County) - enclosed appendix on a cubitus (isolated) of Varasti Neolithic site displaying the same abnormity, Annuaire Roumaine d'Anthropologie, 39, 2002, p. 3 - 20.
5. N. Miritoiu & A. Soficaru, Sammlung des Zentrums für Athropologische Forschungen, Bukarest, p.141 - 142, in E. Teleaga & Vlad Zirra (ed.), Die Nekropole des 6.-1. Jhs. v.Chr. von Istria Bent bei Histria. Archäologische Untersuchungen zur Bevölkerung in der westlichen Schwarzmeerregion, Verlag Marie Leidorf GmbH, Rahden/Westf., 2003.
6. A. Soficaru, Synthese der anthropologischen Analysen: Bemerkungen, p.143 - 145, in E. Teleaga & Vlad Zirra (ed.), Die Nekropole des 6.-1. Jhs. v.Chr. von Istria Bent bei Histria. Archäologische Untersuchungen zur Bevölkerung in der westlichen Schwarzmeerregion, Verlag Marie Leidorf GmbH, Rahden/Westf., 2003.
7. N. Miritoiu & A.D. Soficaru, Studiul antropologic al osemintelor din cavoul romano - bizantin "Tudorca" de la Slava Rusa (antica Ibida), Peuce, S.N., I (XIV), 2003, p. 511 - 530 [Anthropological study of the "Tudorca" family vault dated in Romano - Byzantine epoch from Slava Rusa (Ibida)].
8. N. Miritoiu & A.D. Soficaru, Studiul antropologic al osemintelor descoperite in cripa basilicii de la Murighiol (anticul Halmyris), Peuce, S.N., I (XIV), 2003, p. 531 - 580 [Anthropological study of human bones discovered in the crypt of Halmyris basilica (Murighiol of nowadays, Tulcea County].
9. A. D. Soficaru, N. M. Sultana, N. Miritoiu, Expertiza antropologica a osemintelor umane descoperite la Chitila Ferma, in anul 2002, Bucuresti - Materiale de istorie si muzeografie, 17, 2003, 113 - 122 [Anthropological expertise of the human remains discovered at Chitila Ferma during the year of 2002].
10. S. Ailincai & N. Miritoiu, A.D. Soficaru, O groapa cu resturi umane atribuita culturii Babadag descoperita in nivelul precolonial de la Orgame (Jurilovca, jud. Tulcea), Arheologia Moldovei, 26, 2003 (2005), p. 307 - 324 [A pit with human remains attributed to Babadag culture discovered in pre-colonial level from Orgame (Jurilovca commune, Tulcea County].
11. O. Moldovan, S. Milota, L. Sarcina, E. Trinkaus, I. Baltean, A. Soficaru, G. Rajka, The oldest modern human of Europe, Theoretical and Applied Karstology, 16, 2003, p. 77 - 81.
12. Andrei D. Soficaru, Analyses of human skeletal remains from a Hellenistic grave, Annuaire Roumaine d'Anthropologie, 40, 2003, p. 11 - 21.
13. N. Miritoiu, N.M. Sultana, A.D. Soficaru, Asupra unui craniu preistoric dintr-o descoperire intamplatoare de la Schela Cladovei (jud. Mehedinti), Studii de Preistorie, 2, 2005, p. 47 - 73 [About a prehistoric skull from a random discovery of Schela Cladovei (Mehedinti County)].
14. Andrei D. Soficaru, Nicolae Miritoiu, Nicusor M. Sultana, Mihaela M. Gatej, Mihai D. Constantinescu, Analiza antropologica a osemintelor descoperite in campania din 2002, in necropola romano - bizantina de la Slava Rusa (jud. Tulcea), Peuce, S.N., II (XV), 2004, p. 329 - 386 [Anthropological analysis of human remains discovered during the excavations of 2002, in the Late Roman necropolis from Slava Rusa (Tulcea County)].
15. C.Al. Lazar, A.D. Soficaru, Consideratii preliminare asupra unor oase umane descopeerite in asezarea gumelniteana de la Cascioarele-Ostrovel, Cultura si Civilizatie la Dunarea de Jos, XXII, 2005, p. 297 - 316 [Preliminary considerations regarding to some human bones discovered in the Gumelnita-type settlement from Cascioarele-Ostrovel].
16. Soficaru Andrei Dorian, A skull with a possible sword stroke from Tropaeum Traiani, Annuaire Roumaine d`Anthropologie, 42, Bucarest, 2005, p. 3 - 6.
17. E. Trinkaus, I.C. Baltean, S. Constantin, M. Gherase, V. Horoi, St. Milota, O. Moldovan, C. Petrea, J. Quiles, R. Rodrigo, H. Rougier, L. Sarcina, A. Soficaru, J. Zilhao, Oamenii timpurii moderni din Banat: Pestera cu Oase, Banatica, 17, 2005, p. 9 - 27 [On the early people from Banat: The Cave with Bones].
18. A. Soficaru & A. Stan, Expertiza antropologica asupra unor oseminte umane, in V. Sarbu, S. Matei, V. Dupoi, Incinta dacica fortificata de la Pietroasa Mica - Gruiu Darii, com. Pietroasele, jud. Buzau (II), Buzau, 2005, p. 107 [Anthropological expertise of some human bones].
19. A. Soficaru, A. Dobos, E. Trinkaus, Early modern humans from the Pestera Muierii, Baia de Fier, Romania, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 2006, 103, 46, p. 17196 - 17201.
20. Al. Dinu, D. Meiggs, A. Balasescu, A. Boroneant, A. Soficaru, N. Miritoiu, On Men and Pigs: Were Pigs Domesticated at Mesolithic Iron Gates of the Danube? Part one: Teeth Metrics, Studii de Preistorie, 3, 2006, p. 77 - 98.
21. Nicolae Miritoiu & Andrei D. Soficaru, Osteobiographical study of the human remains discovered in the crypt of Murighiol (antique Halmyris) basilica, Il Mar Nero, Roma, 5, 2001 - 2003 (2007), p. 169 - 190.
22. A. Soficaru, C. Petrea, A. Dobos, E. Trinkaus, The human cranium from the Pestera Cioclovina Uscata, Romania, Current Anthropology, 48, 4, 2007, p. 611 - 619.
23. Andrei D. Soficaru, Al. Comsa, A. Stan, V. Anthropological anlysis of the human remains from Hunedoara - The Castel's Garden / Plateau, in V. Sarbu, S.A. Luca, C. Roman, S. Purece, D. Diaconescu, N. Cerisor, Vestigiile dacice de la Hunedoara / The Dacian vestiges in Hunedoara, Sibiu 2007, p. 85 - 106.
24. Al. Dinu, A. Soficaru, N. Miritoiu, The Mesolithic at the Danube's Iron gates: new radiocarbon dates and old stratigraphies, Documenta Praehistorica, 34, 2007, p. 31 - 52.
25. A.D. Soficaru, Human remains discovered in the Basilica D from Tropaeum Traiani, Annuaire Roumaine d`Anthropologie, 43 - 44, Bucarest, 2006 - 2007, p. 3 - 8.
26. A.D. Soficaru, Anthropological researches regarding the Roman - Byzantine province, Scythia, Annuaire Roumaine d`Anthropologie, 43 - 44, Bucarest, 2006 - 2007, p. 9 - 14.
27. M. Gatej, A. Soficaru, N. Miritoiu, Expertiza antropologica a osemintelor umane de la Mariuta - La Movila (com. Belciugatele, jud. Calarasi), Studii de Preistorie, 4, 2007, p. 159 - 167 (Anthropological expertise on human bones from Mariuta-La Movila archaeological site).
28. S. Ailincai, N. Miritoiu, A. Soficaru, A pit with human remains attributed to the Babadag culture in pre-colonial leel at Orgame, Orgame/Argamum, Supplementa 1, 2006, p. 81 - 107.
29. A. Dinu, A. Boroneant, A. Balasescu, A. Soficaru, Nicolae Miritoiu, Mesolithic and Neolithic pigs of the northern Balkans: astragali vs. teeth as markers of domestication, Mesolithic Miscellany, 19, 1, 2008, p. 7 - 12.
30. Andrei Dorian Soficaru, Propunere pentru o tipologie uniforma a mormintelor romano - bizantine din Dobrogea, Peuce, S.N. V, 2007, p. 297 - 312 (Proposal for a standard typology of the Roman - Byzantine graves from Dobrogea).
31. Andrei Dorian Soficaru, Human osteological remains from Costisa Romania - anthropological analyses, Dacia, N.S., 52, 2008, p. 33 - 54.
32. G. Cardos, Al. Rodewald, A. Soficaru, Ancient DNA study on human fossil found Costisa, Romania, dating from de Bronze Age, Dacia, N.S., 52, 2008, p. 55 - 67.
33. A. Boroneant, V. Boroneant, N. Miritoiu, A. D. Soficaru, The Icoana burials revisited, Studii de Preistorie, 5, p. 51 - 60.
34. Al. Ion, Andrei D. Soficaru, Paleopathological conditions in an eneolithic community from Sultana - Malu Rosu, Studii de Preistorie, 5, p. 153 - 157.
35. M. C. Rusu, R. Cergan, C.A. Comes, A. Soficaru, The Pterygopalatine Fossa: Morphological Considerations, European Cells and Materials, vol. 16, suppl. 5, 2008 (page 6).
36. M. Poescu, O. Popoviciu, C. Stan, A. Soficaru, N. Miritoiu, C. Glavce, The condition of the dento - maxillary system in two historical ages. Anthropological study on the skulls from the Mesolithic era and the Early Middle Ages, discovered on Romanian territory, Proceedings of the Romanian Academy. Series B: chemistry, life science and geoscience, 10, 3, 2008, p. 239 - 245.
37. A. Soficaru, N. Miritoiu, A. Balasescu, Analiza osteologica a mormintelor de incineratie de la Olteni, jud. Covasna, Angustia, 12, 2008, p. 149 - 156 (Osteological Analysis of the Cremation Graves from Olteni, Covasna County).
38. A. Soficaru, N. Miritoiu, A. Balasescu, Osteological Analysis of the Cremation Graves from Olteni, Covasna County, in V. Sirbu & D. L. Vaida, Funerary Practices of the Bronze and Iron Ages in Central and South - Eastern Europe, Proceedings of the 9th International Colloquium of Funerary Archaeology - Bistrita, Romania, May 9th - 11th 2008, Cluj Napoca, 2008.
39. E. Trinkaus, A. Soficaru, A. Dobos, S. Constantin, Joao Zilhao, M. Richards, Stable isotope evidence fro early modern human diet in southeastern Europe: Pestera cu Oase, Pestera Muierii and Cioclovina Uscata, Materiale si Cercetari Arheologice (serie noua), 5, 2009, p. 5 - 14.
40. A. Dobos, A. Soficaru, A. Popescu, E. Trinkaus, Radiocarbon dating and faunal stable isotope for the Galeria Principala, Pstera Muierii, Baia de Fier, Gorj County, Romania, Materiale si Cercetari Arheologice (serie noua), 5, 2009, p. 15 - 20.
A. Soficaru, M. Constantinescu, N. Miritoiu, Date antropologice privind materialul osteologic de la Basarabi - Murfatlar, Materiale si Cercetari Arheologice (serie noua), 5, 2009, p. 159 - 188 (Anthropological data regading the osteological remains from Basarabi - Murfatlar).

Fieldwork reports

N. Miritoiu & A.D. Soficaru, N.M. Sultana, Voice 187, Chronicle of Archaeological Researches, campaign 2002, CIMEC - Institue of Cultural Memory, June 2003, p. 295-300, and the annex 7 / p. 497 (in Romanian).
Andrei D. Soficaru, Voice 183, Chronicle of Archaeological Researches, campaign 2002, CIMEC - Institue of Cultural Memory 2004, p. 322-324, and the annex 10 / p. 482-483 (in Romanian).


Research in Progress

Skeletal biology studies regarding to the Late Roman Emipre population in Romania.
Restoration and analysis of Neolithic skeletons from Varasti, Gumelnita, Cascioarele necropolises.
Analysis of skeletons from Late Roman Empire necropolis of Mangalia (Callatis), Slava Rusa (Ibida).


Invited Presentations

2005 F. Stanciu, G. Duta - Cornescu, N. Miritoiu, A. D. Soficaru, V. Stoian, DNA degradations studie son human tooth sample from different periods of time, European Human Genetics Conference 2005, May 07 - 10, Prague, Czech Republic.
2002 "The martyrs crypt from Halmyris", National Museum of History, Bucharest (co - authored with M. Zahariade, O. Bounegru, N. Miritoiu).
2001 "A Hallstatt pit with human remains discovered in Jurilovca (Argamum)", Institute of Archeology, Bucharest (co - authored with N. Miritoiu, S. Ailincai).
2000 "The Hun tomb from Gheraseni. Comparative anthropological study with other discoveries dated in V century A.D. from Romania", Anthropological Research Center, Bucharest (co - authored with N. Miritoiu).
2000 "Deformed skull from Gheraseni", Museum of History, Buzau (co - authored with N. Miritoiu).
2000 "Some considerations concern the discovery of the first deformed skull on the Romanian territory", Museum of Man, Ploiesti (co - authored with N. Miritoiu).
1999 "Proposition d'une methode de calcul pour les angles craniennes dans la plan median sagital", poster at the XIV colloquium GALF (Goupe des Anthropologues de Langue Francophone), Sinaia (co - authored with N. Miritoiu).

Laboratory Experience

Restoration and analysis of 12 Halstattian skeletons form Jurilovca (with N. Miritoiu).
Restoration and analysis of 39 skeletons from a Late Roman familial vault from Slava Rusa (with N. Miritoiu).
Restoration and analysis of the human remains discovered in the martyr crypt from Murighiol (with N. Miritoiu).
Restoration of 200 skeletons from Late Roman necropolis of Mangalia (with N. Sultana, V. Popescu, M. Gatej).
Restoration of 100 skeletons from Late Roman necropolis of Slava Rusa (with N. Sultana, M. Constantinescu, M. Gatej).
Restoration of 80 skeletons from Neolithic necropolis of Sultana (with N. Sultana, M. Constantinescu, M. Gatej).
Collaboration with Dr. Douglas T. Price (Madison, Wisconsin) about strontium analyses of Mesolithic skeletons from Schela Cladovei (with N. Miritoiu).
Collaboration with Dr. Alexander Rodewald (Hamburg, Germany) about fossil DNA of Halstattian skeletons from Dobrogea (with N. Miritoiu).

Field Experience

2005 Pestera cu Oase, paleontological site, Romania.
2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 Archaeological excavations in the Late Roman Empire necropolis from Slava Rusa, Romania.
2001 Anthropological analysis of bones discovered in the basilica crypt from Murighiol, Romania.
2001 Archaeological excavations in the Neolithic necropolis from Sultana, Romania.
1995, 1996, 1997 Archaeological excavations in Poienesti site, Romania.

Language Proficiencies

English: reading, writing, speaking.
French: reading and speaking.
German: reading.

Selected publications:
• Andrei Soficaru, Catalin Petrea, Adrian Dobos¸, and Erik Trinkaus. The Human Cranium from the Pes¸tera Cioclovina Uscata¢, Romania. Current Anthropology, 48, pp. 611-619, 2007.
• Andrei Soficaru, Catalin Petrea, Adrian Dobos, Erik Trinkaus. The Human Cranium from the Pestera Cioclovina Uscata, Romania, Context, Age, Taphonomy, Morphology, and Paleopathology. Current Anthropology, 48 (4), pp. 611-619, 2007.
• Andrei Soficaru, Adrian Dobos, aErik Trinkaus. Early modern humans from the Pestera Muierii, Baia de Fier, Romania. PNAS, 103 (46), p. 17196̵, 2006.

Publications from the ISI database, indexed between 2002-2011, produced in Romania:
• Soficaru, A; Dobos, A; Trinkaus, E, Early modern humans from, the Pestera Muierii, Baia de Fier, Romania. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 103 (46), pp. 17196-17201, 2006.
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