I am the Collections Manager of the Duckworth laboratory in the Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. I am also a tutor at the Institute for Continuing Education at Cambridge where I teach about death and burial, epidemic disease, and Andean archaeology. Previous positions I have held include Osteologist in the Repatriation Osteology Laboratory, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution; Educator at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge; Associate Curator and Repatriation Coordinator (NAGPRA Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) at the San Diego Museum of Man in California. The human remains collections I have researched and curated span all regions of the globe.
I received a PhD in archaeology at the University of Cambridge in October 2013. My dissertation titled, ‘Investigating the Relationship between Labour and Gender, Material Culture, and Identity at an Inka Period Cemetery: a regional analysis of provincial burials from Lima, Peru’ combined human skeletal data, burial deposition, and documentary sources to assess identity of artisans under Inka (AD1400-1532) provincial control.
I love what I do and incorporating multiple lines of evidence in my research makes it all the more interesting. Investigating the past through human osteology, radiology, biomolecular science, archaeological objects, documentary sources, oral histories, and ethics leads to a stronger understanding of communities in the past.
I’m currently a member of the following organisations:
British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteology (BABAO)
American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA)
Natural Sciences Collections Association, UK (NatSCA)
Early Career Member, Anatomical Society, UK
Society for American Archaeology (SAA)
Palaeopathology Association (PPA)
Institute of Andean Studies (IAS)