Professor Christopher Knüsel


Christopher Knüsel is Associate Professor in Bioarchaeology in the Department of Archaeology, University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom. He holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin- Madison (USA) (B.A. (Hons.), Anthropology, 1984), the University of York (U.K.) (M.A., Medieval Archaeology, 1986), and Simon Fraser University (Canada) (Ph.D., 1991), where he wrote a dissertation on early hominid cranial biomechanics. He was formerly a Leverhulme Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Bradford (1991) and then lectured there from 1992 until 2008. In July 2002, he received the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching from the University of Bradford. He holds a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship and is writing a book entitled Funerary Archaeology: A Bioarchaeological Synthesis (Cambridge University Press). He is co-editor of (with Veronica Fiorato and Anthea Boylston) and contributor to Blood Red Roses: The Archaeology of a Mass Grave from Towton, A.D 1461 (Oxbow Books 2000, 2007) and, more recently, contributor to and co-editor (with Rebecca Gowland) of Social Archaeology of Funerary Remains (Oxbow Books 2006). He has also co-authored Velim: Violence and Death in Bronze Age Bohemia (with Anthony Harding, Radka Sumberová, and Alan Outram) (Czech Academy of Sciences 2007, available from Oxbow Books). He and his co-authors received the Martyn Jope Award for 2010 from the Society for Medieval Archaeology for their paper, entitled “The Identity of the St Bees Lady, Cumbria: An Osteobiographical Approach.” He was the recipient of an AHRC Knowledge Exchange Hub grant (via REACT's Heritage Sandbox) that has enabled him to use advanced digital technologies in the presentation of the Ivory Bangle Lady at the Yorkshire Museum, which used augmented reality and social media to interact with visitors within the museum. He convenes Exeter’s MSc. in Bioarchaeology. He teaches Funerary Osteoarchaeology (ARC3611) and Forensic Anthropology (ARC2514) at undergraduate level and Funerary Osteoarchaeology (ARCM412), Musculo-skeletal Anatomy (ARCM414), and Advanced Human Osteology (ARCM405) at Master's level.

Professional Activities:

Fellow, Society of Antiquaries of London, 2006-present

Editorial Board (Comité de Lecture), Bulletins et Mémoires de la Société d’Anthropologie de Paris, 2006-present

President of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO), 2009-2012

Associate Editor, International Journal of Paleopathology, 2010-present

Peer Review College, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), 2010-2012

Scientific committee for Université de Bordeaux Archaeological Excellence Laboratory

M.Phil./Ph.D. External Examiner: Bordeaux (3), Bournemouth, Cambridge (5) (Biological Anthropology and Archaeology), Durham (2), Geneva, Glasgow, Manchester (Interdisciplinary Biocentre), Marseille, Reading, Sheffield, Stockholm, UCL, Winchester (2)

External Examiner: MA Osteoarchaeology, Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton, 2003-2007; MSc. Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, 2008-2011

Publication Referee: Archaeofauna, Archaeometry, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Antiquity, B.A.R. (British Archaeological Reports), Blackwell Publishers, Bulletins et Mémoires de la Société de l’Anthropologie de Paris, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Archaeological Journal, Current Anthropology, Economics and Human Biology, English Heritage, Environmental Archaeology: The Journal of Human Palaeoecology, European Journal of Archaeology, Homo: The Journal of Comparative Human Biology, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, International Journal of Paleopathology, Journal of Archaeological Science, Journal of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Research, Museum of London, Oxbow Publishers, Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, Social Science History, Routledge Publishers, Wiley-Liss Publishers, World Archaeology

Grant Referee: Arts and Humanities Research Board/Council (AHRC) (U.K.), Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)/Fonds de Recherche sur la Société et la Culture Québec (France/Canada), British Academy (U.K.), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) (France), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) (German Research Foundation), Leading Edge Fund (LEF), Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Canada, Medical Research Council (MRC) (U.K.), Leverhulme Trust (U.K.), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Research Foundation Flanders, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) (Canada), Wellcome Trust (U.K.), Vidi, Council for the Humanities (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research)


Martyn Jope Award 2010, Society of Medieval Archaeology for the best novel interpretation, application of analytical method or presentation of new findings published in Medieval Archaeology

Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Bradford, July 2002

Institutional and Professional Memberships:

American Association of Physical Anthropologists

Association for Environmental Archaeology

British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology

Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology

European Association of Archaeologists

Paleopathology Association (U.S.A. and Europe)

Society for American Archaeology