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Professor Christopher Knüsel

Public engagement

 

AHRC REACT Hub (SX-05520), “The Ivory Bangled Lady” (short title), "A long Way from Home: Diaspora Communities in Roman Britain” (full title), with Paul Davies (Imagemakers) and Dr. Stephany Leach, University of Exeter), post-doctoral researcher, £50,000, April 2012

Contribution to discipline

Chair and then President of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO), 2008-2012

Member of the Review Committee (Comité de Lecture) of Bulletins et Mémoires de la Société d’Anthropologie de Paris, 2006-present

Associate Editor and Member of the Advisory Board for the International Journal of Paleopathology, 2010-present

Member of the Ministry of Justice’s panel on burial legislation reform, 2011

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

Examination of Doctoral Theses:

Member of Jury (i.e. doctoral defence/viva voce) and Rapporteur for Mlle Aurore Lambert, UMR 7268- Anthropologie bioculturelle, Droit, Ethique et Santé, l’Université Aix-Marseille, “Analyse fonctionnelle du squelette postcrânien et étude des modèles d'activités chez des populations au Néolithique final en Provence”, December 6, 2013

External Examiner for Ph.D. defense/viva voce (with Dr. Ron Pinhasi, University College-Dublin, Internal Examiner) for Mr. Matthew Gasperetti, Division of Biological Anthropology, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, “The Bioarchaeology of Agriculture in the Prehistoric Levant”, October 24, 2013

External Examiner for Ph.D. defense/viva voce for Ms. Laura Calderwood, Archaeological, Geographical and Environmental Sciences, School of Life Sciences University of Bradford, “Differential Infant and Childhood Morbidity and Mortality in Victorian England”, April 25, 2013 (candidate did not attend for viva)

External Examiner for Ph.D. defense/viva voce (with Dr. Frank Marlowe, University of Cambridge, Internal Examiner) for Mr. Thomas Davies, Department of Biological Anthropology, University of Cambridge, “Human Diaphyseal Morphology in a Skeletal Context”, December 7, 2012

External Examiner for Ph.D. defense/viva voce (with Dr. Bill Sillar, Institute of Archaeology, UCL, Internal Examiner) for Ms. Trisha M. Biers, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, “The Bioarchaeology of Activity, Gender, and Identity: A Regional Analysis of Inka Period Burials from Lima, Peru”, November 16, 2012

Faculty Opponent (i.e. doctoral defense/viva voce) for Ms. Sirpa Niinimäki, Faculty of Science, University of Oulu, Finland, “Reconstructing Physical Activity from Human Skeletal Remains: Potentials and Restrictions in the Use of Musculoskeletal Stress Markers”, October 13, 2012

Member of Jury (i.e. doctoral defence/viva voce) and Rapporteur for Mme. Frédérique Blaizot, “Les espaces funéraires de l’habitat groupé des Ruelles à Serris du VIIe au XIe siècles Seine et Marne, Île-de-France): taphonomie du squelette, modes d’inhumation, organisation et dynamique”, PACEA, Laboratoire d'Anthropologie des Populations du Passé, l’Université de Bordeaux I, December 10, 2011

External Examiner for Ph.D. defence/viva voce (with Prof. Robert Chapman, Reading University, Internal Examiner) for Ms. Justine Tracey, University of Reading, “Cultural Behaviour of Natural Processes? A Review of Southern Britain Iron Age Skeletal Remains,” October 28, 2011

External Examiner for Ph.D. defence/viva voce for Ms. Aimee Foster, University of Otago, New Zealand, “Gendered Divisions of Labour in Southeast Asia and Pacific Island Prehistory” October 13, 2011

Member of Jury (i.e. doctoral defence/viva voce) and Rapporteur for Mlle Isabelle Bouchez, Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Biologique, Faculté de Médecine de Marseille, l’Université de la Méditerranée, “Évolution des Marquers Non Conventionnels Âge et Sexe Dépendents: Apport de la Paléopathologie” November 22, 2010

External Examiner for M.Phil. thesis (with Dr. Toomas Kivisild, University of Cambridge, Internal Examiner) for Mr. Christopher Walker, Leverhulme Centre for Human Evoloutionary Studies, Department of Biological Anthropology, University of Cambridge, “A Comparative Study of Ontogenetic Changes in Humeral and Femoral Diaphyseal Strength in Homo sapiens and Pan troglodytes”, January 8, 2010

External Examiner for M.Phil. thesis (with Dr. Lisa Maher, University of Cambridge, Internal Exminer) for Mr. Matthew Gasperetti, Leverhulme Centre for Human Evoloutionary Studies, Department of Biological Anthropology, University of Cambridge, “A Biocultural Study of Diachronic Change in the Skeletal Aantomy of Prehistoric Levantine Populations”, November 26, 2009

Internal Examiner for Ph.D. defence/viva voce (with Dr. Edward Bispham, Oxford University, External Examiner) for Mr. Rafael Scopacasa, Department of Classics, University of Exeter, “Identity as Social Practice in the Funerary Sites of Central Apennine Italy (‘Samnium’), 6th –3rd Centuries BC”, October 21, 2009

External Examiner for M.Phil. thesis for Mr. Stephen M. Richards, University of Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre, “An Attempt to Identify the Strains of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in Urban Centres of 12th to 19th Century England”, October 16, 2009

External Examiner for Ph.D. defence/viva voce (with Dr. Marta Lahr, University of Cambridge, Internal Examiner) for Mr. Colin N. Shaw, Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, Department of Biological Anthropology, University of Cambridge, “The Influence of Habitual Athletic Activity on Diaphyseal Morphology in Modern Humans, and its Impact on Interpretation of Hominin Activity Patterns”, November 14, 2008

Member of Jury (i.e. doctoral defence/viva voce) and Rapporteur for M. Sébastien Villotte, Laboratoire d'Anthropologie des Populations du Passé, l’Université de Bordeaux I, “Enthésopathies et Activité des Hommes Préhistoriques: Recherche Méthodologique et Application aux Fossiles Européens du Paléolithique Supérieure et du Mésolithique” October 3, 2008

External Examiner for Ph.D. defence/viva voce (with Dr. Jay Stock, University of Cambridge, no Internal Examiner) for Ms. Isabelle de Groote, Department of Anthropology, University College London, “A Comprehensive Analysis of Long Bone Curvature in Neanderthals and Modern Humans Using 3D Morphometrics”, September 24, 2008

Faculty Opponent (External Examiner) for Ph.D. defence/viva voce for Ms. Petra Molnar, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Stockholm University, “Tracing Prehistoric Activities: Life ways. Habitual Behaviour and Health of Hunter-Gatherers on Gotland”, September 18, 2008

External Examiner for Ph.D. defence/viva voce (with Prof. Peter Rowley-Conwy, Durham University, Internal Examiner) for Ms. Charlotte Henderson, Department of Archaeology, University of Durham, “Musculo-Skeletal Stress Markers in Bioarchaeology: Indicators of Activity Levels or Human Variation? A Re-Analysis and Interpretation”, June 27, 2008

Member of Jury (i.e. doctoral defence/viva voce) and Rapporteur for M. David Peressinotto, Laboratoire d'Anthropologie des Populations du Passé, l’Université de Bordeaux I, “Chronologie de la Dislocation Articulaire du Squelette Axial et des Ceintures au cours de la Décomposition du Cadavre. Apports à l’Analyse des Sépultures”, December 18, 2007

Member of Jury (i.e. doctoral defence/viva voce) and Rapporteur for Mme. Geneviève Perréard, Département d’Anthropologie et d’Ecologie,  l’Université de Genève, “Adaptation structurelle des os du membre supérieur et de la clavicule à l’activité: analyse de l’asymétrie des propriétés géométriques de sections tranverses et de mesures linéaires dans une population identifiée (collection SIMON), April 4, 2007

External Examiner for Ph.D. defence/viva voce (with Dr. Paul Halstead, University of Sheffield, Internal Examiner) for Mr. Constantine Eliopoulos, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, “The Creation of a Documented Human Skeletal Reference Collection and the Application of Current Aging and Sexing Standards on a Greek Skeletal Population”, March 16, 2007

Member of Jury (i.e. doctoral defence/viva voce) and Rapporteur for M. Yves Gleize, Laboratoire d'Anthropologie des Populations du Passé, l’Université de Bordeaux I, “Gestion de Corps, Gestion de Morts: Analyse Archéo-anthropologique de Réutilisation de Tombes et de Manipulations d’Ossements en Contexte Funéraire au Début du Moyen Age (entre Loire et Garonne, Ve-VIII1e Siècle)”, December 11, 2006

External Examiner for Ph.D. defence/viva voce (no internal exmainer, Dr. Nick Thorpe, Universioty of Winchester, Chair) for Ms. Stephany Leach, Department of Archaeology, University of Winchester (Southampton), “Going Underground: Anthropological Study of Human Skeletal Remains from Caves and Rock Shelters in Yorkshire”, November 13, 2006

External Examiner for Ph.D. defence/viva voce (with Dr. Rupert Housley, University of Glasgow, Internal Examiner) for Ms. Stephanie Spars, Department of Archaeology, University of Glasgow, “Interpreting Conflict Mortuary Behaviour: Applying Non-Linear and Traditional Quantitative Methods to Conflict Burials”, January 6, 2006

External Examiner for Ph.D. defence/viva voce (with Dr. Andrew Reynolds, Institute of Archaeology, UCL and Dr. Chris Gerrard, Durhuam University, Chair) for Ms. Catherine Groves, Department of Archaeology, University of Durham. Spears or Ploughshares: Multiple Indicators of Activity Related Stress and Social Status in Four Early Medieval Populations from the North East of England”, January 11, 2006

External Examiner for Ph.D. defence/viva voce (with Dr. Mark Edmonds, University of Cambridge, Internal Examiner) for Ms. Jessica Faith Beckett, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, “Death and Burial on the Burren: A Taphonomic Study of Three Megalithic Monuments in County Clare, Ireland”, October 24, 2005

Internal Examiner (with Dr. Annie Grant, UEA, External Examiner) Worley, Fay L. “Taken to the Grave: An Archaeozoological Approach Assessing the Role of Animals as Crematory Offerings in First Millennium AD Britain”  (University of Bradford), Summer 2005

External Examiner for Ph.D. defence/viva voce (with Prof. Charlotte Roberts, Durham University, Second External Examiner) for Ms. Linda O’Connell, School of Conservation Sciences, Bournemouth University, entitled “An Evaluation of the Relationship between Human Pelvic Size and Shape and the Distribution, Type, and Severity of Vertebral Degenerative Disease in the Archaeological Record.”  December 21, 2004

Internal Examiner (with Mr. Clive Orton, UCL, External Examiner) Lucy, David J. “Human Age Estimation from Skeletal and Dental Evidence” (University of Bradford), Autumn 2001

Internal Examiner (with Dr. John Curtis, British Museum, External Examiner), Fazeli-Nashli, Hassan (2001). “An Investigation of Craft Specialisation and Cultural Complexity of the Late Neolithic and Chalcolithic Periods in the Tehran Plain” (University of Bradford), Spring 1996

Master’s Course External Examiner:

External Examiner for the MSc. in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, 2008- 2011

External Examiner for the M.A. in Osteoarchaeology, Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton, 2003- 2007

Lead External Examiner, Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton

Collating a yearly report on all external examiner reports for university committees, 2003- 2007

Media

 

Television/Radio Appearances:

“Blood Red Roses”, Secrets of the Dead documentary, Channel 4, aired June 25, 1999

“Arms in Action”, cameos in series on early projectiles, weapons, armour, and tactics Yorkshire Television, aired throughout November 1999 on Sunday evenings

“Murder at Stonehenge”, Secrets of the Dead documentary, Channel 4, aired July 3, 2000

“The Celts” for Opus Television, Wales, and The History Channel, April 2000, aired October 2000

“Mummy: The Inside Story” for Windfall Films, Channel 5, aired 20 August 2004

“Mystery of the Lost Catacombs”, Bellwether Media, Discovery Channel, 2007

“In Search of Medieval Britain”, series presenter Alixe Bovey, BBC4, 2008

“Stonehenge”, BBC Timewatch, aired September 27, 2008

Written Media Contributions:

Palmer, Andrew 2010. Nasty, brutish and not that short: Medieval warfare was just as terrifying as you might imagine. The Economist 16th December 2010 (Christmas Special)

Taaffe, Joanne “Towton 1461 A.D. and Medieveal Warfare”, Guerres et Histoires (French military history magazine) September 2011