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Dr Catriona McKenzie

Lecturer in Human Osteoarchaeology

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My research has two main strands. The first focuses on the analysis of archaeological human remains, identifying diseases present in the skeletal remains and exploring the broader social, cultural and environmental context of those diseases. This work has resulted in a co-authored book, 'Life and Death in Medieval Gaelic Ireland: The Skeletons from Ballyhanna, Co. Donegal', and an edited book, 'The Science of a Lost Medieval Gaelic Graveyard: The Ballyhanna Research Project'. I have a particular interest in the archaeology of medieval and post-medieval Ireland.

The second strand of research focuses on using information from human skeletal remains in new interdisciplinary collaborations. This work includes the AHRC-funded project, 'Literary Archaeology: Exploring the Lived Environment of the Slave', a collaboration between archaeological and literary scholars, working with creative writers from the writing group 'Our Stories Make Waves'. In this project contemporary writers re-imagined the lives of enslaved individuals using archaeological evidence from human skeletal remains. The research culminated in a public debate, and reading of new work at the Georgian House Bristol. Research outputs included the co-authored journal article 'Handle with Care: Literature, Archaeology, Slavery' (published in Interdisciplinary Science Reviews) and an edited collection, 'Writing Remains: New Intersections of Archaeology and Literature' (under contract with Bloomsbury).    

 

Research supervision

I am happy to supervise postgraduate research students working in the following areas: human osteology, palaeopathology and funerary archaeology.

Research students

Current:

Sarah Cuthbert: Enriching the Neolithic: The Forgotten People of the Barrows (AHRC funded)

Mandy Kingdom: The Past People of Exeter: Health, Social Standing and Well-being in the Middle-Ages and Early Modern Period (AHRC funded)

Michael Legge: Iron Age Mortuary Practices in Eastern England: An integrated approach to burial evidence (AHRC SWDTP)

Jennifer Mack: Differential mortality and mortuary treatment of adolescents in nineteenth century American cemeteries (International studentship)

Rosalind Le Quesne: Digital dental imaging in human sex determination

 

Completed:

Belinda Tibbetts: Foetal and Infant Skeletal Palaeopathology as an Indicator of Maternal Health and Population Stress

 

Biography

Catriona obtained a BA (First Class Honours) from University College Cork, in History and Archaeology. Following the completion of her degree, she worked in professional archaeology for two years, as a field archaeologist, and later as an archaeological supervisor. She then trained in the analysis of human skeletal remains at the University of Sheffield where she was awarded an MSc (Distinction) in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology. Catriona completed her doctoral research at Queen’s University Belfast under the supervision of Dr Eileen Murphy. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and previously lectured at the University of Sheffield and at Queen’s University Belfast, before joining the University of Exeter in 2015.