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Dr Catriona McKenzie

Lecturer in Human Osteoarchaeology


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I specialise in human osteology, palaeopathology and funerary archaeology. My research to date has focused largely upon the analysis of different skeletal collections from medieval and post-medieval Ireland. I am currently developing a new research strand which will focus on identifying age-related diseases in past populations.

Research supervision

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

Research students


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



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



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.