Human bones are the most direct form of evidence for understanding how people lived in the past, who they were, and where they came from. The human skeleton is a unique repository for social information concerning the lifestyles of past peoples, shedding light on craft and occupational activities, diet, living conditions and health, migration and mobility. As a result, human skeletal remains must rank as one of the most information – rich sources of archaeological evidence.
Rebecca first developed an interest in bioarchaeology when studying for her undergraduate degree at Durham. She was awarded a prestigious Junior Research Fellowship at St John’s College, University of Cambridge where she began to collaborate with several members of the Classics Faculty on projects involving human skeletal remains from Roman Italy and Britain. In October 2006 she was appointed as Lecturer in Bioarchaeology at the University of Durham and was promoted to Professor in 2019. She is delighted to be teaching and researching human skeletal remains in the department where they first fascinated her.
During the 2019 excavation in Aldborough, an infant burial was found interred in the blacksmith’s workshop. We look forward to discovering what this might reveal about life in the Roman town.