Staff Profile:Dr Mary Lewis
- Dr Mary Lewis
- Job Title:
- Director of Teaching and Learning (SHES) / Senior Lecturer in Biological Anthropology
- Director of Teaching and Learning (SHES)
- Chair of the School Board of Teaching and Learning
- Areas of Interest:
- Non-adult Palaeopathology - (developing diagnostic methods for recording pathological lesions in child skeletons, e.g. leprosy, rickets, scurvy, endocranial lesions, trauma etc.)
- Urban and rural health in medieval England, (inc. the osteology of medieval apprentices and adolescence)
- Child health during the Roman-British period
- Roman Diaspora- examining the evidence for diaspora and migration by combining isotopic, skeletal and burial evidence.
- Personal identification of children in forensic anthropology.
Mary currently supervises six research students, covering topics from skeletal ageing (Falys), Iron Age burial practices (Tracey), non-adult trauma (Verlinden, Leverhulme) and the palaeopathology of early medieval migration (Andrews), stress in medieval transition periods (Watts, AHRC) and respiratory disease in medieval Iceland (Collins). Mary is happy to discuss proposals for postgraduate research in any area of biological anthropology, but especially palaeopathology and non-adult osteology. For further information, please contact Dr Lewis
- Research groups / Centres:
Dr Mary Lewis teaches the method and theory behind the study of human skeletal remains, osteological techniques and palaeopathology at undergraduate and Masters level. Mary specialises in non-adult skeletal pathology and in the personal identification of children in forensic anthropology. She examines the changing pattern of disease in children in relation to socio-economic transitions in the past (Romano-British to Anglo-Saxon; urban to industrial) with particular focus on metabolic and infectious diseases. Her other research interests include the use of stable isotope and trace element analysis in reconstructing past migratory patterns in the UK.
Mary's recent publications include The Bioarchaeology of Children (CUP, 2007), and anthropological contributions to The Scientific Investigation of Mass Graves by Cox et al. (2008). She regularly publishes in journals such as the American Journal of Physical Anthropology has contributed to books on leprosy, environmental archaeology and forensic anthropology. In 2009, Mary completed research into Diaspora in Romano-British communities which examined the osteological and isotopic evidence for diversity and migration during the Roman period, in addition Mary explored the impact of migration on the health of children living in Poundbury Camp, Dorset.
In addition to her Leverhulme Trust funded project examining medieval adolescence and migration (with Dr Fiona Shapland and Dr Janet Montgomery, University of Durham), Mary is currently compiling information on child health in Britain though the ages.
Mary's recent publications includes:
Lewis ME (2010) Life and Death in a Civitas Capital: metabolic disease and trauma in the children from late Roman Dorchester, Dorset. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.21239
YNumber of items: 23.
- Shapland, F. and Lewis, M. E. (2013) Brief communication: a proposed osteological method for the estimation of pubertal stage in human skeletal remains. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 151 (2). pp. 302-310. ISSN 1096-8644 doi: 10.1002/ajpa.22268
- Lewis, M. E. (2013) Children of the golden minster: St. Oswald's Priory and the impact of industrialisation on child health. Journal of Anthropology, 2013 (959472). ISSN 2090-4053 doi: 10.1155/2013/959472
- Lewis, M. (2013) Children in the archaeological record and forensic contexts. In: Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, Bioarchaeology and Human Osteology section. Springer. (In Press)
- Lewis, M. (2013) Sticks and stones : the nature, prevalence and significance of trauma in the child. In: Smith, M. and Knusel, C. (eds.) Traumatised Bodies: an osteological history of conflict from 8000 BC to the present. Wiley-Liss. (In Press)
- Lewis, M.E. (2012) Thalassaemia: its diagnosis and interpretation in past skeletal populations. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 22 (6). pp. 685-693. ISSN 1099-1212 doi: 10.1002/oa.1229
- Lewis, M. E. (2011) Tuberculosis in the non-adults from Romano-British Poundbury Camp, Dorset, England. International Journal of Paleopathology, 1 (1). pp. 12-23. ISSN 1879-9817 doi: 10.1016/j.ijpp.2011.02.002
- Falys, C. G. and Lewis, M. E. (2011) Proposing a way forward: a review of standardisation in the use of age categories and ageing techniques in osteological analysis (2004 to 2009). International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 21 (6). pp. 704-716. ISSN 1099-1212 doi: 10.1002/oa.1179
- Lewis, M. (2011) The human remains. In: Fulford, M. and Clarke, A. (eds.) Silchester: city in transition. The mid-Roman occupation of Insula IX c. A.D. 125-250/300. A report on excavations undertaken since 1997. Britannia Monograph Series (25). Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, pp. 241-243. ISBN 9780907764373
- Lewis, M. (2011) The osteology of infancy and childhood: misconceptions and potential. In: Lally, M. and Moore, A. (eds.) (Re)thinking the little ancesto r: new perspectives on the archaeology of infancy and childhood. BAR International Series (S2271). Archaeopress, Oxford, pp. 1-13. ISBN 9781407308456
- Lewis, M. E. (2010) Life and death in a civitas capital: metabolic disease and trauma in the children from late Roman Dorchester, Dorset. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 142 (3). pp. 405-416. ISSN 0002-9483 doi: DOI:10.1002/ajpa.21239
- Leach, S., Eckardt, H., Chenery, C., Muldner, G. and Lewis, M. (2010) A Lady of York: migration, ethnicity and identity in Roman Britain. Antiquity, 84 (323). pp. 131-145. ISSN 0003-598X
- Chenery, C., Müldner, G. H., Evans, J., Eckardt, H., Leach, S. and Lewis, M. E. (2010) Strontium and stable isotope evidence for diet and mobility in Roman Gloucester, UK. Journal of Archaeological Science, 37 (1). pp. 150-163. ISSN 0305-4403 doi: 10.1016/j.jas.2009.09.025
- Lewis, M. E. and Gowland, R. (2009) Infantile cortical hyperostosis: causes, cases and contradictions. In: Lewis, M. E. and Clegg, M. (eds.) Proceedings of the Ninth Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading. BAR International Series (S1918). Archaeopress, Oxford, pp. 43-51. ISBN 9781407304014
- Leach, S., Lewis, M. E., Chenery, C., Müldner, G. H. and Eckardt, H. (2009) Migration and diversity in Roman Britain: a multidisciplinary approach to immigrants in Roman York, England. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 140 (3). pp. 546-561. ISSN 0002-9483 doi: DOI:10.1002/ajpa.21104
- Lewis, M. E. and Clegg, M., eds. (2009) Proceedings of the Ninth Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading. BAR International Series (S1918). Archaeopress, Oxford, pp135. ISBN 978 1 4073 0401 4
- Barker, C., Cox, M., Flavel, A., Laver, J., Lewis, M. E. and McKinley, J. (2008) Mortuary procedures III – Skeletal analysis 2: Techniques for determining identity. In: Cox, M., Flavel, A., Hanson, I., Laver, J. and Wessling, R. (eds.) The Scientific Investigation of Mass Graves. Towards protocols and standard operating procedures. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 383-462. ISBN 9780521865876
- Lewis, M. E. (2008) The children. In: Magilton, J., Lee, F. and Boylston, A. (eds.) ‘Lepers Outside the Gate’. Excavations at the Cemetery of the Hospital of St James and St Mary Magdalene, Chichester, 1986-87 and 1993. Council for British Archaeology Research Report, pp. 174-186.
- Lewis, M. E. (2008) A traitor's death? The identity of a drawn, hanged and quartered man from Hulton Abbey, Staffordshire. Antiquity, 82 (315). pp. 113-124. ISSN 0003-598X
- Lewis, M. E. (2007) The Bioarchaeology of Children. Current Perspectives in Biological and Forensic Anthropology. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp248. doi: 10.1093/shm/hkm093
- Lewis, M. E. and Gowland, R. (2007) Brief and precarious lives: Infant mortality in contrasting sites from medieval and post-medieval England (AD 850-1859). American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 134 (1). pp. 117-129. ISSN 0002-9483 doi: 10.1002/ajpa.20643
- Lewis, M. E. and Flavel, A. (2006) Age assessment of child skeletal remains in forensic contexts. In: Schmitt, A., Cunha, E. and Pinheiro, J. (eds.) Forensic Anthropology and Medicine: complementary sciences from recovery to cause of death. Humana Press Inc, Totowa, pp. 243-258.
- Bennike, P., Lewis, M. E., Schutkowski, H. and Valentin, F. (2005) Comparison of child morbidity in two contrasting medieval cemeteries from Denmark. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 128 (4). pp. 734-746. ISSN 0002-9483 doi: 10.1002/ajpa.20233
- Lewis, M. E. (2004) Endocranial lesions: their distribution and aetiology. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 14 (2). pp. 82-97. ISSN 1047-482X doi: 10.1002/oa.713
Lewis, M.E. and Rutty, G. (2003) Endangered Children: the personal identification of children in forensic anthropology. Science and Justice 43(4): 201-209
Lewis, M.E. (2002) The impact of industrialisation: comparative study of child health in four sites from medieval and post-medieval England (850-1859). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 119(3): 211-223.
Lewis, M.E. and Roberts C.A. (1997) Growing pains: the interpretation of stress indicators. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 7: 581-586
Lewis, M.E. and Roberts C.A. (1996) A comparative study of the prevalence of maxillary sinusitis in medieval urban and rural populations in Northern England. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 98(4): 497-506.
Lewis, M.E., Roberts C.A. and Manchester, K. (1995) Inflammatory bone changes in the leprous skeletons from the medieval hospital of St. James and St. Mary Magdalene. International Journal of Leprosy Vol. 63(1): 77-85.
- BA (Leicester), MSc, PhD (Bradford)