Staff Profile:Dr Mary Lewis

Name:
Dr Mary Lewis
Job Title:
Associate Professor
Responsibilities:
  • Director of Taught Postgraduate Programmes (SAGES)
Areas of Interest:
  • Child Paleopathology
  • Child growth and development
  • Osteology of the life course
  • Adolescence and puberty
  • Medieval and Roman Child Health

Postgraduate supervision

I am 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 and see funding opportunities here.

Research Students

Mary has supervised students on a variety of topics in bioarchaeology (forensic anthropology, adult ageing and the life course, urbanisation and health, Roman transitions) and her current students are exploring: upper respiratory disease in Iceland (Collins, US); child identification in Colombia (Arnett, US, Joint with Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá), the life course of women in Roman Britain (McGovern, US), post-medieval adolescent growth and development (Valme, US), and cremation practices in iron age to Roman transition (Carroll, AHRC SWW DTP)

Previous Graduates include:

  • Anna Rohnbogner (AHRC Studentship, with Dr Eckardt) "Dying young: a palaeopathological analysis of child health in Roman Britain" Graduated 2015
  • Petra Verlinden (Leverhulme Trust Studentship) "Child's Play? A new methodology for the identification of trauma in non-adult skeletal remains." Graduated 2015
  • Rebecca Watts (AHRC Studentship) "Childhood development and adult longevity in archaeological populations from medieval and post-Medieval England (AD 950-1855)." Graduated 2014
  • Margaret Andrews (with Dr Gabor Thomas) "The palaeopathology of the Romano-British to early Medieval Transition in Southern Britain." Graduated 2014
  • Ceri Falys (overseas, AHRC Studentship) "Extending the Life Course: developing new methods for identifying the elderly in the archaeological record." Graduated 2012
  • Justine Tracey (with Prof. Richard Bradley) "Cultural behaviour or Natural Processes? A review of Southern Britain Iron Age Skeletal Remains." Graduated 2011
  • Maria Jelaca-Tavakoli (overseas) "A forensic approach to estimation of stature from dimensions of the skeletonised lumbar and sacral spine." Graduated 2008
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Key Facts

Dr Mary Lewis teaches the method and theory behind the study of human skeletal remains, osteological techniques and palaeopathology at undergraduate and Master's level. Mary's research primarily aims to enhance our knowledge of diseases in children from archaeological contexts (palaeopathology). This includes devising new diagnostic criteria (e.g. endocranial lesions, thalassaemia, TB etc.) and exploring social questions such as the impact or urbanisation, work and migration on child health.

Her recent work has focussed on child health in Roman Britain, stemming from an AHRC-funded Roman Diaspora Project (2007-9), and the health and movement of medieval apprentices (Leverhulme Trust, 2012-4), both previously neglected subjects in bioarchaeology. Second, her work and that of her research students has broadened osteological techniques used to explore aspects of the life course (infancy, childhood, adolescence and old age), including the development of a new method to identify the stages of puberty in skeletal remains.

Mary is Associate Editor for the AJPA and IJPP and sits on the Editorial Board for IJO. She is currently working on a single-authored book entitled: Identification of Pathological Conditions in Child Human Skeletal Remains (Academic Press, 2016).

A video based on Mary's 'medieval adolescent' research has been created and can be viewed here. Click to follow the story of William Westoby, a 14-year-old apprentice in the city of York.

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Earlier Publications

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.

Qualifications:
BA (Leicester), MSc, PhD (Bradford)

 

 

Mary

Contact Details

Email:
m.e.lewis@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 8927

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