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Ceri Falys

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  • Module convenor for Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology of Death (Year 1), Biological Anthropology (Year 3), and Musculo-Skeletal Anatomy (MSc).
  • Contributes to the teaching of Bioarchaeology (Year 2) and In at the Deep End (MSc).
  • Manager of the Human Osteology Lab.

    Areas of interest

    • Skeletal manifestations of advanced age (46+ years), and sexual dimorphism of the human skeleton.
    • The life course and social treatment of the elderly in archaeological contexts.
    • Mass graves and skeletal evidence for inter-personal violence.


    Ceri is a bioarchaeologist, who has worked as a professional osteoarchaeologist for a UK commercial archaeology company for over 15 years. Her main interests are osteological ageing and sexing methods, especially in "the elderly". She has published in journals such as American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Journal of Forensic Sciences and International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.

    Ceri is also the secretary of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) Human Osteoarchaeology Special Interest Group, and has appeared on BBC's Digging for Britain.

    Professional bodies/affiliations

    • British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO)
    • American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA)
    • Chartered Institute for Field Archaeologists (MCIfA status).

    Selected publications

    Lewins, L., and Falys, C. (2019) Further Burials in the Guildown Saxon Cemetery at Guildford, Surrey. TVAS Occasional Paper 31. TVAS Press, Reading. ISBN 978-1-911228-32-5.

    Mühlemann, B., Margaryan, A., de Barros Damgaard, P., Allentoft, M.E., Vinner, L., Hansen, A.J., Weber, A., Bazaliiskii, V.I., Molak, M., Arneborg, J., Bogdanowicz, W., Falys, C., Sablin, M., Smrčka, V., Sten, S., Tashbaeva, K., Lynnerup, N., Sikora, M., Smith, D.J., Fouchier, R.A.M., Drosten, C., Sjögren, K.G., Kristiansen, K., Willerslev, E., and Jones, T.C. (2018) Ancient human parvovirus B19 in Eurasia reveals its long-term association with humans, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)115 (29). pp. 7557-7562. doi: Read article

    Dawson, T., Falys, C., Mundin, A., Pine, J., and Platt, D. (2017) The Southern Cemetery of Roman Dorchester-on-Thames. TVAS Monograph 29. TVAS Press, Reading. ISBN978-1-911228-24-0.

    Falys, C. (2017) Human Bone. In: Platt, D. Roman Enclosure and Early Anglo-Saxon Occupation at Top Road, Kempsford, Gloucestershire. TVAS Monograph 28. TVAS Press, Reading. ISBN 978-1-911228-21-9.

    Ford, S.S. and Falys, C. (2017) Storey’s Meadow, Marland Lane, West Meon, Hampshire. TVAS Monograph 27, TVAS Press, Reading. ISBN 978-1-911228-13-4

    Falys, C. (2015) Human Bone. In: Ford, S.S. Taylor, A., and Weale, A. (2015) Land at North Bersted, Bognor Regis, West Sussex. TVAS Monograph 19. TVAS Press, Reading. ISBN 978-0-9926330-2-8.

    Falys, C. (2015) Human Bone. In: Wallis, S. and Ford, S.S. Former Queen Elizabeth House (Kendrew Quadrangle), St Johns College, Blackhall Road, Oxford. TVAS Monograph 17. TVAS Press, Reading. ISBN 978-0-9561974-5-0.

    Falys, C.G. and Prangle, D. (2015) Estimating Age of Mature Adults using Degeneration of the Sternal End of the Clavicle. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 156: 203-214. doi: Read article

    Lewis, J., Falys, C., and Preston, S. (2014) A middle Anglo-Saxon cemetery and medieval occupation at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Bicester. Oxoniensia 79. pp. 147-172. ISSN 0308–5562

    Pollard, A.M., Ditchfield, P., Piva, E., Wallis, S., Falys, C., and Ford, S. (2012) ‘Sprouting like cockle amongst the wheat’: the St Brice's Day Massacre and the isotopic analysis of human bones from St John's College, Oxford. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 31. pp. 83-102. doi: Read article

    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. pp. 704-716. ISSN: 1099-1212. doi: Read article

    Falys, C.G., Schutkowski, H., and Weston, D.A. (2006) Auricular surface ageing: Worse than expected? A test of the revised method on a documented historic skeletal assemblage. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 130. pp. 508-513. doi: Read article

    Falys, C.G., Schutkowski, H., and Weston, D.A. (2005) The distal humerus – a blind test of Rogers’ sexing technique using a documented skeletal collection. Journal of Forensic Science, 50 (6). pp. 1289-1293. ISSN: 0022-1198 doi: Read article