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Lily Garnett

Areas of interest

  • Palaeopathology
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Museum Collections

Research projects

Blood lines: a social, palaeopathological and biomolecular examination of the impact of thalassaemia in Romano-British Poundbury Camp, Dorset

Poundbury Camp cemetery in Dorset represents the largest collection of individuals living and dying under Roman rule excavated in the UK, with c.1200 individuals cared for in the collection at the Natural History Museum. This project will focus on the reanalysis of over 650 adult individuals from the site. It aims to explore long term issues of health, migration and power over resources in an invaded population. In addition, this innovative project will be the first to apply ancient DNA (aDNA) analysis to explore the evolution of thalassaemia in Britain, at a time when it is believed to have first arrived on these shores.

This project is a collaboration between the University of Reading and the Natural History Museum, London.


Professor Mary Lewis (University of Reading)

Dr Selina Brace (Natural History Museum)

Dr Rachel Ives (Natural History Museum)

Professor Hella Eckardt (University of Reading)


I hold a BA in Archaeology and Ancient History and an MA in Museum Studies from Newcastle University. My MA dissertation investigated the guidance for the care of human remains in museums, libraries and archaeological archives in Northern Ireland. I also have an MSc in Professional Human Osteoarchaeology from the University of Reading. My MSc dissertation focused on identifying Paget’s disease in a cemetery population from Redhill, Surrey. I went on to publish this research in the International Journal of Paleopathology




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