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Samantha Walsh


Analysis of Epipalaeolithic and Early Neolithic human remains within the Eastern Fertile Crescent, including burial practices, health, diet histories, taphonomy, and mobility.

Areas of interest

  • Mortuary behaviour
  • British Prehistory
  • The Neolithic Transition
  • Human palaeopathology
  • Scientific and 3D imaging of human remains.

Sam is a Post Doctoral Research Assistant on the ERC-funded MENTICA project, working on integrated community approaches to the Middle East Neolithic Transition. Working at new sites in Iraq and Iran spanning the Epipalaeolithic to the Early Neolithic, Sam is responsible for human remains excavation, analysis and research.


Sam completed her thesis on Bronze Age British burials in northern England at the University of Central Lancashire in 2013. Following this she spent time working as a field archaeologist, working on large infrastructure projects across the north of England. She also spent time as human osteologist for the Central Zagros Archaeological Project from 2014 to 2017.

Sam completed an Early Career Gerald Averay Wainwright Postdoctoral Research Fellowship related to her CZAP work, conducting a pilot study using micro-tomographic imaging on juvenile human remains from Bestansur, at the University of Oxford in 2017.

Academic qualifications

  • BSc, University of Central Lancashire
  • MSc, University of Bradford
  • PhD, University of Central Lancashire.

Selected publications

  • Walsh, S. and Matthews, R. 2018. Articulating the disarticulated: human remains from the Early Neolithic of the eastern Fertile Crescent. In, P.Bickle and E.Sibbeson (eds) Neolithic Bodies: Neolithic Studies Group seminar papers 15. Oxford: Oxbow, 60-73
  • Walsh, S. 2015. Green Howe: burial process and identity in Early Bronze Age Yorkshire. Prehistoric Yorkshire, 52
  • Walsh, S. 2014. Appendix 2: Analysis of the cremated human bone from Monument B, in M. Reid (ed) Once a Sacred and Secluded Place: Early Bronze Age Monuments at Church Lawton, near Alsager, Cheshire. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 80, 237-277.
  • Walsh, S. 2014. Is it possible to access identity from the osteoarchaeological record? Hindlow: a Bronze Age case study, in R.Crozier, V.Ginn and R.Enlander (eds) Exploring prehistoric identity in Europe: our construct or theirs? Oxford: Oxbow Books
  • Walsh, S., Melton, N. and Knüsel, C. 2012. A re-appraisal of the early Neolithic human remains excavated at Sumburgh, Shetland in 1977. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.