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Department of Archaeology

 

Biography

I am an archaeologist with a background in osteology, currently researching for my PhD in Biological Anthropology. 

I gained my BA in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Manchester, and an MSc in Skeletal and Dental Bioarchaeology from University College London. During my undergraduate I developed an interest in prehistory, furthering this in my MSc I pursued topics in human evolution, in particular evolutionary morphology. For my dissertation I investigated hominin classification through tooth measurements. 

Following this I worked professionally as a commercial field archaeologist, later moving into post-excavation. During this time, I set up a laboratory for skeletal analysis and reports. I have been fortunate to excavate at significant British burial sites such as the Ardnamurchan Viking Boat Burial and the Iron Age cemetery at Pocklington. I am particularly interested in issues surrounding the display of human remains and public engagement, which I have pursued in the Museum sector and fieldwork outreach. 

Research

My doctoral research investigates ochre use in burial practices, in order to better understand the evolving uses for ochre during prehistory and ochre-to-bone taphonomy. I use a combination of skeletal analysis, using new methodological approaches of recording, and experimental archaeology.

 

The first part of my work investigates ochre staining on human remains from Khok Phanom Di, a Neolithic site in Thailand. The work uses a new method for mapping and recording bone staining, along with osteological analysis to test questions on changing patterns of ochre related funerary practices over a ~500-year period. 

 

The second part of my research is experimental. I have designed and conducted taphonomic experiments that compare ochre-to-bone staining through decomposition, comparing differential material application.

Publications

Other publications: 

Professional skeletal reports:

Paris, S., & Hunter, K (2015). Burton Fleming Osteological Analysis. Malton: MAP Archaeological Practice Ltd.

Paris, S., Burn, Z., Wells, O., & Ferrero, L. (2015). 27 Wood Street Osteological Analysis. Malton: MAP Archaeological Practice Ltd.

Teaching and Supervisions

Teaching: 

University of Cambridge

Part 1A Geographical Skills and Methods

Part 1B Biogeography

Introduction to Human Anatomy, Sutton Trust Summer School for Archaeology and Biological Anthropology;

Introduction to Archaeology, Kaleidoscope Outreach

Anglia Ruskin University

Forensic Anthropology

 

Research supervision: 

Supervisor: Professor Robert Foley

Job Titles

PhD Student in Biological Anthropology

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Osteoarchaeology
Paleoanthropology
Cultural Evolution

Contact Details

2.10 Henry Wellcome Building
Fitzwilliam Street
Cambridge
CB2 1QH
St Catharine's College

Affiliations

Person keywords: 
Ochre
Burial Practices
Experimental Archaeology
Subjects: 
Biological Anthropology
Geographical areas: 
Southeast Asia
Periods of interest: 
Other Prehistory
Palaeolithic/Mesolithic