Dr Sonia Zakrzewski
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Dr Sonia Zakrzewski is an Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Southampton.
I am a bioarchaeologist, focusing on human skeletons. My interests are in biological anthropology, race, human diversity and variability, and the study of the human body to understand aspects of migration and mobility, diet, identity, religious practice and social organisation in past populations.
I joined the department from Durham, where I was briefly an Addison Wheeler Research Fellow. My work there focused upon human dispersals through Egypt and across the Sahara Desert. More recently, I have been interested in the interplay between funerary archaeology, the mortuary record and aspects of bodily identity. This research has concentrated on Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt groups and, more recently, on medieval burial grounds (both Christian and Muslim). Together with my graduate students, I have become interested in the bioarchaeology of religion and the activities associated with religious practice. This has implications for palaeopathology and studies of disease, and, within the skeletal collections here at Southampton, we have one of the earliest documented cases of leprosy in the UK.
I am a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. I am on the organising board of the Society for the Study of Human Biology (SSHB), and, for several years, was a committee member for the British Association for Biological Anthropology & Osteoarchaeology (BABAO). Internationally, I am the Vice-President of the Paleopathology Association (PPA).
I am also the academic lead and director for Lifelong and Leisure Learning across the University of Southampton.