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Dr Simon Mays 

Visiting Lecturer

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Dr Simon Mays is a Visiting Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Southampton.

I am currently Human Skeletal Biologist for English Heritage, based in Portsmouth. For my PhD thesis (Southampton, 1987) I studied social organisation and social change in the Early and Middle Bronze Age of Central Europe.  I sit on the Advisory Panel on the Archaeology of Burials in England, which I co-founded.  I am also currently on the managing committee of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology and a committee member of the Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past. I am a casual lecturer at the Department of Archaeology, University of Edinburgh, Book reviews editor for the International Journal for the Study of Childhood in the Past, and Associate Editor, American Journal of Physical Anthropology.





Research interests

My research covers all aspects of human osteoarchaeology.  Current work includes study of DNA of Roman infants, cannibalism among 19th century remains from the Arctic, and the history of metabolic bone disease, particularly osteoporosis, scurvy and vitamin D deficiency.

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  • Changes in hip geometry from medieval to modern times - Chumley, A., Petley, G., Edwards, C.J., Taylor, P., Mays, S., Sofaer Derevenski, J., Mahon, P., Cooper, C. and Arden, N.K.
    26th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, Seattle, USA
    1 - 5 Oct 2004
Dr Simon Mays
Faculty of Humanities, University of Southampton
Avenue Campus, Highfield
SO17 1BF
United Kingdom


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