Simon Mays

Primary position:
Visiting Lecturer


The University of Southampton
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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.


The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)


Inskip, Sarah A., Taylor, G. Michael, Zakrzewski, Sonia R., Mays, S., Pike, Alistair W.G., Llewellyn, Gareth, Williams, Christopher M., Lee, Oona Y.-C., Wu, Houdini H.T., Minnikin, David E., Besra, Gurdyal S. and Stewart, Graham R. (2015) Osteological, Biomolecular and Geochemical Examination of an Early Anglo-Saxon Case of Lepromatous Leprosy. PLoS ONE, 10, (5), 1-128. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0124282).
Hassan, A., Brown, K., Eyers, J., Brown, T. and Mays, S. (2014) Ancient DNA study of the remains of putative infanticide victims from the Yewden Roman villa site at Hambleden, England. Journal of Archaeological Science, 43, 192-197. (doi:10.1016/j.jas.2013.12.017).
Mays, S., Mavrogordato, M., Lambert, J. and Sofaer, J. (2012) The prevalence and health implications of concha bullosa in a population from mediaeval England. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology (doi:10.1002/oa.2246).

Conference or Workshop Item

Chumley, A., Petley, G., Edwards, C.J., Taylor, P., Mays, S., Sofaer Derevenski, J., Mahon, P., Cooper, C. and Arden, N.K. (2004) Changes in hip geometry from medieval to modern times. At 26th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, Seattle, USA, 01 - 05 Oct 2004.


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.

Primary research group:  Osteo-archaeology


Dr Simon Mays
Faculty of Humanities University of Southampton Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BF United Kingdom