Bioarchaeology and Osteoarchaeology at Southampton (BOS)
The Bioarchaeology and Osteoarchaeology at Southampton (BOS) research group brings together human osteoarchaeology and zooarchaeology.
The Bioarchaeology and Osteoarchaeology at Southampton (BOS) research group brings together human osteoarchaeology and zooarchaeology, with a particular focus on taking a biocultural approach to the study of bioarchaeology of both human and faunal remains.
Core members of the group include Sonia Zakrzewski, Jaco Weinstock, Jo Sofaer and Alistair Pike, together with Simon Mays (Historic England) and Dale Serjeantson. Together with their graduate students, both PhD students and master's students, the group have specific interests in the skeletal and bodily expression of past human identities, migration, diet, occupation and activity practices, disease (palaeopathology) and disability, and religious practice.
This research sometimes includes isotope analysis, ancient DNA research and the use of micro-CT. We often collaborate with other groups and make use of facilities across the University. The research group also undertakes some contract osteological work (of both faunal and human assemblages).
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As an isotope specialist, much of my research has focused on the Neanderthals, often looking at their diet, their mobility patterns and the dating of their cave art.
My research has focused particularly on using skeletal remains and isotopic studies to look at ethnicity and mobility, but more recently has looked at disability in past populations, often with a focus on Egyptian or Saxon populations.
My research is particularly interested in using zooarchaeological and ancient DNA methods to study megafaunal extinctions. My previous research has looked at cave bears, reindeer and the use of horses by past populations.