Human Osteoarchaeology Special Interest Group

Our AGM is happening soon!

Our Group's AGM is booked for Tuesday 29 September at 1 PM BST, on zoom. We hope you can join us for this event where we will be discussing the success of the past year and plans for the upcoming year. Register here for the AGM:
Did you know we have spaces for more committee members on our group committee? If you would be interested in joining our Group's committee, please have a read of the role description and send in your completed nomination form to Meg at Megan.Keates [at] by 17 September.


Human Osteoarchaeology Special Interest Group represents the interests of professionals who work or have an interest in the area of osteoarchaeology and burial studies. We aim to promote standards and good practice for the excavation, treatment, conservation, analysis and curation of human remains and funerary archaeology from the historic environment.

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Sharon Clough (Chair)
Ceri Falys (Secretary)
Clare Randall (Treasurer)
Isobel Curwen
Kirsten Egging-Dinwiddy
Louise Loe

Specialist competence matrix

This is to assist applicants and the Validation committee to see where you demonstrate the grade applied for when working in Osteology.

Forthcoming events

For information about upcoming events, please visit our event calendar.

Previous events

  • Puberty in the Past Workshop and Human Osteology AGM
    To assess the pubertal stage, seven individual osteological markers have been developed, including the extent of the development of the mandibular canine root and hook of hamate, fusion epiphyses of the hand phalanges, distal radius and humerus, and proximal ulna, the presence and fusion of the iliac crest epiphysis, and the morphology of the cervical vertebral body. A recording form has been developed to summarize the assessment criteria, to ease the application of the techniques. A summary table has also been developed to aid in the estimation of the stage of puberty the individual was experiencing, as well as an indication of the physical changes the body was undergoing at the time of death.

  • Palaeoradiology - A Workshop for Osteoarchaeologists

AGM minutes

Committee meeting minutes

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