Christopher Aris


Department of Archaeology

Teaching Associate in Anatomy and Osteology

Co-Course Director – MSc Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology

Chris Aris

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Christopher Aris
Department of Archaeology
Ella Armitage Building
40 Leavygreave Road
S3 7RD

I am a trained osteologist and biological anthropologist with a BSc in Biological Anthropology (University of Kent) and an MSc in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology (University of Sheffield). I am also a current PhD candidate in Biological Anthropology awaiting my viva examination having submitted my thesis in July 2020.

Within and between my degree studies I have worked as a lab demonstrator, teaching assistant and assistant lecturer, on modules spanning current issues in human evolution to forensic methods of identification.

  • BSc (Hons) Biological Anthropology
  • MSc Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology
  • PhD Anthropology (thesis submitted awaiting viva)
Research interests
  • Osteology and dental anthropology (macro- and micro-)
  • Dental histology
  • Dental and osteological sexual dimorphism
  • Human dental development and morphology
  • Enamel thickness and growth rates
  • Roman to modern day transition
  • Ethics in anthropology


I am interested in supervising MSc student dissertations focussing on osteology, dental development and morphology or dental histology.

Teaching activities


  • Human Anatomy (coordinator)
  • Human Osteology (coordinator)
  • Osteoarchaeological Assemblage Analysis (coordinator)


  • Forensic Anatomy
Professional activities
  • Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute
  • Peer reviewer for the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Dental Anthropology Journal, and the Journal of Archaeological Science
  • Member of the Skeletal Biology Research Centre

Public Engagement

Invited Talks

  • Lingfield College – From GSCEs to PhD: Postgraduate Study and Career Paths in Bioarchaeology
  • University of Kent – Dental growth and tooth categories
  • University of Kent – Temporal variation in enamel growth rates and thickness in British populations
  • Lingfield College – The Truth Behind the Bones: Careers in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology
  • Lingfield College – My Journey into the Grave: Osteology and Human Identification
  • St John Fisher School – Digging up the Dead: Insights into Forensic Anthropology and Bioarchaeology

Podcast Appearances

  • AnthroBiology Podcast – The student experience in anthropology
  • The Arch and Anth Podcast Seminar – How can post graduates take care of their studies and mental health?
  • The Arch and Anth Podcast – How has human tooth enamel evolved over the last 2,000 years of British history?

Journal Articles

Published Abstracts

  • Mahoney, P. Pitfield, R. McFarlane, G. Loch, C. White, S. Sabel, N. Skinner, M. Bayle, P. Le Luyer, M. Floyd, B. Aris, C. Deter, A. Guatelli-Steinberg, D. (2020) Deciduous enamel growth rates in modern and ancient children. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. In press.
  • Aris, C. Mahoney, P. O’Hara, C. M. Deter, C. (2020). Inter-population differences in enamel secretion rates: a comparison between modern and ancient populations. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. In press.
  • Aris, C. Mahoney, P. Deter, C. (2018). Evidence for microevolution in enamel growth rates: preliminary results. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 165, 12.

Online Articles