Valasia Strati

BSc, MSc

Department of Archaeology

PhD Student in Human Osteology and Paleopathology

Profile
  • Present: Biological Anthropology Demonstrator/Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Sheffield - Department of Archaeology, United Kingdom.
  • July 2014: Archaeologist, Thornton Abbey Excavation Project (Habrough), University of Sheffield - Department of Archaeology, United Kingdom.
  • 2009 - 2010: Field School Teacher and Supervisor, Excavation of Necropolis of Ancient Kymissala in Rhodes, Archaeological Services of Rhodes and University of the Aegean, Greece.
  • 2009 – 2010: Research Assistant, Ancient Kymissala Research Project, University of the Aegean, Greece.
  • 2006 – 2009: Archaeologist, Excavation of Necropolis of Ancient Kymissala in Rhodes, Archaeological Services of Rhodes and University of the Aegean, Greece.
  • 2008: Archaeologist and Site Supervisor, Excavation of the Mesolithic Settlements of Kerame and Nymphi in Ikaria, University of the Aegean, Greece.
  • 2007 – 2008: Archaeologist, Excavation of the Prehistoric Cave of Sarakinos in Theva (Boeotia), University of the Aegean, Greece.
Qualifications
  • Complementary Qualification in Paleopathology, University of Bradford
  • MSC In Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology, University of Sheffield
    • Thesis title: Kyphosis in Paleopathology: Quantifying the Degree of Kyphosis in Human Skeletal Remains through Alternative Methods.
  • BSc (Ptychion) In Mediterranean Archaeological Sciences, University of the Aegean
    • Thesis title: Knight’s Rule in Rhodes and the Dodecanesa.
Research interests

The research area, in which my interest lies, is Biological Anthropology but most specifically Human Osteology and Paleopathology.

Particularly, I am currently focused on the effects of Industrial Revolution on the demographic profile and health and disease pattern, of urban working classes and also on the comparison of the same pattern among rural/urban populations of the same period.


Thesis: The effects of Industrialization on the state of health and disease of a Victorian Urban Population: A case study from St. Hilda’s Church, South Shields (Newcastle).

The Rapid Urbanization of the Industrial Revolution in 18th-19th century England presented new health and disease challenges.

As relatively little work has been done in the study of skeletal remains from this era, due to the paucity of skeletal collections, my research seeks to determine the effects of Industrialization on the demographic and health and disease pattern of Victorian populations from different socioeconomic classes.

This research is focused on the skeletal assemblage recovered from the 19th-century burial ground of St. Hilda’s Church South Shield. Based on the associated artifacts and burial registers it is suggested that the individuals were of Victorian working-classes.

The results of my case study are going to be compared with a number of broadly contemporary skeletal assemblages, similar archaeological publications and documentary accounts of the health of the working-class during the earlier decades of the 19th-century in order to contextualize the osteological result, characterize the population in study and define if St. Hilda’s follows the general pathological and demographic profile of this period.

This comparison aims also to provide a generalized health and disease picture of urban populations, in order to compile a virtual map with as many as possible studied cases from industrialized towns of similar background.

Furthermore, this map would include the demographic and health and disease features of each population in order of comparing the effects of specific types of labor on populations.

Research group

Supervisors:

  • Dr Pia Nystrom (first)
  • Professor Dawn Hadley
Professional activities

Conference organisation

  • May 2008: Member of the Organising committee of the Tenth International Congress of Egyptologists, organized by the University of the Aegean in cooperation with International Association of Egyptologists and the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt. Rhodes, 22 – 29 May, 2008.
  • April 2008: Member of the Organising committee of the Congress on Eros in Antiquity-An Interdisciplinary Approach, organised by the University of the Aegean-Department of Mediterranean studies. Rhodes, 4 April, 2008