Dr Petra Verlinden

Demonstrator in Human Osteology

BA and MA in Archaeology, MSc in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology, PhD in Archaeology

E-mail address: p.verlinden@sheffield.ac.uk

Telephone: 0114 222 2906

Department address:

Department of Archaeology,
Northgate House,
West Street,
S1 4ET



I initially trained as an archaeologist with a focus on Egyptology at the University of Leuven, Belgium. After completing my MSc in human osteology from the University of Sheffield, I pursued a PhD at the University of Reading which I completed in 2015 (Child’s play: A new methodology for the identification of trauma in non-adult skeletal remains). While working on my doctorate, I also taught at undergraduate level on topics such as funerary archaeology and bioarchaeology.

In my role as project officer I am curating the Coronation Street skeletal collection (St. Hilda’s church) from South Shields, Newcastle, as well as promoting further research based on the collection. In my role as demonstrator in human osteology I support teaching and manage the skeletal collections held at the Department of Archaeology.


Research Interests

During my previous work I have focused on the bioarchaeology of children and have gained an interest in expanding our palaeopathological knowledge through the use of clinical imaging techniques. My current interests also include:

  • The Bioarchaeology of Disability
  • Activity-related pathology
  • Social aspects of trauma (treatment, complications, rehabilitation)
  • Funerary Archaeology



Verlinden, P. (2016) Book review: 'Tracing Childhood. Bioarchaeological Investigations of Early Lives in Antiquity, by Jennifer L. Thompson, Marta P. Alfonso-Durruty and John J. Crandall (eds.), 2014. Gainesville: University Press of Florida; ISBN 978-0-8130-4983-0, hardback. xii+270 pp., 23 figures, 22 tables.' Cambridge Archaeological Journal 26 (1): 185-187.

Verlinden, P. (2015) ‘Tombs for the tombless’. A study of children and burial space in the Dakhla oasis. In: Kousoulis, P. and Lazaridis, N. (eds.) Proceedings of the Xth International Congress of Egyptologists, Rhodes, 22-29 May 2008. Peeters Publishers: Leuven: 487-500.

Verlinden, P. and Lewis, M. E. (2015) Childhood trauma: methods for the identification of physeal fractures in nonadult skeletal remains. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 157: 411-420.

Unpublished Research

Verlinden, P. (2015) Child's Play? A new methodology for the identification of trauma in non-adult skeletal remains. Doctoral thesis, University of Reading.
Verlinden, P. (2010) The metric solution? Assessing sexual dimorphism from the sub-adult skeleton using postcranial measurements. MSc dissertation, University of Sheffield.
Verlinden, P. (2008) Child burials in the Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediary Period. MA thesis, University of Leuven.