Dr Elizabeth Craig-AtkinsElizabeth Craig-Atkins

On Research Leave (Semester 1, 2016/17)

Senior Lecturer in Human Osteology

Programme Director of the MSc Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology (semester 2)

Chair, Archaeology Equality and Diversity Committee (semester 2)

External Engagement Officer (semester 2)

BA (hons.) Archaeology; MSc Human Osteology and Palaeopathology; PhD

Email address: e.craig-atkins@sheffield.ac.uk

Telephone: 0114 222 2906

Department address:

Department of Archaeology

Northgate House

West Street

Sheffield S1 4ET

Profile

Biography

I trained as an archaeologist at Durham University from 2002-5, moving on to specialise in human skeletal analysis at Masters level at the University of Bradford. Following the completion of my doctorate “Burial Practices in Northern England c. A.D. 650-850: A Bio-Cultural Approach” at Sheffield in 2010, I taught Human Osteology in the Department of Archaeology during 2010-11. I was Demonstrator in Anthropology at Bournemouth University from 2011-13, where I taught skeletal analysis and managed their human remains collections. I returned to Sheffield in March 2013 as Lecturer in Human Osteology.

Professional Roles

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Treasurer, British Association for Biological Anthropologists and Osteoarchaeologists

Council Member, Society of Medieval Archaeology

Medical Humanities Sheffield Advisory Board member

Research

Research interests

I am a specialist in human osteology and palaeopathology with particular interests in multidisciplinary approaches to questions surrounding past population structures, health, disease and lifestyle. I have worked with human remains from many periods and locations, but have primarily focussed on material from post-Roman to modern periods in the UK. My current main areas of research include:

Multidisciplinary analysis of osteological and funerary data from early medieval to post-medieval contexts

The character and provision of funerary practices in early Christian and medieval England

Health status and social status in past populations

Disease, disability and disfigurement in the past (including social attitudes to sickness and medical/surgical interventions)

The archaeology of childhood

Current research projects / collaborations

The archaeology of medieval childhood

Eaves-drip burial and the differential treatment of infants in early Christian contexts

Exploration of isotopic evidence for weaning and childhood identity in Anglo-Saxon England, in collaboration with various colleagues including Julia Beaumont, University of Bradford. Funded by the University of Sheffield Early Career Researcher Scheme.

Medieval funerary practice.

The Rothwell Charnel Chapel Project

Multidisciplinary analysis of the medieval crypt and ossuary at Rothwell, Northants. (in collaboration with Jenny Crangle, University of Sheffield and Revd Canon John Westwood.)

Other projects include the use of domestic chests as burial containers, Anglo-Norman funerary rites, the control and management of Christian funerary rites

Osteological projects

The Material Body: An Interdisciplinary Study Using History and Archaeology, in collaboration with Karen Harvey, Sheffield. Funded by the British Academy.


Current Research Opportunities

Publications

Selected publications

Craig-Atkins, E. Forthcoming 2016. Seeking ‘Norman Burials’, evidence for continuity and change in funerary practice following the Norman Conquest. In Dyer, C. and Hadley, D. M. The Norman Conquest: transformations and continuities. Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series.

Craig-Atkins E. 2014. Eavesdropping on short lives: Eaves-drip burial and the differential treatment of children one year of age and under in early Christian cemeteries. In Hadley, D.M. and Hemer, K.A. (eds). Medieval childhood: archaeological approaches. SSCIP Monograph 3. Oxbow: 95-113.

Haydock, H., Clarke, L., Craig-Atkins, E. Howcroft, H. and Buckberry, J. 2013. Weaning in later Anglo-Saxon England – a comparison of stable isotopes and documentary evidence. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 151(4): 604-612.

Craig, E. and Craig, G. 2013. The diagnosis and context of a facial deformity from an Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Spofforth, North Yorkshire. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. 23(6): 631–39.

Craig-Atkins E. 2012. Chest burial: a middle Anglo-Saxon funerary rite from Northern England. Oxford Journal of Archaeology:31:3 317-37.

Copack, G., Trimble, D., Boyle, A. and Craig, E. 2011. Spittlegate: the medieval hospital. In Start, D. and Stocker, D. The making of medieval Grantham. Heckington, Heritage Lincolnshire: 109-36.

Craig, E. and Buckberry, J. 2010. Investigating social status using evidence of biological status: a case study from Raunds Furnells. In Buckberry, J. and Cherryson, A. Burial in Later Anglo-Saxon England, c.650-1100AD. Oxford: Oxbow: 128-42.

Selected osteological reports for the commercial sector

Craig, E. 2011. Osteological assessment of the human skeletal remains from Langton Herring, Dorset. Report for Bournemouth University.

Craig, E. 2009. Recent excavations at Repton: an osteological report. Report for Pre- Construct Archaeology.

Craig, E. 2008. Village Farm, Spofforth osteological report. Report for Northern Archaeological Associates.

I have also authored several reports on human remains for police forces in the capacity of forensic anthropology advisor.

Full Publications

Articles
  • Craig-Atkins E. In press. Eavesdropping on short lives: Eaves-drip burial and the differential treatment of children one year of age and under in early Christian cemeteries. In Hadley, D.M. and Hemer, K.A. (eds). Medieval childhood: archaeological approaches. SSCIP Monograph 3. Oxbow.
  • Haydock, H., Clarke, L., Craig-Atkins, E. Howcroft, H. and Buckberry, J. 2013. Weaning in later Anglo-Saxon England – a comparison of stable isotopes and documentary evidence. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 151(4): 604-612.
  • Craig, E. and Craig, G. Forthcoming. The diagnosis and context of a facial deformity from an Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Spofforth, North Yorkshire. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. (online early view available).
  • Craig-Atkins E. 2012. Chest burial: a middle Anglo-Saxon funerary rite from Northern England. Oxford Journal of Archaeology:31:3 317-37.
  • Copack, G., Trimble, D., Boyle, A. and Craig, E. 2011. Spittlegate: the medieval hospital. In Start, D. and Stocker, D. The making of medieval Grantham. Heckington, Heritage Lincolnshire: 109-36.
  • Craig, E. and Buckberry, J. 2010. Investigating social status using evidence of biological status: a case study from Raunds Furnells. In Buckberry, J. and Cherryson, A. Burial in Later Anglo-Saxon England, c.650-1100AD. Oxford: Oxbow: 128-42.
  • Craig, E. 2009. The investigation of social identity in later Anglo-Saxon cemeteries: the application of bio-cultural analysis. Church Archaeology Vol. 10.
Archaeological reports
  • Craig, E. 2008. Village Farm, Spofforth osteological report. Report for Northern Archaeological Associates. Available at NAA, to be archived at North Yorkshire HER.
  • Craig, E. 2009. Recent excavations at Repton: an osteological report. Report for Pre-Construct Archaeology.
  • Craig, E. 2011. Osteological assessment of the human skeletal remains from Langton Herring, Dorset. Report for Bournemouth University.
  • Craig, E. 2011. Human Remains Recovered from Studland Scout Camp 2011. Report for Bournemouth University.
  • Craig-Atkins, E. 2011. Human Remains Recovered from St Aldhem’s Quarry 2011. Report for Bournemouth University.

Conferences

Recent conference presentations

Craig-Atkins, E., Beaumont, J. and Towers, J. The influence of weaning status on childhood identities: preliminary findings from an incremental isotope study of early medieval infants. Little Lives conference, Durham, Jan 2016.

Beaumont, J., Buckberry, J., Montgomery, J., Haydock, H. and Craig-Atkins-E. 2015. Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings… A comparison of aging age using bone collagen and incremental dentine collagen from Raunds Furnells. British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteology conference, Sheffield, Sep 2015; and the American Association for Physical Anthropology Conference, Atlanta, USA, April 2016.

Craig-Atkins, E. New insights into the control and management of Christian burial in England: A Case Study of ‘Eaves-Drip’ Burial. EAA conference, Glasgow, September 2015.

Craig-Atkins, E. Seeking ‘Norman Burials’: evidence for continuity and change in funerary practice following the Norman Conquest. Transformations and Continuities in the Eleventh Century: Archaeology of the Norman Conquest. Society for Medieval Archaeology Conference, Nottingham, Sep 2013.

Craig-Atkins, E. Eavesdropping on the dead eaves-drip burial and the zoning of women’s and children’s graves in cemeteries c. A.D. 650-1200. British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteology conference, Bournemouth, Sep 2012; and the International Medieval Congress, Leeds, July 2013.

Teaching

Undergraduate:

  • From Storage to Stonehenge
  • Towards Modernity
  • Science in Archaeology
  • Catastrophe and Climate Change
  • The Age of the Vikings
  • The Archaeology of the Later Medieval Church in England

Postgraduate:

Administrative Duties

Administrative Duties

External Engagement (Spring Semester 2016-17)

Postgraduate Teaching Course Director Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology (Spring Semester 2016-17)