Dr Elizabeth Craig-AtkinsElizabeth Craig-Atkins

Senior Lecturer in Human Osteology

Programme Director of the MSc Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology

Chair, Archaeology Equality and Diversity Committee

External Engagement & Impact Officer

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
University of Sheffield
Minalloy House
10 – 16 Regent Street
Sheffield
S1 3NJ
United Kingdom

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

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

Archaeology of the body, especially practices for managing, manipulating and curating human remains

Current research projects / collaborations

The archaeology of childhood

Exploration of isotopic evidence for physiological and dietary status alongside funerary evidence for childhood identity in early medieval England. Funded by The University of Sheffield
Growth, development and health in the immature skeleton, including methods for assigning biological sex. Funded by BABAO

Manipulation and management of the body in funerary practices of the medieval and early modern periods

The Rothwell Charnel Chapel Project: a multidisciplinary analysis of the medieval crypt and ossuary at Rothwell, Northants.
The Material Body: An Interdisciplinary Study Using History and Archaeology, in collaboration with Karen Harvey, Sheffield. Funded by the British Academy
Grave Concerns: The Management and Maintenance of Funerary Spaces c. AD 1700-2000 with Stuart Prior and Helen Frisby, University of Bristol.

Archaeologies of the Norman Conquest

Examination of Anglo-Norman funerary rites and the integration of studies of human skeletal remains into a multidisciplinary archeological narrative of the Conquest throughthe subjects of diet and foodways. Funded by the AHRC https://www.york.ac.uk/archaeology/research/current-projects/norman-archaeology/


Current Research Opportunities

Publications

Selected publications

Beaumont, J., Craig-Atkins, E., Buckberry, J., Haydock, H., Montgomery, J., Horne, P., Howcroft, R., MacKenzie, K. & Montgomery, J. 2018. Comparing apples and oranges: why infant bone collagen may not reflect dietary intake in the same way as dentine collagen. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

Aris, C., Nystrom, P. & Craig-Atkins, E. 2018. A New Multivariate Method for Determining Sex of Immature Human Remains using the Maxillary First Molar. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

Craig-Atkins, E., Towers, J., & Beaumont, J. 2018. The role of infant life histories in the construction of identities in death: An incremental isotope study of dietary and physiological status among children afforded differential burial. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

Craig-Atkins, E. 2017. Commentary: interdisciplinary approaches to the study of disease and deformity in past populations. In Parkinson, E. and Talbot, L. (eds.) In sickness and health: Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of disease and deformity in past populations. Archaeological Review from Cambridge 32(1): 106-111.

Craig-Atkins, E. 2017. Seeking ‘Norman Burials’: evidence for continuity and change in funerary practice following the Norman Conquest. In Dyer, C and Hadley, DM. The Norman Conquest: transformations and continuities. Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series: 139-58.

Shui, W, Maddock, S, Heywood, P, Craig-Atkins, E, Crangle, J, Hadley, D and Scott, R. 2016. Using semi-automatic 3D scene reconstruction to create a digital medieval charnel chapel. EG UK Computer Graphics & Visual Computing (2016), edited by Rita Borgo and Cagatay Turkay.

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

  • Beaumont, J., Craig-Atkins, E., Buckberry, J., Haydock, H., Montgomery, J., Horne, P., Howcroft, R., MacKenzie, K. & Montgomery, J. 2018. Comparing apples and oranges: why infant bone collagen may not reflect dietary intake in the same way as dentine collagen. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
  • Aris, C., Nystrom, P. & Craig-Atkins, E. 2018. A New Multivariate Method for Determining Sex of Immature Human Remains using the Maxillary First Molar. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
  • Craig-Atkins, E., Towers, J., & Beaumont, J. 2018. The role of infant life histories in the construction of identities in death: An incremental isotope study of dietary and physiological status among children afforded differential burial. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
  • Craig-Atkins, E. 2017. Commentary: interdisciplinary approaches to the study of disease and deformity in past populations. In Parkinson, E. and Talbot, L. (eds.) In sickness and health: Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of disease and deformity in past populations. Archaeological Review from Cambridge 32(1): 106-111.
  • Craig-Atkins, E. 2017. Seeking ‘Norman Burials’: evidence for continuity and change in funerary practice following the Norman Conquest. In Dyer, C and Hadley, DM. The Norman Conquest: transformations and continuities. Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series: 139-58.
  • Shui, W, Maddock, S, Heywood, P, Craig-Atkins, E, Crangle, J, Hadley, D and Scott, R. 2016. Using semi-automatic 3D scene reconstruction to create a digital medieval charnel chapel. EG UK Computer Graphics & Visual Computing (2016), edited by Rita Borgo and Cagatay Turkay.
  • Craig-Atkins, E, Crangle, J and Hadley, D. M. 2016. The Nameless Dead. Exploring the Rothwell Charnel Chapel Project. Current Archaeology. Issue 321, December 2016.
  • Hadley, DM, Richards, JD, Brown, H, Craig-Atkins, E, Mahoney Swales, D, Perry, G, Stein, A and Woods, A. 2016. The Winter Camp of the Viking Great Army, AD 872–3, Torksey, Lincolnshire. Antiquaries Journal 96: 1-45.
  • 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.
  • 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., Madgwick, R., and Jervis, B. 2018. Rethinking the Impact of the Norman Conquest using Archaeological evidence of Diet and Food Culture. Haskins Conference 2018, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. October.

Craig-Atkins, E., Crangle, J., Barnwell, P., and Hadley, D. 2018. 'The sculls that lie heap'd up ': Post-mortem interactions with human remains in the charnel house at Rothwell, Northamptonshire . European Archaeological Association, Barcelona, September.

Fissell, M. and Craig-Atkins, E. 2018. Marking Maternity. Keynote delivered at the Material Bodies in Archaeology and History conference, organised by E Craig-Atkins and K Harvey, Birmingham, June.

Craig-Atkins, E. 2018. Grave Concerns: A new project exploring the management and maintenance of cemetery space c. 1700-2000. Cremation and Burial Communication and Education conference, Newcastle, June.

Craig-Atkins, E., Crangle, J. and Hadley, D. 2017. The chronological and liturgical context of charnel practice in medieval England: manipulations of the skeletonized body at Rothwell Charnel Chapel, Northamptonshire. Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, April.

Hadley, D., Crangle, J. and Craig-Atkins, E. 2017. The Afterlife of the Charnel Chapel at Rothwell (Northants.). Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, April.

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.

Teaching

Undergraduate:

  • Emerging Europe: From Storage to Stonehenge and States
  • Towards Modernity: Anthropology, Archaeology and Colonialism
  • Science in Archaeology

Postgraduate:

  • Biological Anthropology I (module co-ordinator)
  • Biological Anthropology II (module co-ordinator)
  • Quantitative Methods in Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Funerary Archaeology
  • Research Design: Theory, Methods and Practice
  • Osteoarchaeological Assemblage Analysis
Administrative Duties

Administrative Duties

Elected Treasurer, British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO)

External Engagement and Impact Officer 2015-present

Chair of Department Equality and Diversity Committee 2014-present

Staff Development Officer 2014-15

Disability Liaison Officer 2013-14