I read Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge (Fitzwilliam College 2002-2005) where I focused on Indian archaeology for my final year. I subsequently studied for an MSc in Palaeopathology at Durham University (2005-2006), followed by a second MSc in Biomolecular Archaeology at the University of Sheffield (2006-2007). I remained at Sheffield for my doctorate, which I was awarded in 2010. During the 2011-12 academic year, I was appointed as a University Teacher to cover Professor Mike Parker Pearson’s study leave.
Between 2012-2015, I held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (“East meets West: Mobility and cultural contact between the Mediterranean and western Britain in the early medieval period, c.400 – 800 A.D”), and in 2013, I was also awarded a University of Sheffield Vice Chancellor’s Fellowship.
My main areas of research include:
• Early medieval western Britain
• Bioarchaeology, including stable isotope analysis (dietary reconstruction and population mobility)
• Human Osteology & Palaeopathology
• The Archaeology of Children and Childhood
• Funerary Archaeology
• Disability and physical impairment in past populations
• Early medieval trade and migration
Current Research Projects:
The St Patrick’s Chapel Excavation Project
I am the co-director of The St Patrick’s Chapel Excavation Project, which is a collaborative research project with Dyfed Archaeological Trust. St Patrick’s Chapel is an early medieval (5th-10th century AD) Christian cemetery situated in sand dunes overlooking Whitesands Beach, Pembrokeshire. Further information about the project can be found on our A-Z List of Research Projects page: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/archaeology/research/st-patricks
• I am the Membership Secretary for the Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past: https://sscip.wordpress.com
• I am a member of Editorial Board for the journal, Isle of Man Studies: Proceedings of the Isle of Man Natural History and Antiquarian Society.
• I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
• I am a member of the Irish Isotopes Research Group.
• I am a member of the Steering Committee for the University of Sheffield ‘Centre for Medieval and Ancient Research’ (MARCUS @MedAndAncient): http://marcus.group.shef.ac.uk/
• I am a member of the Editorial Board for the journal, Childhood in the Past.
• Hadley, D.M. and Hemer, K.A. (eds.). 2014. Medieval Childhood: archaeological approaches. SSCIP Monograph 3. Oxford, Oxbow.
• Hemer, K.A. 2014. ‘Are we nearly there yet? Children and migration in early medieval western Britain’, in Hadley, D.M. and Hemer, K.A. (eds.). Medieval Childhood: archaeological approaches. SSCIP Monograph 3. Oxford, Oxbow, pp. 131-144.
• Hadley, D.M. and Hemer, K.A. (eds.). 2014. ‘Introduction: Archaeological approaches to medieval childhood, c. 500-1500’, in Medieval Childhood: archaeological approaches. SSCIP Monograph 3. Oxford, Oxbow, pp. 131-144.
Refereed Journal Articles
• Hemer, K.A., Lamb, A.L., Chenery, C.A., and Evans, J.A. A multi-isotope investigation of diet in early medieval western Britain. (2016). American Journal of Physical Anthropology DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.23127
• Hemer, K.A., Evans, J.A., Chenery, C.A., and Lamb, A.L. 2014. No Man is an island: evidence of pre-Viking Age migration to the Isle of Man. Journal of Archaeological Science 52: 242-249.
• Hemer, K.A., Evans, J.A., Chenery, C.A., and Lamb, A.L. 2013. Evidence of early medieval trade and migration between Wales and the Mediterranean Sea region. Journal of Archaeological Science 40: 2352-2359.
• Hemer, K.A. 2012. Stable isotope analysis of human remains: Brownslade and West Angle Bay. In Groom, P., Schlee, D., Hughes, G., Crane, P., Ludlow, N. and Murphy, K (eds.). Two Early Medieval Cemeteries in Pembrokeshire: Brownslade Barrow and West Angle Bay. Archaeologia Cambrensis 160: 133-203.
• Hemer, K.A. 2012. A bioarchaeological study of the human remains from the early medieval cemetery of Cronk Keeillane, Isle of Man. Proceedings of the Isle of Man Natural History and Antiquarian Society XII (3): 469-486.
• Hadley, D. and Hemer, K.A. 2011. Microcosms of migration: children and early medieval population movement. Childhood in the Past 4: 63-78.
• Edwards, N., Davies, T., and Hemer, K.A. (2017). Research Framework For The Archaeology of Early Medieval Wales C. Ad 400–1070. IFA Wales/Cymru.
Recent Conference Papers
• May 2016. “A’e tat en argluyd arnau”: women and children in early medieval Wales. Listening to Silence: sounding the experiences of women and children in Late Antiquity. Brown University, USA.
• October 2015. St Patrick’s Chapel Cemetery. Bioarchaeological analyses: Preliminary Results. Early Medieval Wales Archaeology Research Group, Welshpool.
• September 2015. In Search of the ‘Ideal Child’: Investigating Commemoration, Kinship and Population Mobility in Early Medieval Wales. The Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past Annual Conference, DePaul University, Chicago, USA.
• July 2015. Caethion Cymru: Investigating Slavery in early medieval Wales. International Medieval Congress, Leeds.
• September 2014. Living on the edge: investigating slavery in early medieval western Britain. Annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, Istanbul 9th -14th Sept.
• November 2015. ‘On the utmost border of the earth’: life and death in early medieval Wales. UCL Institute of Archaeology / British Museum Medieval Seminar Series, London.
• July 2015. Caethion Cymru: investigating slavery in early medieval Wales. Leeds International Medieval Congress 2015.
• February 2015. A world in motion: investigating population mobility in early medieval western Britain. Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt.
• February 2015. ‘A’e tat en argluyd arnau’: perspectives on children and childhood in early medieval Wales. University of Sheffield, MARS lecture series.
• December 2014. ‘On the utmost border of the earth’: Long-distance trade and contact with early medieval western Britain. Linking the Mediterranean: Regional and Trans-Regional Interactions in Times of Fragmentation (300 - 800 CE). Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Abteilung Byzanzforschung, Vienna, 11th-13th December.
• October 2014. ‘On the utmost border of the earth': evidence for contact and migration in early medieval Wales. Irish Isotopes Research Group, University College Dublin, Dublin.
• October 2013. Ymchwilio y gorffennol trwy archaeoleg biomoleciwlaidd. Welsh public lecture to Derby Welsh Speakers Society.
• August 2013. Ymchwilio y gorffennol trwy moleciwlau. Welsh public lecture at the National Eisteddfod, Denbighshire.
• Celtic West
• Archaeology Matters
• The Age of the Vikings
• World Archaeology
• Applied Archaeological Science
• Ethnicity and Identify in Early Medieval Europe
• Dissertation supervision
I am happy to discuss PhD supervision with prospective students interested in:
• The Early Medieval Period
• The Archaeology of Children/Childhood
• Funerary Archaeology
• Bioarchaeology (including Human osteology/Palaeopathology/Biomolecular Archaeology)
|Television and Media
||• Contributor – ‘Digging for Britain’, BBC Four, December 2016.
• Presenter for the Welsh-language channel, S4C:
• May – September 2015. Presenter, ‘Corff Cymru, Series 3’. Produced by Boom Pictures Cymru. 6-program series, aired May 2016.
• May – September 2014. Presenter, ‘Corff Cymru, Series 2’. Produced by Boom Pictures Cymru. 6-program series, aired September 2014
• February – July 2013. Presenter, ‘Corff Cymru'. Produced by Boom Pictures Cymru. 6-program series, aired April 2013.
• Press article – Excavation at Whitesands Bay after 50 skeletons found, BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-36164417
• Press article - Viking Skeleton found on Anglesey. North Wales Daily Post & BBC Wales.
• Member of the Departmental External Engagement, Publicity & Recruitment Committee
• UG Admissions Tutor