Dr Sophie Newman
BSc(Hons Anatomical Sciences; MSc Palaeopathology; PhD
Research Technician and Demonstrator in Human Osteology
Department of Archaeology
University of Sheffield
10-16 Regent Street
I studied Anatomical Sciences at the University of Dundee from 2007-2011, where I first became interested in the study of human skeletal remains from archaeological contexts. I then studied for an MSc in Palaeopathology at Durham University (2011-2012), where I remained to undertake my PhD research focusing on child health in the Industrial Revolution. Following the completion of my doctorate in 2016, I worked as a commercial osteoarchaeologist for York Osteoarchaeology, before starting my role as Research Technician and Lab Demonstrator in Human Osteology at Sheffield in 2017.
• Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
I specialise in the study of human osteology and palaeopathology, particularly in relation to children and child health in the past.
My main research interests are:
• Human osteology and palaeopathology
Refereed Journal Articles
• Newman, S.L. and Gowland, R.L. (2016) Dedicated followers of fashion? Bioarchaeological perspectives on socio-economic status, inequality, and health in urban children from the Industrial Revolution (18th -19th C), England. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 27(2):217-229
• Newman, S.L. and Gowland, R.L. (2015) The use of non-adult vertebral dimensions as indicators of growth disruption and non-specific health stress in skeletal populations. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 158(1):155-164.
• Gowland, R.L. and Newman, S.L. (in press) Children of the revolution: childhood health inequalities and the life course during industrialisation of the 18th to 19th centuries. In: P. Beauchesne and S. Agarwal (eds.). Children and Childhood in the Past. Florida: University of Florida Press.
Selected Unpublished Osteological Reports
• Newman, S. and Holst, M. (2017) ‘Osteological Analysis, Mansell Farm, Newbold on Stour, Tredlington, Warwickshire’, York Osteoarchaeology for Archaeology Warwickshire. June 2017.
Co-organiser of the Little Lives Conference 2016, Durham University
Recent conference presentations:
• April 2016 - Newman, S.L. “Life in the Shadows: the impact of social status, geographic location, and vitamin D deficiency on child health in 18th-19th century England” AAPA Conference – New Orleans