Dr Nina Maaranen

School of History, Philosophy and Digital Humanities

Teaching Technician and Demonstrator in Human Osteology

Nina Maaranen
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Dr Nina Maaranen
School of History, Philosophy and Digital Humanities
Ella Armitage Building
40 Leavygreave Road
S3 7RD

I am an archaeologist specialised in human osteology. My research focuses on the eastern Mediterranean, particularly the Levantine region during the Bronze Age. I have collaborated with projects such as the “Workmen's Huts in the Theban Mountains”, “The Gurob Harem Palace Project” "Sidon Excavation" and “The Enigma of the Hyksos”. I've utilised bioanthropological methods together with statistical techniques to study skeletal assemblages from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Egypt. I've also worked on burnt Bronze Age osteological material as well as historical and modern skeletal collections from Finland. 


2020 PhD, Bournemouth University
2016 Master of Arts, Archaeology, University of Helsinki
2015 Master of Science, Human Osteology and Palaeopathology, University of Bradford
2013 Bachelor of Arts, Archaeology, University of Helsinki

Research interests
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Biodistance analysis
  • Funerary archaeology
  • Statistical approaches
  • Social identities and dynamics
  • Network formation
  • Stantis, C., Compton G., Kharobi A., Maaranen N., Nowell G.M., Macpherson C., Batey T., and Schwartz G. 2023. Mobility and Immobility Among the Early Bronze Age Syrian Elite. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2023.104142
  • Maaranen, N., Stantis, C., Kharobi, A., Zakrzewski, S., Schutkowski, H., Doumet-Serhal, C. 2023. The rise of coastal Middle Bronze Age Levant - a multidisciplinary approach for investigating in Sidon, Lebanon. American Journal of Biological Anthropology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.24831
  • Maaranen, N., Zakrzewski, S., Schutkowski, H. 2022. Who were the Hyksos? Investigating provenance from dental nonmetric traits. Current Anthropology 63(6). https://doi.org/10.1086/723141
  • Maaranen, N., Walker, J., Sołtysiak, A. 2022. Societal segmentation and early urbanism in Mesopotamia: Biological distance analysis from Tell Brak using dental morphology. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 67, 101421.
  • Kharobi, A., Maaranen, N., Stantis, C., Zakrzewski, S. and Schutkowski, H. 2022. Contribution of bioanthropology to defining the Tell el-Dab’a population in the Eastern Delta: Preliminary findings. CAENL.
  • Maaranen, N., Zakrzewski, S., Kharobi, A., Stantis, C., Prell, S., Bietak, M. and Schutkowski, H. 2021. The people of Avaris: intra-regional biodistance analysis using dental non-metric traits. Bioarchaeology of the Near East.
  • Stantis, C., Maaranen, N., Kharobi, A., Nowell, G.M., Macpherson, C., Schutkowski, H., and Bourke, S. 2021. Jordanian migration and mobility in the Middle Bronze Age (ca. 2100–1550 BCE) at Pella. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 1-19
  • Stantis, C., Maaranen, N., Kharobi, A., Nowell, G.M., Macpherson, C., Doumet-Serhal, C. and Schutkowski, H. 2021. Sidon on the Breadth of the Wild Sea: Movement and Diet on the Mediterranean coast in the Middle Bronze Age. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
  • Stantis, C., Kharobi, A., Maaranen, N., Macpherson, C., Bietak, M., Prell, S. and Schutkowski, H. 2021. Multi-isotopic study of diet and mobility in the northeastern Nile Delta. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences.
  • Salesse, K., Dufour, É., Balterd, V., Tykot, R., Maaranen, N., Rivollat, M., Deguilloux, M.-F., Pemonge, M.-H., Brůžek, J. and Castex, D. 2021. Far from home: a multi-analytical approach revealing the migration of an East African to imperial Rome. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.
  • Kharobi, A., Stantis, C., Maaranen, N. and Schutkowski, H. 2021. Once were warriors: challenging occupation preconceptions in Lebanese weapon-associated burials (Middle Bronze Age, Sidon). International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.
  • Stantis, C., Maaranen, N., Peterkin, J., Nowell, G., MacPherson, C. and Schutkowski, H. 2021. Some preliminary bioarchaeological observations from Tell Fadous-Kfarabida. BAAL.
  • Stantis, C., Kharobi, A., Maaranen, N., Nowell, G.M., Bietak, M., Prell, S. and Schutkowski, H. 2020. Who were the Hyksos? Challenging traditional narratives using strontium isotope (87Sr/86Sr) analysis of human remains from ancient Egypt. PLOS ONE 15(7):e0235414.
  • Maaranen, N., 2020. Ties that bind: Investigating Hyksos provenance and migration using dental morphology.  (unpublished doctoral dissertation). Bournemouth University.
  • Maaranen, N., Schutkowski, H. and Zakrzewski, S. 2019. Hidden in bones – tracking the Hyksos across the Levant. CAENL 9, 315-20.
  • Maaranen, N., Schutkowski, H., Zakrzewski, S., Stantis, C. and Zink, A. 2019. The Hyksos in Egypt – a bioarchaeological perspective. CAENL 9, 339-52.
  • Maaranen, N. and Buckberry, J. 2018. Detecting the elderly: Exploring age using Transition Analysis. In Murphy, E. and Lillehammer, G. (eds.) Giving New Meaning to Cultural Heritage – The Old and the Young in Past Societies. AmS-Skrifter series, 143-54.