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University of Southampton
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bioarchaeology, human remains, medicine, health, disease, disability, migration, race, Egypt, Iberia, Anglo-Saxon, skeletons, death
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About Me

I am a bioarchaeologist who works with human remains to understand past people’s identities. My interest is in human diversity and how that maps with migration, religious practice, race, dis/ability and disease. I work with human skeletons to understand how disease affected people and how their lives and the activities they undertook were affected by such processes.

My research has focussed on the formation of the Egyptian state (including migration both along the Nile valley and from the Sahara desert), on the Islamic conquest of Iberia (and associated religious conversion and differences in religious practice) and in Anglo-Saxon Britain. My research has also focussed on differing interpretation of disability, impairment and bodily difference.


Recent Publications

Schuenemann V.J., Avanzi C. , Krause-Kyora B., Seitz A., Herbig A., Inskip S., Bonazzi M., Reiter E., Urban C, Dangvard Pedersen D, Taylor G.M., Singh P., Stewart G.R., Velemínský P., Likovsky J., Marcsik A., Molnár E., Pálfi G., Mariotti V., Riga A., Belcastro M.G., Boldsen J.L., Nebel A., Mays S., Donoghue H.D., Zakrzewski S., Benjak A., Nieselt K., Cole S.T., & Krause J. (2018) Ancient genomes reveal a high diversity of Mycobacterium leprae in medieval Europe. PLoS Pathogens 14(5): e1006997

Zakrzewski S.R. (2017) Hierarchy, Gender, Body Shape and Proportion in Ancient Egypt. In Klaus H, Harvey A, & M Cohen (eds.) Bones of Complexity: Bioarchaeological Case Studies of Social Organization and Skeletal Biology. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. pp. 111-140.

Zakrzewski S.R., Evelyn-Wright S. & S Inskip (2017) Anglo-Saxon concepts of dis/ability: placing disease at Great Chesterford in its wider context. In: Byrnes, JF & Muller J. (eds.) Bioarchaeology of Impairment and Disability: Theoretical, Ethnohistorical, and Methodological perspectives. Springer. pp. 269-289.

Woods C., Fernee C., Zakrzewski S.R. & Dickinson A. (2017) A Study of Three Human Dental Populations Using Statistical Shape and Material Modelling (SSMM) Morphometric Methods. PLoS ONE 12(12): e0186754.

Zakrzewski S.R., Rowland J & A Shortland (2016) Science in the Study of Ancient Egypt. Routledge.

Zakrzewski S.R. (2015) “Behind every mask there is a face, and behind that a story.” Egyptian Bioarchaeology and Ancient Identities. In: Ikram S, Walker R & Kaiser J (eds.) Bioarchaeology of Ancient Egypt. Sidestone Press. pp. 157-167.

Inskip S.A., Taylor G.M., Zakrzewski S.R., Mays S., Pike A.W.G., Llewellyn G., Williams, C.M., Lee, Oona Y-C., Wu H.H.T., Minnikin D.E., Besra G.S. & G.R. Stewart. (2015) Osteological, Biomolecular and Geochemical Examination of an Early Anglo-Saxon Case of Lepromatous Leprosy. PLoS ONE 10(5): e0124282.

Zakrzewski S.R. (2015) Life Expectancy. UEE. UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology

Cashmore L.A. & S.R. Zakrzewski (2013) Assessment of musculoskeletal stress marker development in the hand. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.23: 334-347.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
Ancient, Medieval, Pre-17th century
Expertise by Topic
Medicine, Race