Hi, I’m Sammy. As you may have noticed I have an interest in all things bony, particularly the skeleton. This started at university where I studied Biological Anthropology (the study of the biological and behavioral aspects of human beings, their related non-human primates and their extinct hominin ancestors).
I’m now completing a PhD at the University of Southampton in archaeology and anthropology. My project aims to reassess the use of dental wear to estimate age at death of human remains, with a focus on British archaeological collection. I was lucky enough to be awarded a CDP, a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which means that a higher education institution (i.e. Southampton University) and an institute from the heritage sector (in my case Historic England) came together to propose a research project. This award has allowed me to gain knowledge and insight into both the academic and heritage sectors, which will undoubtedly provide me with some amazing opportunities for my future career.
Previous to starting my PhD I have carried out various volunteering roles, which included conducting inventories on multiple skeletal collections at the Royal College of Surgeons, England. I really enjoyed working here and hope to return again some day! You can see what I did at the College on my ‘What I’ve Been Up To‘ page, or simply look through my blog history. I also worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Reading collecting data for a project looking at the evolution of language.