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Jelena (BA, MSc, FSA) has a Master's degree in Osteology, Palaeopathology and Funerary Archaeology from Sheffield and Bradford University.
After university, Jelena worked as a human osteologist on excavations in Jordan on a British Museum excavation and skeletal material from the Czech Republic for the Institute of Archaeology, City Museum and National Museum in Prague.
She also worked on the site of the Spitalfields Market excavation from 2000 as an on site human remains finds processer on the skeletal material.
Since 2003 Jelena has been based at the Museum of London and was an original member of the research osteologist team with the establishment of the Wellcome funded Centre for Human Bioarchaeology.
As part of the Wellcome team she analysed and recorded on to the Wellcome Osteological Research Database (WORD) skeletal material from different sites and time periods that make up the unique stratified human remains collection curated at the Museum.
In 2007 Jelena became a Curator of Human Osteology and in the summer of 2008, was deeply involved in the Skeletons: London's buried bones exhibition at the Wellcome Trust.
She has a particular interest in post-Medieval bioarchaeology and palaeopathology, with specific knowledge and experience of the large curated London assemblages. Recent analysis and research has focused on the skeletal remains with biographical information retained at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street.
From the recent analysis and recording of the individuals this has led to collaborative projects with Quinnipiac University, USA with a digital x-ray project and hair sampling in collaboration with La Trobe University, Australia.
Jelena is a representative on a number of committees, frequently speaks at archaeological and historical societies and was in 2011 elected to be a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
Her specialist interests include palaeopathology, osteoarthritis, Medieval and post-Medieval bioarchaeology.
Jelena is currently working on the Wellcome Trust’s touring exhibition of ‘Skeletons: our buried bones’.
CRANID, Medieval and post-Medieval, health in London, bioarchaeology.
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Before joining the Centre for Human Bioarchaeology in 2008, Rebecca (BA, MSc, PhD, FSA) was the curator of physical anthropology at The British Museum and had previously worked for Museum of London Archaeology as a human osteologist on The Spitalfields Project from 2003 to 2007. Rebecca was elected to be a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 2011 and in 2012, was awarded the RM Baguley Award by The Prehistoric Society for her paper on the bioarchaeology of Maiden Castle hillfort. In 2016, she was made an Honorary Research Associate at Durham University.
Her special interests include diet, ethics, palaeopathology, the archaeologies of ageing and gender, impairment and disability, medical practices and violence, and she has published widely on these topics Rebecca is currently working on the Wellcome Trust’s touring exhibition of ‘Skeletons: our buried bones’.
Iron Age and Roman Britain, bioarchaeology, palaeopathology, and ethics.