Hannah Jingwen Lee: Co-Head Editor
Hannah graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2015 with a BA (Hons.) in Archaeology and Anthropology, where she was awarded the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship and the Mark Gregson Prize for excellence in Archaeology. Her undergraduate dissertation analysed legacy data to examine the evidence for non-adult burials in Late Bronze Age Mycenaean chamber tombs. From 2016-2018, she completed her part-time MSc in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology at the University of Sheffield, where she continued to research on social bioarchaeological topics with a focus on the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean. Her MSc dissertation, ‘Parts of a New Whole: First Steps Towards a Bioarchaeological Investigation of Late Bronze Age Cypriot Attitudes to Death and the Body’, was awarded a prize by the Sheffield Centre of Aegean Archaeology. After a stint in the non-profit sector, she embarked on a WRoCAH-funded PhD at Sheffield (2021- ), which combines macroscopic and microscopic analytical techniques with archaeo-historical data and social theory in order to study collective identities and personhood at Corinth, Greece during the Bronze and Early Iron Ages. Hannah has interned at the British School at Athens (Knossos facility), participated in research excavations in Boeotia, Messenia and Laconia, and worked in commercial archaeology in the UK. In 2019, she joined the Cranfield Recovery and Identification of Conflict Casualties field team and is waiting for the opportunity to use her osteological skills in a forensic context. When off the clock, Hannah enjoys writing, climbing, and having intense discussions about the 1990s children’s book series Animorphs.
Roberta Marino: Co-Head Editor
Roberta achieved a BSc in Biology at the University of Palermo (Italy) with a dissertation in Human Osteology based on the analysis of human skeletal remains from the Eneolithic period. Afterwards, she graduated with a MSc in Biodiversity and Evolution (Bioanthropology pathway) at the University of Bologna (Italy). Her Msc dissertation, in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Osteology, focused on the development of sexual dimorphism in non-adult skeletons and testing the reliability of non-adult sex determination methods. Then, she worked as a research assistant for the LabHomo – Bioanthropology Laboratory in Italy. Roberta was involved at several levels in the research activities of the laboratory; however, she was primarily in charge of a research project focused on the non-adult skeletal remains from the Castellammare del Golfo Cemetery in Sicily (XIX century). Throughout her academic career, Roberta has pursued a particular research interest in Childhood Bioarchaeology and the analysis of non-adult skeletal remains. In 2021, Roberta moved to the UK to start her WRoCAH-AHRC funded PhD at the University of Sheffield on the mistreatment of children through the lens of abuse and neglect, investigating how can bioarchaeology better approach these issues. During her free time, Roberta enjoys drawing, reading and binging TV shows.
Dr Aimée Barlow: Editor/Web Manager
Aimée graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Basic Medical Sciences (2012) and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (2015) from St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London, prior to accepting an Academic Foundation Post in HIV and Genitourinary Medicine in York. She completed her foundation medical training alongside a PGCert in Health Research and Statistics from the University of York in 2017. Her medical research areas included ‘Chemsex’ interventions, LGBT attitudes and experiences in Medicine and Forensic Psychiatry Risk Assessment. She decided to pursue her interests in Archaeology, completing a MSc in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology at the University of Sheffield in 2018. Her dissertation ‘The influence of footwear on Hallux Valgus prevalence in Anglo-Saxon and Victorian Britain’ was awarded the Philip Rahtz Award from the Society of Medieval Archaeology. Aimée has recently returned from maternity leave to her WRoCAH funded Archaeology and Pre-history PhD, with her thesis titled ‘Coming of Age: a biocultural investigation of reproductive practices in Industrialised Britain’. By using incremental isotope analysis this research will provide an invaluable insight into the reproductive experiences for women on an individual basis, while contributing to our wider understanding of fertility and reproduction in Industrial Britain. Aimée continues to work clinically in Emergency Medicine while undertaking her studies. In her free time, Aimée supports Sheffield Steelers ice hockey team and enjoys exploring with her rescue dog Eva.
Marina Chorro-Giner: Editor
Marina graduated from the University of Barcelona (Spain) in 2015 with a BSc in Archaeology and in 2017 with a BA in History. She then moved to Sheffield in 2018 where she started her part-time MSc in Osteoarchaeology at the University of Sheffield, graduating in with distinction in 2021. Her research interests are reptiles and amphibians in archaeology and her MSc dissertation, ‘Tortoise exploitation in Iberia and Italy: A zooarchaeological approach.’, served as a literature review to reconstruct the exploitation of tortoises in the past of Iberia and Italy, focusing on the genus Testudo, which helped evaluate the current knowledge of the subject. After finishing her MSc during a pandemic, she worked as a field archaeologist and zooarchaeologist until she received funding from WRoCAH to start her PhD at Sheffield (2022). Unsurprisingly, her PhD is a continuation of her MSc thesis and now she’s looking at both terrestrial and freshwater turtles in the western Mediterranean to understand human mobility, trade and cultural interactions. When she’s not busy working on her PhD she loves working out, playing DnD and chatting about the wondrous world of reptiles and amphibians.
Vick Newson: Editor
Vick was awarded an Honours BA in Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. Her undergraduate dissertation focused on using statistical models to determine areas of possible Roman shipwrecks off the coast of France. During this time, she worked in Athens as an intern at the Canadian Institute of Greece and participated in excavations (Gournia and Azoria) and surveys (WARP). She then moved to London and received her MA in Mediterranean Archaeology from University College London focusing on the statistical correlation between oil and wine production facilities in the Southern Levant from the Neolithic through to the Late Bronze Age. Since 2018, she has continued to expand this work into her current PhD project. She focuses on tree fruits (not just olives and grapes!) and their valued-added products (like oil, wine, vinegar and spirits) as a novel and effective proxy measure for understanding the importance and dynamism of trade in the ancient eastern Mediterranean and Caucasus from the Neolithic through to the Iron Age. She is currently undertaking ethnographic fieldwork in Armenia focusing on ancient methods of tree fruit cultivation, value-added product production and distribution. When not working Vick likes to hike, watch ice hockey and rugby and hang out with her pet fishes (Fred and Bob).
Ben Wigley: Editor
Ben first came to the University of Sheffield to study for a BA in Archaeology, graduating in 2010. After spending several years teaching, he returned to the Archaeology Department in 2017 to undertake an MSc in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology at which point he began to develop an interest in the quantitative analysis of dental morphological variation in bioarchaeological research. This led to a PhD project beginning in 2019 that integrates the geometric morphometric evaluation of dental fluctuating asymmetry and life-course theory to explore the impact of early-life stress as well as biological and social buffering systems in past populations.