Miss Emma Tollefsen

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Archaeologist and Anthropologist, specialising in Forensic Taphonomy, Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology. 

University of Manchester Faculty of Humanities SALC PGR Studentship funded PhD Student in Archaeology.

Thesis: Halting Death in its Tracks: Scientific Methods and Theoretical Interpretive Frameworks for Investigating Curation in Iron Age Britain

Supervisors: Dr. Melanie Giles (Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology) and Prof. Andrew Chamberlain (School of Earth and Environmental Sciences).

Advisors: Dr. Michael Buckley (Manchester Institute of Biotechnology).

My PhD research focuses on establishing methodological and theoretical frameworks for investigating the potential of mummification as a funerary tradition in Iron Age Britain (ca. 800 BC - 43 AD), to attempt to interpret the unusual burials found in the mortuary record of this time period; where the body of the dead is arranged in such a way that active anthropogenic manipulation is implied, such as bodies found in an exceptionally tightly contracted position whilst maintaining its anatomical articulation and/or in coffin burials. 


MSc in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology, University of Sheffield (2015 - 2016). 

BA (Joint Hons.) in Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Manchester (2012 - 2015). 



GFSU Live Webinar Series Session 4: Planning for Mass Fatality Response (2020).

HMXIF Advanced Segmentation and Quantification Using Avizo (2018).

HMXIF Introduction to X-ray CT Theory and Avizo (2018).

UCLan Forensic Trauma Analysis (2018).

UCLan (CIfA) Early Decomposition Process and Post-Mortem Interval Estimation (2018).

PwC Personal Development and Effectiveness in Leadership Course (2014).


Memberships of committees and professional bodies

European Association of Archaeologists (since 2020), Member and Volunteer

Later Prehistoric Finds Group (since 2019), Member

Bog Body Research Network (since 2018), Committee Member 

State Violence Research Network (since 2018), Member

The Prehistoric Society (since 2016), Member

British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (since 2016), Member

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (since 2015), Member

CIfA Forensic Archaeology SIG (since 2015), Member

CIfA Human Osteoarchaeology SIG (since 2015), Member

Areas of expertise

  • CC Archaeology - Human Osteology, Histology, Taphonomy, Bone Diagenesis, Mummification, Funerary Theory, Iron Age Britain
  • GN Anthropology - Social Anthropology, Social Theory, Physical Anthropology, Bioarchaeology


  • Bioarchaeology, Social Anthropology, Physical Anthtropology

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