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 (2016-2019).

Thesis: Halting Death in its Tracks: Scientific Methods and Theoretical Interpretative Frameworks for Investigating Curation in Iron Age Britain (c. 800 BC - AD 100).

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 scientific methods and theoretical frameworks for investigating curation in Iron Age Britain (ca. 800 BC - AD 100), to aid interpretations of 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 exceptionally tightly contracted positions whilst maintaining their anatomical articulation and instances of coffin and basket burials.


2016: MSc in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology, University of Sheffield (Distinction). 

2015: BA (Joint Hons.) in Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Manchester (First Class). 

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Royal Anthropological Institute (since 2021), Student Fellow

Manchester Classical Association (since 2021), Member

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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