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Professor Keith Manchester

PositionHonorary Visiting Professor in Palaeopathology
LocationL18, Richmond building
DepartmentSchool of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences

Research Interests (key words only)

Palaeopathology and history of leprosy and tuberculosis; palaeopathology of neoplastic diseases; clinical interpretation of palaeopathological lesions

PhD Supervision

Graduated students

Charlotte Roberts: Trauma and its treatment in British antiquity, 1983-86.

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Lecturing and Practical Laboratory supervision and tuition in palaeopathology during the MSc in Human Osteology and Palaeopathology.

My teaching, based upon my career in clinical practice, and my involvement in palaeopathology since 1972, concentrates on the morphological and radiological features of osseous pathological lesions, their pathogenesis, differential diagnoses, and their clinical interpretation in terms of symptoms and physical signs in living people, and the wider implication of the disease in terms of life-style, disability, and socioeconomic consequences for the individual in antiquity.


General Medical Practitioner in Bradford for 50 years, retiring in 2013.

Instigated the academic discipline of human osteology and palaeopathology in the School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences, University of Bradford, in 1980 and was appointed on to Visiting Staff (Lecturer) on that date. Have remained in that capacity since then but appointed to Honorary Visiting Professor of Palaeopathology in 2012.

Study History

  • 1959: BSc (Physiology), St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College, London
  • 1962: MB, BS. St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London
  • 1958: Awarded Foster Prize in Anatomy. St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College
  • 1959: Awarded Senior Preclinical Scholarship, St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College

Professional History

  • Visiting Undergraduate Tutor in palaeopathology at Universities of Leicester and Cardiff
  • Visiting Postgraduate Tutor in palaeopathology at University of Sheffield
  • External examiner (Master and PhD) at Universities of Cambridge, York, Belfast

Professional Activities

  • 1964-2013: General Medical Practitioner in Bradford
  • Medical Advisor to Provident Financial Group, Knightsbridge Furniture Production Ltd, Alcan Enfield Engineering, Yorkshire Childrens’ Hospital Fund
  • Clinical Assistant in Obstetrics, St. Luke’s Hospital, Bradford
  • 1972-1980: Honorary Osteologist and palaeopathologist to West Yorkshire Archaeology Service
  • Osteologist to H.M. Coroner’s Office, Bradford
  • Honorary Osteologist to the Sancton AngloSaxon Cremation Cemetery project
  • 1986: Invited Visiting Palaeopathologist (leprosy) to Israeli Antiquities Authority

Research Areas

  • 1983-86: SERC funded research project on leprosy and tuberculosis in premediaeval Britain
  • 1986-89: Wellcome Trust funded research project on vertebral body lesions of possible tuberculous Aetiology
  • Palaeopathology of Mycobacterial diseases, and of neoplastic disease

Current Projects

  • Analysis and reporting of the Andersen Clinical Leprosy Xray Archive in BARC
  • From Cemetery to Clinic
  • Digitised Diseases


  • The Archaeology of Disease. (Bradford University Press), 1983
  • The Archaeology of Disease (2nd ed), Charlotte Roberts and keith Manchester. (Sutton Publishing), 1995
  • The Archaeology of Disease (3rd ed), Charlotte Roberts and Keith Manchester. (Sutton Publishing), 2005
  • Bone Changes in Leprosy: pathogenesis, palaeopathological diagnostic Criteria, and clinical interpretation. (Online Publication), 2012

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