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Jo Buckberry

Reader in Biological Anthropology

Faculty/Dept/School School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences
(Faculty of Life Sciences)
Telephone +441274 234289


Jo joined the University of Bradford in 2004. She leads the MSc Human Osteology and Palaeopathology, is the Director of Studies for the School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences and the Head of the Biological Anthropology Research Centre (BARC). 

Jo’s research focuses on archaeological, osteological and palaeopathological analysis of human remains dating to the Anglo-Saxon, medieval and post-medieval periods. She is particularly interested in the relationship between osteological indicators of identity and burial practices, and in the mortality and morbidity of individuals buried within different contexts, geographical areas and chronological periods. She has specialised in the analysis of peri-mortem trauma relating to both interpersonal violence and judicial execution. Jo has also researched the application, refinement and development of methods of sex assessment and age estimation from human skeletal remains.


Teaching highlights

Vice Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award, 2014

Teaching interests

Bioarchaeology; Human Osteology; Palaeopathology; Forensic Anthropology; Funerary Archaeology


Bioarchaeology; palaeopathology; human osteology;  trauma analysis; age estimation and sex assessment; early medieval, medieval and post-medieval funerary archaeology
Date Role Title / Description Funder Award
01-NOV-18 - 31-OCT-21Principal InvestigatorAn Examination of Changes in Human Morbidity and Mortality with the Advent of the Industrial Revolution
Research collaborators
NameDr Gillian Crane-Kramer
CompanyState University of New York, Plattsburgh
DescriptionCo-applicant on 'An Examination of Changes in Human Morbidity and Mortality with the Advent of the Industrial Revolution', funded by the Royal Society

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-97: Durham - BA in Archaeology
  • 01-JAN-99: University of Sheffield - MSc in Osteology, Palaeopathology and Funerary Archaeology
  • 01-JAN-04: University of Sheffield - PhD, 'A Cultural and Anthropological Study of Conversion Period and Later Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire'
  • 01-OCT-02: Trinity College Carmarthen - Lecturer
  • 04-OCT-04: University of Bradford - Experimental Officer
  • 05-JAN-09: University of Bradford - Lecturer
  • 01-JUL-15: University of Bradford - Senior Lecturer
  • 01-MAY-17: University of Bradford - Reader
  • 15-SEP-07: British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology, Non-executive committee member
  • 15-SEP-12: British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology, Grants Secretary
  • 09-APR-14: Paleopathology Association, Secretary
  • 01-SEP-14: Senate, University of Bradford,
  • 15-SEP-18: British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology, President
  • Head of Research Centre: Head of the Biological Anthropology Research Centre.


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleA carbon and nitrogen isotopic investigation of a case of probable infantile scurvy (6th- 4th centuries BC, Slovenia) (2020)
AuthorsRebecca Nicholls, Ian Armit, Julia Beaumont, Jo Buckberry, Matija Cresnar, Hannah Koon
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports
TitleBack to the Beginning: Identifying lesions of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis prior to Vertebral Ankylosis (2020)
AuthorsCastells Navarro, L. and Buckberry, J.
JournalInternational Journal of Paleopathology
TitleEvaluating osteological ageing from digital data (2019)
AuthorsVilla, C.; Buckberry, Jo; Lynnerup, N.
JournalJournal of Anatomy
TitleAncient Mycobacterium leprae genomes from the mediaeval sites of Chichester and Raunds in England (2019)
AuthorsKerudin, A; Mueller, R; Buckberry Jo; Knuesel C; Brown T
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
TitleRadiographically recognizable? An investigation into the appearance of osteomalacic pseudofractures (2018)
AuthorsJennings E.;Buckberry J.;Brickley M.
JournalInternational Journal of Paleopathology
TitleComparing apples and oranges: Why infant bone collagen may not reflect dietary intake in the same way as dentine collagen (2018)
AuthorsBeaumont J.;Atkins E.;Buckberry J.;Haydock H.;Horne P.;Howcroft R.;Mackenzie K.;Montgomery J.
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology
TitleThe importance of animal baselines: using isotope analysis to compare diet in a British medieval hospital and lay population (2018)
AuthorsBownes, J.; Clarke, Leon J.; Buckberry, Jo
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports
TitleYou Are What You Ate: Consuming the Past to Benefit the Present (2017)
AuthorsMcCleery, I.; Shearman, V.; Buckberry, Jo
TitleThe use of corsetry to treat Pott’s disease of the spine from 19th Century Wolverhampton, England (2016)
AuthorsMoore, J.; Buckberry, Jo
TitleQuantitative analysis of the morphological changes of the pubic symphyseal face and the auricular surface and implications for age at death estimation (2015)
AuthorsVilla C.;Buckberry J.;Cattaneo C.;Frohlich B.;Lynnerup N.
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
TitleSurface curvature of pelvic joints from three laser scanners: separating anatomy from measurement error. (2015)
AuthorsVilla, C.; Gaudio, D.; Cattaneo, C.; Buckberry, Jo; Wilson, Andrew S.; Lynnerup, N.
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
TitleInfant mortality and isotopic complexity: new approaches to stress, maternal health and weaning. (2015)
AuthorsBeaumont, Julia; Montgomery, Janet; Buckberry, Jo; Jay, Mandy
TitleThe (mis)use of adult age estimates in osteology. (2015)
AuthorsBuckberry, Jo
TitlePicking up the pieces: Utilizing the diagnostic potential of poorly preserved remains. (2015)
AuthorsBrickley, M.B.; Buckberry, Jo
TitleA post-Roman sequence at Carlisle Cathedral (2014)
AuthorsMcCarthy, Michael R.; Archibald, M.; Batey, C.E.; Batt, Catherine M.; Brooks, C.; Buckberry, Jo; Cherry, J.; Evans, Adrian A.; Gaunt, G.; Keevill, G.; Lerwick, Ceilidh; Montgomery, Janet; Ottaway, P.; Paterson, C.; Pirie, E.; Walton Rogers, P.; Shotter, D.; Towers, Jacqueline R.; Tweddle, D.
TitleFinding Vikings in the Danelaw (2014)
AuthorsBuckberry, Jo; Montgomery, Janet; Towers, Jacqueline R.; Müldner, G.; Holst, M.; Evans, J.; Gledhill, Andrew R.; Neale, Naomi; Lee-Thorp, Julia A.
TitleFinding Vikings with isotope analysis – the view from wet and windy islands. (2014)
AuthorsMontgomery, Janet; Grimes, V.; Buckberry, Jo; Evans, J.A.; Richards, Michael P.; Barrett, J.H.
TitleForensic age estimation based on the trabecular bone changes of the pelvic bone using post-mortem CT. (2013)
AuthorsVilla, C.; Hansen, M.N.; Buckberry, Jo; Cattaneo, C.; Lynnerup, N.
TitleTechnical note: reliability of Suchey-Brooks and Buckberry-Chamberlain methods on 3D visualizations from CT and laser scans. (2013)
AuthorsVilla, C.; Buckberry, Jo; Cattaneo, C.; Lynnerup, N.
TitleWeaning at Anglo-Saxon Raunds: implications for changing breastfeeding practice in Britain over two millennia (2013)
AuthorsHaydock, Hannah; Clarke, Leon J.; Craig-Atkins, Elizabeth F.; Howcroft, R.; Buckberry, Jo
TitleExceptional preservation of a prehistoric human brain from Heslington, Yorkshire, UK. (2011)
AuthorsO'Connor, Sonia A.; Ali, Esam M.A.; Al-Sabah, S.; Anwar, D.; Bergström, E.; Brown, K.A.; Buckberry, Jo; Collins, M.; Denton, J.; Dorling, K.; Dowle, A.; Duffey, P.; Edwards, Howell G.M.; Faria, E.C.; Gardner, P.; Gledhill, Andrew R.; Heaton, K.; Heron, Carl P.; Janaway, Robert C.; Keely, B.; King, D.G.; Masinton, A.; Penkman, K.E.H.; Petzoldk, A.; Pickering, M.D.; Rumsbyl, M.; Schutkowski, Holger; Shackleton, K.A.; Thomas, J.; Thomas-Oates, J.; Usai, M.; Wilson, Andrew S.; O'Connor, T.P.
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
TitleHigh performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) in the investigation of gout in paleopathology. (2010)
AuthorsSwinson, D.J.; Snaith, J.; Buckberry, Jo; Brickley, M.B.
TitleMulticentric osteosarcoma associated with DISH, in a 19th Century burial from England. (2010)
AuthorsOrtner, D.J.; Ponce, P.; Ogden, Alan R.; Buckberry, Jo
TitleThe utility of carpals for sex assessment: a preliminary study (2008)
AuthorsSulzmann, C.E.; Buckberry, Jo; Pastor, R.F.
TitleThe medieval cemetery at Riccall Landing: A reappraisal. (2008)
AuthorsHall, R.A.; Buckberry, Jo; Storm, Rebecca A.; Budd, P.; Hamilton, W.D.; McCormac, G.
TitleAn Anglo-Saxon execution cemetery at Walkington Wold, Yorkshire (2007)
AuthorsBuckberry, Jo; Hadley, D.M.
TitleBasics in paleodemography: A comparison of age indicators applied to the early medieval skeletal sample of Lauchheim. (2007)
AuthorsWittwer-Backofen, U.; Buckberry, Jo; Czarnetzki, A.; Doppler, S.; Grupe, G.; Hotz, G.; Kemkes, A.; Spencer Larsen, C.; Prince, D.; Wahl, J.; Fabig, A.; Weise, S.
TitleAge Estimation from the Auricular Surface of the Ilium: A Revised Method (2002)
AuthorsBuckberry, Jo; Chamberlain, A.
TitleFieldwork at Chapel Road, Fillingham. (2001)
AuthorsBuckberry, Jo; Hadley, D.M.
Other Journal
TitleThe Relationship Between Vitamin D Deficiency And Leprosy In Two English Medieval Populations (2019)
AuthorsPapadopoulou, S.A. and Buckberry, J.
PublisherUniversity of Sheffield
TitleMissing, Presumed Buried? Bone Diagenesis and the Under-Representation of Anglo-Saxon Children (2000)
AuthorsBuckberry, Jo
PublisherUniversity of Sheffield
TitleProceedings of the Twelfth Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge 2012. (2012)
AuthorsMitchell, P.D.; Buckberry, Jo
TitleBurial in later Anglo-Saxon England c. 650-1100 AD (2010)
AuthorsBuckberry, Jo; Cherryson, A.
Book Chapters
TitleAn Osteological Analysis of Degenerative Joint Disease in Two Medieval European Populations (2020)
AuthorsBohling S, Buckberry J, Valle de Tarazaga E
JournalTrends in Biological Anthropology 2
TitleAssessing the reproducibility of osteometric methods when using conventional equipment versus 3D laser scanning (2020)
AuthorsCrowther MJ, Buckberry J, Holland AD, Sparrow T and Wilson AS
JournalTrends in Biological Anthropology 2
TitleIs the pen mightier than the sword? Exploring urban and rural health in Victorian England and Wales using the Registrar General Reports (2020)
AuthorsCrane-Kramer, G and Buckberry, J
JournalThe Bioarchaeology of Urbanization
TitleSkeletal analysis (2018)
AuthorsBohling S and Buckberry J
JournalLife on the Edge: Iain Crawford’s Udal, North Uist. The Neolithic and Bronze Age of RUX6
TitleTechniques for identifying the age and sex of children at death (2018)
AuthorsBuckberry J.
JournalThe Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Childhood
PublisherOxford University Press
TitleIsotopic analysis of the human skeletal remains (2018)
AuthorsBeaumont J, Hall C, Hamilton D and Buckberry J
JournalLife on the Edge: Iain Crawford’s Udal, North Uist. The Neolithic and Bronze Age of RUX6
TitleExploring Age – Transition Analysis as a tool for detecting the elderly (2018)
AuthorsMaaranen, N. and Buckberry, J.
JournalAcross the Generations: The Old and the Young in Past Societies.
PublisherArkeologisk museum
TitleEstimation of juvenile age at death (2018)
AuthorsBuckberry J and Brickley M.
JournalUpdated guidelines to the standards for recording human remains
TitleUndertaking sex assessment (2018)
AuthorsBrickley M and Buckberry J.
JournalUpdated guidelines to the standards for recording human remains
TitleInterpretation of a probable case of Poliomyelitis in the Romano-British social context. (2017)
AuthorsCastells Navarro L, Southwell-Wright W, Manchester K and Buckberry J.
JournalIn sickness and in health: Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of disease and deformity in past populations
PublisherArchaeological reviews from Cambridge
TitleEstimating adult age: auricular surface morphology (2017)
AuthorsBuckberry, Jo
TitleDigitised Diseases: Seeing Beyond the Specimen to Understand Disease and Disability in the Past (2017)
AuthorsWilson, Andrew S.; Manchester, Keith; Buckberry, Jo; Storm, Rebecca A.; Croucher, Karina T.
TitleDeath and the Body: Using Osteological Methods to Investigate the Later Prehistoric Funerary Archaeology of Slovenia and Croatia (2016)
AuthorsNicholls, R.; Buckberry, Jo
TitleThe medieval burials (2015)
AuthorsBuckberry, Jo; Battley, N.
TitleThe post-medieval burial (2015)
AuthorsBuckberry, Jo; Battley, N.
TitleYou Are What You Ate: Using Bioarchaeology to Promote Healthy Eating (2015)
AuthorsBuckberry, Jo; Ogden, Alan R.; Shearman, V.; McCleery, I.
TitleOsteological evidence of corporal and capital punishment in later Anglo-Saxon England. (2014)
AuthorsBuckberry, Jo
TitleWere there Vikings in Carlisle? (2014)
AuthorsMcCarthy, Michael R.; Montgomery, Janet; Lerwick, Ceilidh; Buckberry, Jo
Title'Men that are gone … come like shadows, so depart': research practice and sampling strategies for enhancing our understanding of post-medieval human remains. (2013)
AuthorsWilson, A., Powers, N., Montgomery, J., Town, M., & Janaway, R.
JournalArchaeology, the Public and the Recent Past
PublisherBoydell & Brewer.
TitleHell's Gate: The Anglo-Saxon execution cemetery at Walkington Wold (2010)
AuthorsBuckberry, Jo; Hadley, D.M.
TitleInvestigating Social Status Using Evidence of Biological Status: a Case Study from Raunds Furnells (2010)
AuthorsCraig-Atkins, Elizabeth F.; Buckberry, Jo
TitleCemetery diversity in the Mid to Late Anglo-Saxon period in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. (2010)
AuthorsBuckberry, Jo
TitleOff with their heads: The Anglo-Saxon execution cemetery at Walkington Wold, East Yorkshire. (2008)
AuthorsBuckberry, Jo
TitleRadiography in Palaeopathology: Where Next? (2007)
AuthorsBuckberry, Jo; O'Connor, Sonia A.
JournalProceedings of the Seventh Annual Meeting of the British Association for Biological Anthropology & Osteoarchaeology
TitleOn sacred ground: social identity and churchyard burial in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, C. 700-1100 AD (2007)
AuthorsBuckberry, Jo
TitleCaring for the dead in late Anglo-Saxon England. (2005)
AuthorsHadley, D.M.; Buckberry, Jo
Other Publications
Other typeBook Review
TitleDeath embodied. Archaeological approaches to the treatment of the corpse edited by Zoë L Devlin and Emma-Jayne Graham [Book review] (2017)
AuthorsBuckberry, Jo
Other typeBook Review
TitleA Bioarchaeological Study of Medieval Burials on the Site of St Mary Spital: Excavations at Spitalfields Market, London E1, 1991–2007. [Book review] (2015)
AuthorsBuckberry, Jo
PublisherInternational Journal of Paleopathology 8: 55–56.
Other typeEditorial
TitleAge estimation [editorial]. (2015)
AuthorsLiversidge, H.M.; Buckberry, Jo; Marquez-Grant, N.