Mara Tesorieri BA, MA, PhD

Osteoarchaeologist, Post-excavation Project manager

Mara TesorieriMara has been working in archaeology for over 10 years. After completing her MSc in 2007, Mara moved to Ireland where she worked for archaeological consultancies as an osteoarchaeologist/archaeologist on various projects throughout the Republic. In 2009 Mara began her doctoral research at University College Cork where she focused on regional health patterns in early medieval Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. During this time, she continued her involvement in the commercial sector. Collections analysed have included both cremated and non-cremated human skeletal remains, from prehistoric, medieval and post-medieval sites. She has provided osteological reports for archaeological consultancies, museums and universities; from single site excavations and monitoring sites, to large scale projects.

Mara has collaborated on several research projects including the INSTAR Project: People of Prehistoric Ireland; a synthesis of osteoarchaeological reports on Irish prehistoric skeletal remains, The Poulnabrone Project; the re-analysis of one of Ireland’s most famous Neolithic Portal tombs, and the Spike Island Archaeological Project: the investigation of 19th century prison life in Ireland. She is currently providing research expertise to the project In the Footsteps of Caesar, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The project, led by Dr Andrew Fitzpatrick and Dr Colin Haselgrove from the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester, focuses on the archaeology of the first Roman invasions of Britain. Mara is currently analysing the human skeletal remains recovered from the 2016 and 2017 excavations.

Mara joined AOC Archaeology in 2019 as Osteoarchaeologist and Post-Excavation Project Manager. Prior to working with AOC she was a Teaching Fellow in Osteoarchaeology in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at University of Leicester.

Mara is a member of BABAO, IAPO and AAPA and has recently been awarded the title of Honorary Visiting Fellow in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at University of Leicester.

Selected Bibliography


Tesorieri M (in review). A Bioarchaeology of Early Medieval Ireland and Britain. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.

O’Donnabhain B & Tesorieri M (in preparation). Neolithic Ireland. In: Murphy E & O’Donnabhain B (eds). People of Prehistoric Ireland. Dublin: Four Courts Press.

Tesorieri M 2016. Differential diagnosis of pathologically induced upper and lower limb asymmetry in a burial from late medieval Ireland (CE 1439 – 1511). International Journal of Paleopathology 14, 46-54.

Tesorieri M 2016. The influence of regional landscapes on early medieval health (c.400-1200 AD): evidence from Irish human skeletal remains. Landscapes 17, 124-138.

O’Donnabhain B & Tesorieri M 2014. 4.2: Bioarchaeology. In: Lynch A. Poulnabrone: A Neolithic Portal Tomb in Ireland. Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Archaeological Monograph Series 9. Dublin: Stationery Office, 61-86

Carty N & Tesorieri M 2014. 9.2 Human Bone. In: Hurley MF & Brett C (eds.). Archaeological Excavations at South Main St.2003-2005. Cork: Cork City Council, 471-475.

Tesorieri M 2013. Health in late medieval Ireland: the osteoarchaeology from Ballinderry, Co Kildare.  Journal of the County Kildare Archaeological Society 20, 129-148.