Rebecca Watts  BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD


Rebecca WattsRebecca has carried out research and analysis in the fields of human osteology and paleopathology for seven years, working on academic projects concerning the skeletal manifestations of disease in later medieval and post-medieval Britain as well as supervising commercial cemetery excavations in the South of England. Since joining AOC Archaeology in 2015 Rebecca has analysed skeletal assemblages from Bedfordshire, Scotland and Surrey and provided co-supervision on site during cemetery excavations. As osteoarchaeologist she also contributes towards research projects for scientific publication. Rebecca’s research interests include developmental skeletal biology, osteological markers of metabolic stress and the social significance of puberty in the past. She has authored and co-authored articles on these topics which have appeared in the peer-reviewed publications American Journal of Physical Anthropology, International Journal of Paleopathology, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, Medieval Archaeology and American Journal of Human Biology. Rebecca is also committed to the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and public outreach and adheres to professional guidelines and standards throughout commercial and academic projects. She is first aid trained and holds a EUSR Utility SHEA (Gas) card.

Selected Bibliography

Lewis M, Shapland F, Watts R. 2016. The influence of chronic conditions on pubertal development. An example from medieval England. International Journal of Paleopathology 12: 1-10.

Shapland F, Lewis M, Watts R. 2015. The lives and deaths of young medieval women. The osteological evidence. Medieval Archaeology 59: 272-289.

Watts, R. 2015. The long-term impact of developmental stress. Evidence from later medieval and post-medieval London (AD1117-1853). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 158: 569-580.

Lewis M, Shapland F, Watts R. 2016. On the threshold of adulthood: a new approach for the use of maturation indicators to assess puberty in adolescents from medieval England. American Journal of Human Biology 28: 48-56.

Watts, R. 2013. Childhood development and adult longevity in an archaeological population from Barton-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire, England. International Journal of Paleopathology 3: 95-104.

Watts, R. 2013. Lumbar vertebral canal size in adults and children: observations from a skeletal sample from London, England. Journal of Comparative Human Biology 64: 120-128.

Watts, R. 2011. Non-specific indicators of stress and their association with age-at-death in medieval York: using stature and vertebral neural canal size to examine the effects of stress occurring during different periods of development. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 21: 568-576.