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Art Fund award for bioarchaeological research

30 June 2016

Paola Ponce receiving an Art Fund award for a collaborative bioarchaeological research project

Collaborative research involving Paola Ponce (Archaeology South-East) has been awarded a grant from the Art Fund’s Jonathan Ruffer Curational Grants Programme.

Royal Pavilion & Museums and the UCL Institute of Archaeology have been awarded £4,000 by the Art Fund’s Jonathan Ruffer Curational Grants Programme towards their collaborative bioarchaeological research project analysing Anglo-Saxon human remains held at Brighton Museum.

The grant will enable Curator of Archaeology Andy Maxted and UCL Osteoarchaeologist Paola Ponce to analyse approximately 90 skeletons of all ages and sexes, to gather biographical information, including any signs of disease or disability.

As Andy Maxted indicates:

"This is a fantastic opportunity to try and find out more about these early Anglo-Saxon immigrants. The project will give us much more of a 'human' insight into this part of Brighton & Hove's history, and greatly add to our appreciation and knowledge of local life in the early post Romano-British period."

This grant follows on from the inaugural Prehistoric Society Collections Study Award which was received by the project earlier in the year.