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Carolyn Rando
  • c.rando@ucl.ac.uk
  • Direct: +44 (0)20 7679 7484
  • Internal: 27484
  • Room 301
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Carolyn Rando

Research Interests

  • Forensic Taphonomy, specifically focusing on patterns of human decomposition in various environments and under different conditions
  • New methods and approaches for Biological Profiling in Forensic Anthropology
  • Children’s remains in archaeology and diseases of childhood
  • The relationship between biology and behaviour, with special focus on the biomechanical adaptation of the human jaw
  • Bioarchaeology of the Japanese Archipelago
  • Cancer in antiquity and new approaches to diagnosis of cancers in skeletal remains
  • General interests in topics within Bioarchaeology, Dental Anthropology, Palaeopathology, Palaeoepidemiology, and Forensic Anthropology/Archaeology

Recent Fieldwork

Laboratory supervisor at the Bioanthropology Field School (Project Director Prof. Simon Hillson) on the island of Astypalaia, Greece (2011-2015)

Responsibilities: Supervise a group of students (undergrad to post-grad) in the micro-excavation and recovery of neonatal remains from pot burials. This included teaching archaeological photography, planning (on paper and with digital images), how to excavate bones from the matrix, sieving, identification of the bones and dentition, and conservation.

Educational Background

  • PhD in Bioarchaeology, Institute of Archaeology, UCL, 2007-2011. Thesis title: Human behaviour and the temporomandibular joint
    Supervisors: Professor Simon Hillson, Dr Daniel Antoine, and Dr Louise Martin
  • MSc with Distinction in Skeletal and Dental Bioarchaeology, Institute of Archaeology, UCL, 2006-2007. Dissertation title: Temporomandibular joint disorders and the relationship with dental attrition in Medieval and post-Medieval British assemblages
  • BA in Physical Anthropology with minor in Japanese, University of New Mexico, USA, 2000-2005

Current students

  • Kate Gafner Understanding the Thermal Alteration of Cranial Blunt Force Trauma Fractures
  • Aaron Gasparik Analysing Temporal and Geographical Variation in the Prevelance of Rotator Cuff Disease in Skeletal Assemblages throughout Britain (joint principal supervisor with Tony Waldron)
  • Cara Hirst A 3D geometric morphometric analysis of human mandibular variation over time among English archaeological assemblages  (principal supervisor Simon Hillson
  • Ioana Macoveciuc A Biomechanical and Human-Based Approach to Gait Analysis and Recognition: Evaluating Age, Sex and General Gait Patterns in Adolescents and Young Adults [with the UCL Department of Crime and Security Science]
  • Lisa Monetti Evidence of changing cremation practices in Britain through analysis of cremated human remains
  • Rachael Carew An investigation into 3D printing of osteological remains: the metrology and ethics of virtual anthropology [with the UCL JDI Institute for the Forensic Sciences]
  • Agathe Ribereau-Gayon An investigation of the impact of the aquatic environment on the decomposition process of human corpses submerged in oceanic conditions: A retrospective empirical study for forensic applications [with the UCL JDI Institute for the Forensic Sciences]
  • Sian Smith The Analysis of Sharp-Force Trauma using 3D Computational Photography Methods [with the UCL JDI Institute for the Forensic Sciences]
  • David Colas Aberg Immature porcine long bones under bending loads: Adding to the foundational knowledge base on abusive and non-abusive paediatric long bone fractures [with the UCL JDI Institute for the Forensic Sciences]
  • Erin DuBois An Examination of the Spatial Distribution of Tissue Fragments created during an Explosive Event [with the UCL JDI Institute for the Forensic Sciences]
  • Thomas Siek Reconsidering the Paleoepidemiology of Neoplastic Disease, with Reference to Medieval Poland [UCL Institute of Archaeology]
  • Melissa Dobson Intervertebral disc disease: its prevalence, distribution and relationship to other spinal pathology in two assemblages from medieval and post-medieval Chichester, England [UCL Institute of Archaeology]

Completed Students

  • Sherry Nakhaeizadeh Cognitive Bias and Forensic Anthropology: The Power of Context in the Interpretation of Skeletal Remains [with the UCL JDI Institute for the Forensic Sciences]
  • Stacy Hackner Subsistence strategy and tibial shape: identifying variation in activity across the Sudanese landscape [UCL Institute of Archaeology]

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