Institute of Archaeology


Dr Carolyn Rando

Associate Professor

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
24th Mar 2011

Research summary

I am a broadly trained physical/biological anthropologist, with specialist expertise in the areas of: Bioarchaeology, Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Archaeology, Osteology, Palaeopathology, Dental Anthropology, Archaeological Science and Forensic Science.

Completed PhD Students:

2022 Lisa Monetti ‘Evidence of variation in patterns of specific funerary ritual in Roman Britain based on analysis of cremated human remains

2021 Aaron Gasparik ‘Rotator cuff disease in antiquity’ 

2020 Ioana Macovecuic 'Utility of gait as a biological characteristic in forensic investigations'

2019 Thomas Siek 'Reconsidering the palaeoepidemiology of Neoplastic Disease'

2019 Cara Hirst 'How does the mandible reflect dietary change?'

2018 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'

2018 Erin DuBois ‘An Examination of the Spatial Distribution of Tissue Fragments created during an Explosive Event'

2017 Sherry Nakhaeizadeh ‘Cognitive Bias and Forensic Anthropology: The Power of Context in the Interpretation of Skeletal Remains’

2017 Stacy Hackner ‘Subsistence strategy and tibial shape: identifying variation in activity across the Sudanese landscape’

Teaching summary

Degree Co-ordinator MSc Bioarchaeological and Forensic Anthropology

(On Sabbatical 2022-2023)

Module Co-ordinator: ARCL0119 Forensic Anthropology

Module Co-ordinator: ARCL0181 Advanced Forensic Anthropology


UCL Institute of Archaeology
Doctorate, PhD In Bioarchaeology |
University College London
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2007
University of New Mexico
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 2005


Born in the USA, transplanted to the UK in 2006. 

BA in Biological Anthropology from the University of New Mexico (2005)

MSc Skeletal and Dental Bioarchaeology at the UCL Institute of Archaeology (2007)

PhD in Bioarchaeology at the UCL Institute of Archaeology (2011)

Been teaching at the IoA since 2007. Joined the IoA Academic Staff as a Teaching Fellow in 2013, before taking up my Lectureship in 2017. 

Current PhD Supervisions (Primary):

  • Rain Basaran 'Identifying domestic violence related trauma in skeletal remains’
  • Karina Andersson 'A machine learning approach to sex estimation from the skull'
  • S Conner Welty ‘Diagnosing Down’s Syndrome from Skeletal Remains’ 
  • Elizabeth Church ‘A Photogrammetric Approach to Forensic Sex-Estimation’ 
  • Maura Griffiths ‘Utility of the juvenile dentition in sex estimation’ 
  • Marion Davidson ‘Cognitive Bias and Ancestry Estimation’
  • Katrina Gafner ‘The suitability of animal analogues in experimental burned remains research’
  • Melissa Dobson ‘Intervertebral disc disease: its prevalence, distribution and relationship to other spinal pathology in two assemblages from medieval and post-medieval Chichester, England’ 

Current PhD Supervisions (Secondary):

  • Panos Kratimenos ‘Burial position and mortuary practice as indicators of cultural and political change during the Maya ‘Collapse’ ’