Institute of Archaeology

Dr Katie Hemer

Dr Katie Hemer

Lecturer in Bioarchaeology & Forensic Anthropology

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
1st Jan 2022

Research summary

Research Interests:

Study of human skeletal remains from the early medieval period (5th-11th century AD). My research combines osteological analysis with skeletal histology and biomolecular techniques such as stable isotope analysis, to explore themes such as past population health, dietary reconstruction, migration, and childhood in the past.

Teaching summary

I am currently the programme leader for the MSc Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology (2022-2023).

I co-ordinate ARCL0114 - Morphology and Palaeopathology of the Human Skeleton, and co-teach ARCL0117 - Methods and Issues in Bioarchaeology and Palaeoepidemiology

During my previous appointment at the University of Sheffield, I taught across all levels, both undergraduate and postgraduate, and was the programme leader of the MSc Archaeological Science.  



Jan 2022 -  present: Lecturer in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology, UCL Institute of Archaeology.
2020-21: Senior Lecturer in Bioarchaeology, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield.
2017-19: Lecturer in Bioarchaeology, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield.
2013-17: University of Sheffield Vice Chancellor’s Fellow, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield.
2012-15: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield.

2011-12: Associate University Teacher, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield


2018-19: Certificate in Learning and Teaching / Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
2007- 2010: PhD, University of Sheffield. Thesis: ‘In the Realm of Saints: A Reconstruction of Life and Death in Early Medieval Wales and the Isle of Man’, (supervised by A. Chamberlain and D.M. Hadley).
2008-10: Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (Associate Fellow of the HEA), University of Sheffield.
2006-07: MSc in Biomolecular Archaeology, University of Sheffield. 
2005-06: MSc in Palaeopathology, Durham University. 
2002-05: BA (Hons Cantab) Archaeology and Anthropology, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge.