Institute of Archaeology


Dr Katie Hemer

Lecturer in Bioarchaeology & Forensic Anthropology

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
1st Jan 2022

Research summary

Bioarchaeology; Human Skeletal Remains, Early Medieval Wales, Anglo-Saxon England, 5th-11th century AD, Stable isotope analysis, Histology, Archaeology of Childhood.

Co-director of the St Patrick's Chapel Excavation Project (with Ken Murphy, Dyfed Archaeological Trust)

Teaching summary

Katie is currently the programme leader for the MSc Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology. She teaches modules on skeletal anatomy, palaeopathology and biomolecular archaeology (from Sept '23).  


Katie A. Hemer joined the Institute of Archaeology in January 2022 after a number of years as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield. Katie specialises in the study of human skeletal remains excavated from early medieval (5th-11th century AD) cemetery sites in Britain. She combines osteological analysis with skeletal histology and biomolecular techniques (e.g. stable isotope analysis) to explore past population health, dietary reconstruction, migration, and childhood in the past. She has excavated a number of sites in the UK, and currently co-directs the St Patrick's Chapel Excavation Project in collaboration with Dyfed Archaeological Trust. She is a strong advocate and speaker of the Welsh language, and has presented her work through the Welsh language channel, S4C, on a number of occasions. A central element of Katie's research is the archaeology of childhood; she co-authored a book, Medieval Childhood: Archaeological Approaches, and is President of the Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past (SSCIP)