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Lisa Monetti

Development of analytical methodology for inference of variation in human bone burning scenarios: a transdisciplinary approach

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Email: lisa.monetti.16@ucl.ac.uk
Section: Archaeological Sciences

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Evidence of changing cremation practices in Britain through analysis of cremated human remains

Through analysis of cremated human remains, as well as a comprehensive literature review and applications of theoretical frameworks from physical and social sciences, this research aims to develop comprehensive methodology for inferring changing funerary practice in Britain over time. This will be done by observing fracture and morphometric patterns in the bones in conjuncture with FTIR spectroscopy, anthropological analysis, and contextual literature review. Towards inference of funerary behaviours in a context with a paucity of material evidence, data are structured within theoretical frameworks from social and physical sciences to better understand materiality, embodiment, and memory formation and recall. Combined, this allows for a comprehensive interpretation of funerary practice and burning scenario as well as the development of methodology which can be applied to both forensic and archaeological contexts.

Education

    • BA Anthropology, Montclair State University, 2014
    • MSc Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology, University College London, 2017
    Publications

    Monetti, L; Gafner, K; Thompson, TJU. (forthcoming). ‘Introduction to the special issue on Trial by Fire’. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.

    Monetti, L.; Voulgari, M.; Karagiorgou, I; and Moraitis, K. (2021). ‘Macroscopic determination of the pre-burning condition of human remains recovered from an unusual forensic context: A case report’. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 78. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jflm.2020.102115

    Hirst, C.S., Rivera, M.B.C., Siek, T., Monetti, L., Carew, R.M., and White, S. (2020). ‘Digital Dilemma 2018: Digital Presentations in Biological Anthropology and Bioarchaeology’. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology, 29(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.444.2041-9015.1171

    Hirst C. & White S. & Rivera M. & Monetti L. & Carew R. and Siek T., (2020). ‘Digital Dilemma 2018’. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology, 29(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.2041-9015.010

    Monetti, L. and Gafner, K. (2020). ‘Trial by Fire Conference 2019’ In French, J. A Selection of News from the Institute. Archaeology International, 22. https://www.scienceopen.com/document/read?vid=f507c04a-1ee6-4aa6-9bfe-b1075648ee39

    Conference Papers

    European Association of Archaeologists Annual Meeting 2019, University of Bern, Switzerland:
    Analysis of funerary practice through interpretation of fracture patterns on cremated human remains: A pilot study: Monetti, L

    British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology Annual Conference 2019, Natural History Museum, London: Analysis of funerary practice through interpretation of fracture patterns on cremated human remains: A pilot study: Monetti, L. and Rando, C.

    British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology Annual Conference 2019, Natural History Museum, London: Chronic gout in mature adult males from post medieval Chichester: (poster) Watts, R., Gasparik, A., Monetti, L., Rando, C., and Waldron, T.

    Cremations, Urns, and Mobility in Belgium Workshop 2019, Université Libre de Bruxelles: Towards a holistic approach to the study of cremation funerary behaviours: (poster) Monetti, L. and Rando, C.

    Trial By Fire conference 2019, University College London: Reconstructing the scenario of the burning event in a case involving human remains recovered from a forensic context: Voulgari, M., Karagiorgou, I., Monetti, L., and Moraitis, K.

    American Association of Forensic Sciences Annual Scientific Meeting 2018, Seattle, Washington: Fracture pattern comparison between pig and human crania cremated on open-air pyre: (poster) Monetti, L. and Rando, C.

    Graduate Archaeology at Oxford 2018, Oxford University: Chaos in experimental burned remains literature: Monetti, L. and Gafner, K.

    Skeletons, Stories, and Social Bodies 2018, Southampton University: The use of the skull in contemporary imagery: Siek, T. and Monetti, L.