Institute of Archaeology


Victoria Yorke-Edwards

Obesity in London 1700-1850: the osteoarchaeological and archival evidence


Email: v.yorke-edwards@ucl.ac.uk
Section: Archaeological Sciences



Obesity in London 1700-1850: the osteoarchaeological and archival evidence

Victoria's doctoral research assesses the evidence for obesity amongst the expanding middle and professional classes of London between 1700 and 1850. This work includes skeletal analyses of assemblages representing the wealthy and poor members of London, from St. Bride's Crypt, *** Farringdon Street, Crossbones and Chelsea Old Church sites, assessing skeletons for the diseases associated with obesity (osteoarthritis and diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis), and for measures of robusticity in the femur and lumbar vertebrae. Archival work focusses in on the contemporary commentaries and the medical view of obesity during the period, investigating the medical texts of the period, and putting them into context through more widely read contemporary publications including newspapers, magazines, cartoons, and dictionaries.

A Data Scientist at the MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL, she has a particular interest in issues around data collection, processing, analysis and sharing, and is the co-Editor of the Journal of Open Archaeology Data.


    • BA Archaeology, UCL 2000
    • MSc Forensic Archaeological Science, UCL 2002