Institute of Archaeology

Dr Sarah Stark

Dr Sarah Stark

Associate Lecturer (Teaching) in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Archaeology

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2020

Research summary

My research interests explore human morphological adaptations and the mechanisms which drive phenotype variation throughout the life course in evolutionary and archaeological contexts. Currently, I am investigating the process of long bone growth and development and cranial morphology. In particular,  how environmental impacts shape human adaptation and biomechanics. Additionally, my research focuses on health and disease processes on past population dynamics and investigating these relationships through survival probabilities. I am also interested in digitization techniques for collection preservation, teaching, research and heritage sectors.

Teaching summary

Associate Lecturer for courses in MSc Bioarchaeological and Forensic Anthropology


Recent Professional History 

2020 (Sept) -: Associate Lecturer in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology, UCL Institute of Archaeology

2020 (Jan-Aug): Sessional Lecturer in Bioarchaeology, University of Southampton

2019 (June-Dec): Contract Osteologist, Canterbury Archaeological Trust

2019 (Jan-June): Project Manager, SVMPharma, UK

2018-19: Data Analyst, HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area), UK

2018 (Jan-Aug): Research Fellow, Amara West Research Project, British Museum, Canterbury Christ Church, and University of Southampton

Educational Background

2018 PhD Archaeology, University of Southampton, UK
Thesis: Shape of Childhood: A Morphometric Growth Study from Anglo-Saxon to Post-medieval England.

2013 MA Osteoarchaeology, University of Southampton, UK
Dissertation: Sexual Dimorphism of the Foramen Magnum: A Statistical and Morphological Approach

2010 BA Anthropology, San Francisco State University, USA
Special Studies: Cribra Orbitalia and Porotic Hyperostosis in Wari Populations

I am currently working in collaboration with the following research group:

  • Southampton Monument and Vault Initiative Project (SMVI) in collaboration with Dr Simon Mays of Historic England and SMVI. This work focuses on photographing and 3D modelling human remains to monitor conservation and preservation.