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Simon Hillson
  • simon.hillson@ucl.ac.uk
  • Direct: +44 (0)20 7679 4784
  • Internal: 24784
  • Room 312
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Simon Hillson

Research Interests

  • Dental anthropology
  • Bioarchaeology of growth in ancient children
  • Impact of past diets and way of life on tooth wear and disease

Current Research Projects

Astypalaia bioarchaeology programme

A collaboration since 1999 with the Ephorate of Antiquities of the Dodecanese.  The project is a biological study of burials from the largest ancient children’s cemetery in the world.  Each summer there is a field school. 

Dental study of burials from Jebel Sahaba, Sudan

A collaboration from 2016 with Dr Daniel Antoine at the British Museum.  Some of the skeletons have just gone on display.

Research Directory Records

Educational Background

  • BSc Geology & Archaeology, University of Birmingham.
  • PhD Institute of Archaeology, University of London.

Current Students

  • Cara Hirst A 3D geometric morphometric analysis of human mandibular variation over time amoung English archaeological assemblages  (second supervisor Carolyn Rando)
  • Katharine Griffiths An investigation of gender in juvenile burials using dental morphometrics to assign biological sex (second supervisor Ruth Whitehouse)
  • Stacy Hackner Bending Stress and Midshaft Shape Change in the Human Leg (second supervisor Tony Waldron)
  • Anna Moles Urbanism and its impact on human health: a long - term study at Knossos, Crete (joint principal supervisor with Todd Whitelaw
  • Suzanna White  The taxonomic status of Homo heidelbergensis sensu lato: A 3D geometric morphometric investigation of craniofacial variation (second supervisor Christophe Soligo
  • Rebecca Whiting Human behaviour and adaptation during a period of cultural, social and environmental change: the dental anthropology of the inhabitants of the 4th Cataract, Sudan (second supervisor Daniel Antoine) 
  • Victoria Yorke-Edwards Obesity in London 1700-1850: the archival and osteoarchaeological evidence (second supervisors Tony Waldron and Gustav Milne)

Secondary Supervision

  • Meghan Banton Diarrhoea, Dysentery and the Clap: Connecting the Soldiering Lifestyle to Literary and Skeletal Evidence of Reactive Arthritides Induced by Gastrointestinal and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (principal supervisor Tony Waldron)
  • Valentina Bernardi Spinal Pathology in relation to social status in the Forth Cataract, Sudan (principal supervisor Tony Waldron)
  • Donna Harrison A comparison of morphological and metrical methods used to estimate sex in adult and juvenile skeletal material (principal supervisor Tony Waldron)

Previous Students

  • Emmy Bocaege Enamel defects as indicators of childhood stress in the Neolithic Near East (second supervisor Anna Clement)
  • Brenna Hassett Changing World, Changing Lives: Enamel Hypoplasia and Child Health in Post Medieval London (joint supervision with Daniel Antoine)
  • Tania Kausmally William Hewson and the Craven Street Anatomy School (second supervisor Louise Martin)
  • Carolyn Rando Human behavior and the temporomandibular joint (second supervisor Louise Martin)
  • Nancy Tang Root dentine translucency and its correlation to chronological Age in Archaeological Human Remains (second supervisor Daniel Antoine)
  • Velissaria Vanna How different was life in a Hellenistic town to 20th century Greek urban life? A biological approach (second supervisor Ken Thomas)

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