Nivien Speith

Dr Nivien Speith

  • 01202 961669
  • nspeith at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Demonstrator in Anthropology
  • Christchurch House C131, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Biography

I am a bioarchaeologist and physical anthropologist, and joined the School of Applied Sciences in 2013 as Demonstrator in Anthropology. I currently support and teach courses in Human Osteology and Skeletal Analysis, Forensic Anthropology, Biological and Applied Anthropology, and Forensic Archaeology. Further, I am managing and curating the human remains held in the Bournemouth Human Skeletal Collections and, together with my colleagues at BU, serve as specialist and consultant for the analysis of human remains from archaeological excavations and as forensic anthropologist.

The multiple facets of anthropology and bioarchaeology offer great opportunities to explore lives past and present, and I am fascinated by the opportunities to combine interdisciplinary approaches to the past in a biocultural framework. My research interests comprise biological anthropology, bioarchaeology, funerary and social archaeology, human skeletal biology and palaeopathology. In particular, I am interested in exploring identities from archaeological, biological, and socio-cultural as well as historical perspectives...

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Research

1) Social bioarchaeology: My research focuses on the exploration of identity, approached from archaeological, biological, and socio-cultural as well as historical perspectives and investigated from a strongly interdisciplinary angle. Currently, I am developing approaches towards a palaeopathology and bioarchaeology of social ranking, primarily using cemetery evidence from early-medieval Alamannia. Furthermore, I am exploring "warrior identity" from a biocultural angle, focusing on community and individual as well as the influence of "local biologies".

2) Working Group "Occupation": This international working group, in conjunction with two other working groups on Terminology and Methods, is conducting research towards a standardization of using the analysis of entheseal changes in bioarchaeological analysis: (http://www.uc.pt/en/cia/events/msm/msm_after)

3) Associate Researcher, SFB (Collaborative Research Center) for Interdisciplinary Studies, Teilprojekt B06 “Mensch und Ressourcen in Völkerwanderungszeit und frühem Mittelalter” (Departments of Archaeology, Ethnology, History and Religion, Economic Sciences, Universität Tübingen, Germany; principal investigators: Prof J Wahl, Prof H Härke, Prof J Baten): http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/en/research/core-research/collaborative-research-centers/sfb-1070/projects/projektbereich-b-bewegungen/teilprojekt-b-06.html

Favourites

  • Speith, N., 2012. Skeletal Evidence of the Social Persona: Life, death and society in early medieval Alamannic communities. PhD Thesis. University of Bradford, Division of Archaeological, Geographical and Environmental Sciences, School of Life Sciences.

Journal Articles

  • Villotte, S., Assis, S., Cardoso, F.A., Henderson, C.Y., Mariotti, V., Milella, M., Pany-Kucera, D., Speith, N., Wilczak, C.A. and Jurmain, R., 2016. In search of consensus: Terminology for entheseal changes (EC). International Journal of Paleopathology, 13, 49-55.
  • Speith, N., Milella, M., Alves Cardoso, F., Perréard Lopreno, G. and Assis, S., 2015. Exploring the relationship between entheseal changes and physical activity: a multivariate study. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 156 (2), 215-223.
  • Russell, M., Cheetham, P., Evans, D., Gerdau-Radonic, K., Hambleton, E., Hewitt, I., Manley, H., Speith, N. and Smith, M., 2015. The Durotriges Project, Phase Two: an interim statement. Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society, 136, 157-161.
  • Speith, N., 2015. Exploring Lived Identities Via Bioarchaeological Analysis: Local Biologies and Social Identities of the Alamanni. International Journal of Paleopathology (in prep.).
  • Speith, N., Speith, N. et al., 2014. Enthesiale Veraenderungen (Entheseal changes), In: Neue Erkenntnisse zur frühmittelalterlichen Separatgrablege von Niederstotzingen, Kreis Heidenheim (New results from the cemetery of Niederstotzingen). Fundberichte aus Baden-Württemberg, 34 (2), 341-390.
  • Perreard Lopreno, G, Alves Cardoso, F, Assis, S, Milella, M and Speith, N., 2013. Categorization of Occupation in Documented Skeletal Collections: Its Relevance for the Interpretation of Activity-Related Osseous Changes. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 23 (2), 175-185.

Conferences

  • Schutkowski, H. and Speith, N., 2017. Between Land and Sea – Bioarchaeological Dynamics at Middle Bronze Age Sidon, Lebanon. In: 86th Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists 19-22 April 2017 New Orleans. Wiley: 12 months, 351.
  • Speith, N., 2015. Care for the afterlife? A bioarchaeological investigation of a Romano-British decapitation burial. In: PALEOPATHOLOGY ASSOCIATION 42nd Annual North American Meeting 24-25 March 2015 ST. Louis, Missouri.
  • Speith, N., 2014. Exploring Lived Identities Via Bioarchaeological Analysis: Local Biologies and Social Identities of the Alamanni. In: 41th Annual Meeting of the Paleopathology Association (PPA) 8 April-9 January 2014 Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Elsevier.
  • Speith, N. and Knusel, C.J., 2014. Shielded Identities, Bioarchaeological Revelations: Portrait of a Warrior. In: BABAO Annual Conference 13-15 September 2013 York.
  • Speith, N., Schutkowski, H., Mikulski, R. and Sołtysiak, A., 2014. Patterns of disease at Sidon, Lebanon – a Middle bronze Age population in regional diachronic comparison. In: 20th European Meeting of the Paleopathology Association (PPA) 26-29 August 2014 Lund, Sweden.
  • Speith, N., 2014. Mobile lives, mobile biologies: Tracing social ranking in the bioarchaeological record. In: 16th Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO) 12-14 September 2014 Durham, UK.
  • Speith, N. and Knusel, C.J., 2013. Shielded in death, not in life: Trauma and facets of warriorhood identity in early medieval Alamannia. In: 40th Annual Paleopathology Association (PPA) Meeting April 2013 Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • Speith, N., 2013. The manly tale of warriorhood: A bespoke identity in the light of funerary and osteological evidence. In: 35th Annual Conference of the Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) 16-18 December 2013 Bournemouth.
  • Speith, N. and Schutkowski, H., 2012. The interrelationship of diet and status in early medieval Alamannic societies. In: 81st Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) April 2013 Portland, Oregon.
  • Speith, N., Perréard Lopreno, G., Assis, S. and Milella, M., 2012. Working activities or workload? Categorization of occupation in identified skeletal series for the analysis of activity-related osseous changes. In: 81st Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) April 2012 Portland, Oregon.
  • Speith, N., 2012. Identity Matters: Frankish Perceptions and Alamannic Realities. In: Early Medieval Archaeology Student Symposium (EMASS) May 2012 UCL Institute of Archaeology, London.
  • Speith, N. and Schutkowski, H., 2012. Health, diet and gender - patterns of complex identity in early medieval Pleidelsheim. In: 19th European Meeting of the Paleopathology Association (PPA) August 2012 Lille, France.
  • Speith, N., 2012. ‘Skeletal’ identities of males in early medieval weapon burials. In: 14th Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO) September 2012 Bournemouth, UK.
  • Schutkowski, H. and Speith, N., 2012. The interrelationship of diet and status in early medieval Alamannic societies. 264.
  • Speith, N., 2011. Towards a differential identification of activity: Possibilities and limitations of tracing entheseal changes in archaeological populations. In: 12th Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO) September 2010 Cambridge, UK.
  • Speith, N., 2011. Identifying differential patterns of activity: Potentials and limits of tracing entheseal changes in archaeological populations. In: the 80th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) April 2011 Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Speith, N., 2010. Differential identification of activity-related markers: possibilities and limitations of tracing entheseal changes in archaeological populations. In: 18th European Meeting of the Paleopathology Association (PPA) August 2010 Vienna, Austria.
  • Speith, N. and Trautmann, I., 2009. Epidemic tuberculosis in the Early Medieval Period? Seven possible cases of tuberculosis among the burials from the Alamannic cemetery “Sulz am Eck“, Germany. In: 11th Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO) September 2009 Bradford.
  • Speith, N., 2008. Forensic Facial Reconstruction of the Mouth from Dentoskeletal Evidence - A Pilot Study. In: 10th Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO) September 2008 Oxford.

Reports

  • Speith, N., Smith, Martin J. and Cheetham, P., 2015. Forensic Anthropological Report on Human Remains discovered at 4 Angel Court, Shaftesbury, Dorset. Bournemouth University.
  • Speith, N., Schutkowski, H. and Smith, M., 2014. Report on Human Femur found at Fisherman’s Walk, Southbourne. Bournemouth University.
  • Speith, N., Schutkowski, H. and Smith, M., 2014. Forensic Anthropological Report on Skeletal Remains examined at Bournemouth East Mortuary Thursday 27th February 2014. Bournemouth University.

Theses

  • Speith, N., 2012. Skeletal Evidence of the Social Persona: Life, death and society in early medieval Alamannic communities. PhD Thesis. University of Bradford, Division of Archaeological, Geographical and Environmental Sciences, School of Life Sciences.
  • Speith, N., 2006. The Importance of Incisal Relationship and Lip Posture to Forensic Facial Reconstruction. Master's Thesis. University of Bradford.
  • Speith, N., 2005. Leptis Magna und Kyrene zur Zeit des Augustus: Romanisierung im antiken Libyen? Ein differenzierender Vergleich (Leptis Magna and Cyrene in the Augusteian period: Romanization in ancient Libya? A differentiating comparison). Master's Thesis. Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany.

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Principles and Methods in Human Osteology (formerly: Advanced Human Osteology)
  • Archaeology of Human Remains
  • Human Functional Anatomy
  • Bodies of Evidence (formerly: Human Skeletal Analysis)
  • Professional Practice in Forensic Science

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Practical Skills (Human Osteology)
  • Applied Anthropology
  • Bones, Bonobos and Bottlenecks (formerly: Human Osteology)

Invited Lectures

  • “Ador(n)ed warriors”: Bioarchaeology and the Tale of the Alamanni, University of Tuebingen
  • Activity-related Skeletal Changes: History and Research, University of Tuebingen
  • Les entheses - historique des recherches en anthropologie et actualité. (with G Perréard Lopreno) Paper and practical presented at the Workshop “Enthesopathies”, Arbeitsgruppe für Klinische Paläopathologie (AGHAS), Laboratoire d’archéologie préhistorique, Département d’anthropologie et d’écologie, Université de Genève (February 5th 2010)
  • Barbarians, rebels, warriors and peasants?” A Bioarchaeology of Alamannic Identities. Invited Speaker, University of Edinburgh Archaeology Society Lecture Series (November 15th 2011)
  • Symposium on Musculoskeletal Stress Markers, AAPA Conference 2012, Portland, Oregon, USA (April 12th 2012)
  • Lives lived and lives imagined: A bioarchaeology of the Alamanni, Invited Speaker, Research Laboratory for Archaeology & the History of Art (RLAHA) Seminar Series, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford (November 7th 2012)
  • Ranking food - Diet and social variation in early medieval populations from southwest Germany (with H. Schutkowski), Paper presented at the 34th Annual Conference of the Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG), Liverpool, UK
  • A warrior’s arms: ‘Skeletal’ identities of males in early medieval weapon burials, International Medieval Congress Leeds, Session “Bioarchaeology of the Lifecourse”(July 1st 2013).

Grants

  • Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Workshop Grant: Entheseal changes and reconstruction of human behavior: towards standardization (Wenner-Gren, 21 Jul 2013). Completed
  • Francis Raymond Hudson Memorial Fund (University of Bradford, 01 Jan 2011). Completed
  • Andy Jagger Fund (University of Bradford, 01 Jan 2011). Completed
  • Ochs Scholarship (British Archaeological Association, 01 Jan 2011). Completed
  • AHRC Doctoral Award (open competition, Grant no. 2008/140614) (AHRC, 01 Oct 2008). Completed

External Responsibilities

  • Anthropologischer Anzeiger (journal), reviewer (2014-)
  • University of Tuebingen, Associated Researcher (2013-)
  • International Working Group “Occupation”, Co-Founder, Committee Member & Co-Speaker (2009-), http://www.uc.pt/en/cia/people/WinMSM; IJO Special Issue (2013): Entheseal changes and reconstruction of human behaviour towards standardisation
  • American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Reviewer
  • International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, Reviewer
  • Palaeopathology Association (PPA), Newsletter Editor (Editor-Elect in 2013) (2013-2018), http://www.paleopathology.org/

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Festival of Learning 2014: "Bones, Germs, and Foods" (with H Schutkowski)
  • Newsletter Editor, Paleopathology Association (PPA)

Networks

  • Women’s Academic Network BU
  • Human Remains Specialists Network (SSN)

Conference Presentations

  • 42nd Annual North American Meeting of the Paleopathology Association, 24 March 2015, St. Louis, Missouri
  • International Medieval Congress (IMC), 1 July 2013, Leeds
  • 10th Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO), 12 September 2008, Oxford
  • 11th Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO), 11 September 2009, Bradford, UK
  • 18th European Meeting of the Paleopathology Association (PPA), 24 August 2010, Vienna, Austria
  • 12th Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO), 17 September 2010, Cambridge
  • 80th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA), 12 April 2011, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 81st Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA), 18 April 2012, Portland, Oregon
  • 19th European Meeting of the Paleopathology Association (PPA), 20 August 2012, Lille, France
  • 14th Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO), 14 September 2012, Bournemouth
  • 40th Annual Paleopathology Association (PPA) Meeting, 8 April 2013, Knoxville, TN
  • 15th Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO), 13 September 2013, York, UK
  • 35th Annual Conference of the Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG), 16 December 2013, Bournemouth
  • 20th European Meeting of the Paleopathology Association (PPA), 26 August 2014, Lund, Sweden
  • 16th Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO), 12 September 2014, Durham, UK
  • 41th Annual Meeting of the Paleopathology Association (PPA), 8 April 2014, Calgary, Canada

Qualifications

  • MA in Classical Archaeology, History of Art (Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen, 2005)
  • MSc in Forensic Anthropology (University of Bradford, 2006)
  • PhD in Bioarchaeology (University of Bradford, 2012)

Honours

  • Associate Fellow (Higher Education Academy, 2015)
  • Ochs Scholarship (British Archaeological Association, 2011)
  • IJPP Early Career Award: award for especially meritorious meeting papers (International Journal of Paleopathology & Palaeopathology Association, 2014)
  • Best Podium Presentation, 18th European Meeting of the Paleopathology Association (PPA), Vienna, Austria (Paleopathology Association (PPA), 2010)

Memberships

  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Member, http://physanth.org/
  • British Archaeological Association (BAA), Member, http://www.archaeologyuk.org/baa/
  • British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO), Member, http://www.babao.org.uk/
  • Gesellschaft für Anthropologie (GfA), Member (-2014),
  • Paleopathology Association, Newsletter Editor, http://www.paleopathology.org/
  • Royal Anthropological Institute, Fellow (2014-),
  • UK Network of German Academics (DAAD / German Embassy London), Member,
  • University of Exeter, Department of Archaeology, Honorary University Fellow (2012-2013),
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