Gabrielle Delbarre

Gabrielle Delbarre

  • 01202 961669
  • gdelbarre at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Demonstrator In Archaeology And Anthropology
  • Christchurch House C133, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Gabrielle Delbarre is an osteoarchaeologist and museum curator with interests in prehistoric populations, mortuary practices, Palaeolithic art, experimental archaeology, museum collections, and heritage interpretation. At Bournemouth University Gabrielle manages the Anthropology and Zooarchaeology labs and one of the largest university collections of human remains and faunal skeletal material in the South of England.

Journal Articles

  • Smith, M.J., Allen, M.J., Delbarre, G., Booth, T., Cheetham, P., Bailey, L., O'Malley, F., Pearson, M.P. and Green, M., 2016. Holding on to the past: Southern British evidence for mummification and retention of the dead in the Chalcolithic and Bronze Age. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 10, 744-756.
  • Bello, S., Delbarre, G., De Groote, I. and Parfitt, S., 2016. A newly discovered antler flint-knapping hammer and the question of their rarity in the Palaeolithic archaeological record: Reality or bias? Quaternary International, 403, 107-117.
  • Stringer, C., Delbarre, G., Hooker, J. and Kruszynski, R., 2015. Fossil care and fossil studies: Andy Currant, former curator of the fossil mammals collections at the Natural History Museum, London. Geological Journal, 50 (3), 224-229.
  • Bello, S., De Groote, I. and Delbarre, G., 2013. Application of 3-dimensional microscopy and micro-CT scanning to the analysis of Magdalenian portable art on bone and antler. Journal of archaeological science, 40 (5), 2464-2476.
  • Bello, S., Delbarre, G., Parfitt, S., Currant, A., Kruszynski, R. and Stringer, C., 2013. Lost and found. The remarkable curatorial history of one of the earliest discoveries of Palaeolithic portable art. Antiquity, 87 (335), 237-244.
  • Delbarre, G., Clegg, M., Kruszynski, R. and Bonney, H., 2012. A New Known Age and Sex Collection at the Natural History Museum, London. BAR International Series, 2380, 103-110.


  • Smith, M., Allen, M., Booth, T., Madgwick, R., Bailey, L., O'Malley, F., Delbarre, G. and Green, M., 2014. Keeping the Family Together: Curation, Imitation and Veneration of the Dead in a British Prehistoric Landscape. In: European Archaeology Association Meeting September 2014 Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Delbarre, G., Bello, S. and Parfitt, S., 2011. Magdalenian bone and antler artefacts: a re-discovery within the Natural History Museum collections. In: Ancient Human Occupation of Britain 3. "Dispersals of Early Human: Adaptations, frontiers and new territories" May 2011 Queen Mary University. London.


  • Delbarre, G., Pitman, D., Smith, M., Wilkes, E., Darvill, T. and Holloway, M., 2017. Exploring Science and Archaeology @ Bournemouth Heritage Centres. In: Pitt Rivers Annual Conference, Bournemouth University.
  • Delbarre, G., 2016. Archaeology in the community: Exploring the past at Bournemouth Heritage Centres. In: Palaeolithic - Mesolithic Conference, British Museum, London.
  • Delbarre, G., Smith, M., Green, M., Sykes, D. and Summerfield, R., 2015. The Hole Truth: Evidence for Curation of the Dead in Bronze Age Canada Farm, Dorset, UK. In: 17th Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology. Sheffield..
  • Delbarre, G., Barton, N. and Holloway, M., 2013. Connecting with the Past: the new Heritage Centre @ Hengistbury Head, Dorset, UK. In: Theoretical Archaeology Group Annual Conference. Bournemouth.
  • Delbarre, G., Hunt, V. and Kruszynski, R., 2012. Curating the Dead in the Digital Age: the British Neolithic Collection at the Natural History Museum, London. In: 14th Annual Conference of hte British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology. Bournemouth.