Shirley Curtis-Summers

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I have been associated with Big Heritage since 2012 as a consultant Bioarchaeologist on the Roman Medicine Roadshow, with my main focus being on the osteology (bone) workshops. I am happiest when engaging with and inspiring children and adults about what can be learnt about people from the past, through their bones, and how we can apply that knowledge to our society today.

I am currently a tutor at the University of Liverpool and teach various disciplines including medieval history, bioarchaeology, and human anatomy. I gained a first-class honours degree in Archaeological Science from the University of Liverpool; a Masters (with distinction) in Human Osteology and Palaeopathology from the University of Bradford and a PhD in Bioarchaeology from the University of Liverpool. My most recent research has focused on reconstructing past lifeways (aspects of diet, health and disease) of religious communities in medieval Britain, through osteology and stable isotope methods.

Favourite Historic Site/Monument: Machrie Moor and any Pictish stone site.

I love archaeology because: the finds are old, the people are great and the stories are limitless.

Interesting Facts: I used to do kung fu (I can wield a deadly walking stick) but I gave it up when archaeology took over my life. I now do archery and spend many an hour dreaming I’m at Agincourt! I like a range of music, (from Bach to Bowie), I love single malt whisky and my favourite place to visit is the Scottish Highlands.

Shirley Curtis-Summers BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Consultant Bioarchaeologist