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Dr Heather Bonney

Dr Heather Bonney

Collections Manager, Anthropology

Department: Earth Sciences
Division: ES Vertebrates and Anthropology Palaeobiology

Specialisms

Analysis of trauma, Forensic anthropology, Forensic archaeology, Human Osteology, Physical anthropology, Repatriation

Summary

I'm the Collections Manager responsible for the human remains (comprised of approximately 20,000 individuals) and Anthropology collections, and manage the Anthropology curatorial team. I also manage the Human Remains Data Collection Project which aims to record a standardised data set from the collection, including microCT and laser scans, for the facilitation of research. I'm a practicing Forensic Anthropologist, specialising in the identification and analysis of human remains in criminal and civil cases. I'm also regularly involved in science communication activities such as Crime Scene Live and run the @NHM_Forensics Twitter account. I contribute lectures to a number of undergraduate and postgraduate university programmes. My research interests lie in the field of Forensic Anthropology, particularly in the analysis of trauma, morphology of tool marks and mechanical properties in human bone. I'm a member of the Steering Committee for the British Association for Forensic Anthropology.

Qualifications

Degrees

BSc(hons) Forensic Science, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom

MSc Human Osteology & Funerary Archaeology, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

PhD Forensic Science, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom

Employment history

Academic

Collections Manager, Human Remains and Repatriation, Natural History Museum, London, UK, 2015 - ongoing

Human Remains Data Collection Project Manager, Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom, 2008 - 2014

Lecturer/Research Assistant, University of Lincoln, Department of Forensic and Biomedical Sciences, United Kingdom, 2005 - 2008

Highlighted publications

Bonney HE (2014) Richard III: skeletal evidence of perimortem trauma. The Lancet, doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61253-8

Bonney H (2014) An investigation of the use of discriminant analysis for the classification of blade edge type from cut marks made by metal and bamboo blades. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 154 (4) : 575 - 584. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.22558

Redfern R, Bonney H (2014) Headhunting and amphitheatre combat in Roman London, England: new evidence from the Walbrook Valley. Journal of Archaeological Science, 43 : 214 - 226. doi: 10.1016/j.jas.2013.12.013

Bonney H (2013) Sorcery and shipwrecks: Headhunting in the Torres Strait Islands, In: The Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Human Conflict, Knüsel C, Smith M (Eds). Routledge : London.

Bonney H, Colston BJ, Goodman AM (2011) Regional variation in the mechanical properties of cortical bone from the porcine femur. Medical Engineering & Physics, 33 (4) : 513 - 520. doi: 10.1016/j.medengphy.2010.12.002

Fellowships

Royal Anthropological Institute,

Committees

Member, British Association for Forensic Anthropology Steering Committee, 2014 - on going.

Memberships

Member, British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteology.

Member, Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Publications

Bonney HE (2014) Richard III: skeletal evidence of perimortem trauma. The Lancet, doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61253-8

Bonney H (2014) An investigation of the use of discriminant analysis for the classification of blade edge type from cut marks made by metal and bamboo blades. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 154 (4) : 575 - 584. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.22558

Redfern R, Bonney H (2014) Headhunting and amphitheatre combat in Roman London, England: new evidence from the Walbrook Valley. Journal of Archaeological Science, 43 : 214 - 226. doi: 10.1016/j.jas.2013.12.013

Bonney H (2014) The validity of Sus scrofa as a model for human cadavers in experimental trauma stud 04C0 ies: regional variation in the mechanical properties of porcine long bones and classification of cut mark profile morphology. PhD Thesis.

Bonney H (2013) Sorcery and shipwrecks: Headhunting in the Torres Strait Islands, In: The Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Human Conflict, Knüsel C, Smith M (Eds). Routledge : London.

Bonney H, Clegg M (2011) The Collection and Use of Skulls in the Torres Strait Islands, In: The Bioarchaeology of the Human Head: Decapitation, Decoration and Deformation, Bonogofsky M (Eds). University Press of Florida : Gainsville, Florida. 51 - 66.

Bonney H, Colston BJ, Goodman AM (2011) Regional variation in the mechanical properties of cortical bone from the porcine femur. Medical Engineering & Physics, 33 (4) : 513 - 520. doi: 10.1016/j.medengphy.2010.12.002

Bonney H, Clegg M (2009) Friend or foe: Heads as memorials and status symbols in the Torres Strait Islands. Program of the Seventy-Eighth Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, American Jour 3651 nal of Physical Anthropology, 138 (Issue S48) :

Media

Broadcasts

Saturday Live, BBC Radio 4, 2013.

When Rome Ruled: Doomsday Pompeii, National Geographic, 2011.

Museum of Life, BBC 2, 2010.

Introduction

Summary

I'm the Collections Manager responsible for the human remains (comprised of approximately 20,000 individuals) and Anthropology collections, and manage the Anthropology curatorial team. I also manage the Human Remains Data Collection Project which aims to record a standardised data set from the collection, including microCT and laser scans, for the facilitation of research. I'm a practicing Forensic Anthropologist, specialising in the identification and analysis of human remains in criminal and civil cases. I'm also regularly involved in science communication activities such as Crime Scene Live and run the @NHM_Forensics Twitter account. I contribute lectures to a number of undergraduate and postgraduate university programmes. My research interests lie in the field of Forensic Anthropology, particularly in the analysis of trauma, morphology of tool marks and mechanical properties in human bone. I'm a member of the Steering Committee for the British Association for Forensic Anthropology.

Qualifications

Degrees

BSc(hons) Forensic Science, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom

MSc Human Osteology & Funerary Archaeology, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

PhD Forensic Science, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom

Employment history

Academic

Collections Manager, Human Remains and Repatriation, Natural History Museum, London, UK, 2015 - ongoing

Human Remains Data Collection Project Manager, Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom, 2008 - 2014

Lecturer/Research Assistant, University of Lincoln, Department of Forensic and Biomedical Sciences, United Kingdom, 2005 - 2008

Highlighted publications

Bonney HE (2014) Richard III: skeletal evidence of perimortem trauma. The Lancet, doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61253-8

Bonney H (2014) An investigation of the use of discriminant analysis for the classification of blade edge type from cut marks made by metal and bamboo blades. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 154 (4) : 575 - 584. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.22558

Redfern R, Bonney H (2014) Headhunting and amphitheatre combat in Roman London, England: new evidence from the Walbrook Valley. Journal of Archaeological Science, 43 : 214 - 226. doi: 10.1016/j.jas.2013.12.013

Bonney H (2013) Sorcery and shipwrecks: Headhunting in the Torres Strait Islands, In: The Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Human Conflict, Knüsel C, Smith M (Eds). Routledge : London.

Bonney H, Colston BJ, Goodman AM (2011) Regional variation in the mechanical properties of cortical bone from the porcine femur. Medical Engineering & Physics, 33 (4) : 513 - 520. doi: 10.1016/j.medengphy.2010.12.002

Professional activities

Fellowships

Royal Anthropological Institute,

Committees

Member, British Association for Forensic Anthropology Steering Committee, 2014 - on going.

Memberships

Member, British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteology.

Member, Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Publications

Publications

Bonney HE (2014) Richard III: skeletal evidence of perimortem trauma. The Lancet, doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61253-8

Bonney H (2014) An investigation of the use of discriminant analysis for the classification of blade edge type from cut marks made by metal and bamboo blades. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 154 (4) : 575 - 584. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.22558

Redfern R, Bonney H (2014) Headhunting and amphitheatre combat in Roman London, England: new evidence from the Walbrook Valley. Journal of Archaeological Science, 43 : 214 - 226. doi: 10.1016/j.jas.2013.12.013

Bonney H (2014) The validity of Sus scrofa as a model for human cadavers in experimental trauma studies: regional variation in the mechanical properties of porcine long bones and classification of cut mark profile morphology. PhD Thesis.

Bonney H (2013) Sorcery and shipwrecks: Headhunting in the Torres Strait Islands, In: The Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Human Conflict, Knüsel C, Smith M (Eds). Routledge : London.

Bonney H, Clegg M (2011) The Collection and Use of Skulls in the Torres Strait Islands, In: The Bioarchaeology of the Human Head: Decapitation, Decoration and Deformation, Bonogofsky M (Eds). University Press of Florida : Gainsville, Florida. 51 - 66.

Bonney H, Colston BJ, Goodman AM (2011) Regional variation in the mechanical properties of cortical bone from the porcine femur. Medical Engineering & Physics, 33 (4) : 513 - 520. doi: 10.1016/j.medengphy.2010.12.002

Bonney H, Clegg M (2009) Friend or foe: Heads as memorials and status symbols in the Torres Strait Islands. Program of the Seventy-Eighth Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 138 (Issue S48) :

Impact and outreach

Media

Broadcasts

Saturday Live, BBC Radio 4, 2013.

When Rome Ruled: Doomsday Pompeii, National Geographic, 2011.

Museum of Life, BBC 2, 2010.

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