Dr Heather Bonney

Dr Heather Bonney

Collections Manager Human Remains and Repatriation

Department: Earth Sciences
Division: ES Vertebrates and Anthropology Palaeobiology
Contact: email

Specialisms

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

Summary

I am the Collections Manager responsible for the human remains collection (comprised of approximately 20,000 individuals) and manage the anthropology curatorial team. 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

Publications

Bonney HE (2015) Richard III: skeletal evidence of perimortem trauma. The Lancet, 385 (9964): 210 - 210. 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. , Knüsel C, Smith M, The Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Human Conflict.. Routledge. London.

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

Bonney, H, Colston, B. J., & Goodman, A. (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,

Highlighted publications

Bonney HE (2015) Richard III: skeletal evidence of perimortem trauma. The Lancet, 385 (9964): 210 - 210. 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. , Knüsel C, Smith M, The Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Human Conflict.. Routledge. London.

Bonney, H, Colston, B. J., & Goodman, A. (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