Dr Margaret Clegg

Margaret Clegg
  • Head of Human Remains Unit
  • Earth Sciences department
  • Vertebrates and Anthropology Palaeobiology
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London
SW7 5BD

General

Research Interests

  • The evolution of human cognition, particularly the evolution of speech and language.
  • Archaeological evidence for hominin cognition.
  • The evolution of modern human growth and development, particularly at adolescence.
  • Modern human morphological variation.
  • The relationship between hard and soft tissue and the associated skeletal markers for soft tissue
  • History and provenance of the human remains collection at the Natural History , London.
  • The effect of human activity on the skeleton during life and after death.

Employment at NHM

I joined the Museum in March 2006 as Repatriation Co-ordinator. In January 2008, I became Head of the newly formed Human Remains Unit.

Qualifications

  • PhD.  Biological Anthropology, University College London
  • MSc   Human Evolution and Behaviour, University College London
  • BSc    Behavioural Science, University of Northampton

Professional

Lecturing

I regularly give lectures on a variety of courses from Human osteology to Museum & Heritage Studies and professional development courses held at different types of institutions including universities and museums. 

Most recently, I have given lectures at John Moore’s University Liverpool, University College London, the British Museum, the Archaeology & Anthropology Museum University of Cambridge and a professional development course held at the Royal College of Surgeons.

Committees

  • 2010: Steering Committee member and panel member of the Advisory Panel for Ancient Burials in England (APABE).
  • 2010: Member of the Human Remains Advisory Panel for the Mary Rose Trust.
  • 2009: Chair of the Human Remains Subject Specialist Network.
  • 2009: Member of the BABAO Ethical Steering Group.
  • 2003: Member of the organising committee for the 5th annual conference of British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology.
  • 2002-2005: Elected Membership Secretary of the British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology. Serve on the Executive committee.
  • 2001: Member of the Human Evolution and Behaviour Society conference organising committee hosted at UCL.

Conferences and guest lectures

2014

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science 2013 Invited Speaker Paper: Engagement with Indigenous Communities over Human Remains.

2013

  • Australian Archaeology Association Conference Coffs Harbour NSW. Invited speaker, Paper: Let the bones tell their story: How Scientific techniques can reveal human identity.
  • World Archaeology Congress Conference Jordan. Invited Speaker Paper: Beyond the Dialectic: New Approaches to Human Remains Repatriation

2011

  • Midlands Museum Group Workshop Leicester: Digitising Human remains collections
  • Flinders University Adelaide Australia The Natural History Museum and Human Remains

2009

  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa The Natural History Museum and Human Remains.
  • Department of Archaeology UCL.Repatriation and human remains      
  • Australian Anthropology Society Annual Conference Sydney Finding a middle way: new approaches in repatriation
  • Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference Caring for the dead: changing attitudes towards curaton –Discussant
  • SPNCH conference University of Leiden Case Study - Human Remains Data Collection Project

2008

  • World Archaeology Congress Conference: Bones can speak to us too: How the techniques of physical anthropology can reveal human identities.
  • British Museum International Curatorial Training Programme. Museums and Human Remains

2006

  • Department of Archaeology University of Southampton. Settling the dead: issues in the repatriation of human remains.
  • Radical Archaeology Group Camden. Settling the dead: issues in the repatriation of human remains.

2004

  • ESF workshop: Music, language & human evolution. University of Reading. Invited speaker. Specialised for speech? The evolution of the human vocal tract.

2003

  • Evolutionary Anatomy Unit Anatomy Department UCL. Predicting hyoid bone dimensions from cranial measurements.
  • CAHO, Department of Archaeology University of Southampton. Specialised for speech? The evolution of the human vocal tract

2002

  • Primate Society of Great Britain Winter Meeting. Comparing Vocal tracts across primate species
  • Department of Archaeology and Antiquity,University of Birmingham. Speech and the Neanderthals

2000

University of Kent Department of Anthropology seminar series. Paying the price of speech

Outreach

2014

  • Lyme Regis Fossil Festival – Human Evolution.

2013

  • Match Girls festival London. Growing up poor in 19th and early 20th Century London.
  • Christ Church Spitalfields London. Life & Death in Spitalfields.
  • Night Safari, Natural History Museum: Writing on Walls: cave art.
  • Science Uncovered, Natural History Museum: Meet the Ancestors.

2012

  • Natural History Museum Cave Art from the Palaeolithic to modern Australia.
  • Science Uncovered, Natural History Museum: Meet the Ancestors.
  • Kerabati Olympic team at Museum. The history of human remains from the pacific at the Natural History Museum.

2011

  • TSI Traditional Owners meeting Badu TSI Science & Human Remains.
  • Science Uncovered, Natural History Museum: Meet the Ancestors.

2010

  • University of Northampton, Science Week talks. Whistlestop tour of human evolution.

Publications

2013

Steele, James; Clegg, Margaret; and Martelli, Sandra (2013), "Comparative morphology of the hominin and African ape hyoid bone, a possible marker of the evolution of speech" (2013). Human Biology 85(5): 639-672

Clegg, M. Redfern, R. Bekvalac, J. Bonney, H. Global Ancestors: understanding the shared humanity of our ancestors Oxbow Press

Margaret Clegg A change in perspective: the impact of legislative changes in the UK in (eds) Clegg, M. Redfern, R. Bekvalac, J. Bonney, H. Global Ancestors: understanding the shared humanity of our ancestors Oxbow Press

Clegg, M (2013) Conclusions and the Way Forward. In Geisen M. (ed) Curating Human Remains: Caring for the Dead in the United Kingdom. Boydell & Brewer Woodbridge Suffolk

Clegg, M (2013) Hominin Extinctions, in: Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia: Extinct Life. Gale Cengage.

2012

Clegg Margaret (2012) Specialised for speech? The evolution of the human vocal tract. In Music Language & Human Evolution Bannon, N. (ed.) Oxford University Press Oxford.

2011

Bonney H & Clegg M (2011) Heads as Memorials and Status Symbols: The Collection and Use of Skulls in the Torres Strait Islands In The Bioarchaeology of the Human Head: Decapitation, Decoration and Deformation. Bonogofsky, M. (ed) University Press of Florida Gainsville Florida USA

Delbarre, G Clegg, M. Bonney, H. & Kruszynski, R. (2011) A new known age & sex collection at the Natural History Museum. Mitchell, P.D., Buckberry, J. (eds) Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO). Oxford: Archaeopress.

2010

Margaret Clegg & Heather Bonney (2010) Setting the record straight: Improving the quality of early museum records American Journal of Physical Anthropology 50,81-81   

Sabrina B Sholts. Anna Clement, & Margaret Clegg (2010) An investigation of European skeletal remains buried on San Nicolas Island, California: new insights into early European contact with native Californian populations American Journal of Physical Anthropology 50 216

2009

Clegg Margaret (2009) The problem of provenance: inaccuracies, changes and misconceptions. Proceedings of the Ninth Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological anthropology and Osteoarchaeology British Archaeological Reports Archaeopress Oxford

Lewis, M & Clegg, M (2009) Proceedings of the Ninth Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology British Archaeological Reports Archaeopress Oxford

Heather Bonney & Margaret Clegg (2009) Friend or foe: Heads as memorials and status symbols in the Torres Strait Islands American Journal of Physical Anthropology 96

Margaret Clegg & G. Guerra (2009) A non-invasive alternative to histology: A study using the Alicona 3D Infinite Optical Microscope to investigation human tissue American Journal of Physical Anthropology 107

2006

Clegg Margaret (2006) Growth in modern western children: A representative sample? Proceedings of the Sixth Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology. Robson-Brown K & Roberts A. Eds. British Archaeological Reports Archaeopress Oxford

2005

Zakrzewski Sonia R & Clegg Margaret Eds. (2005) Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology British Archaeological Reports Archaeopress Oxford

2004

Clegg M (2004) Modern Approaches to the Evolution of Speech & Language. General Anthropology, Bulletin of the General Anthropology Division. 10, 2, 1-10

Margaret Clegg (2004) A New Model for the Neanderthal Vocal Tract. American Journal of Physical Anthropology s38

2002

Margaret Clegg & Leslie Aiello (2002) Estimating hyoid bone morphology American Journal of Physical Anthropology s32

2001

Margaret Clegg & Leslie Aiello (2001) A Comparison of human and non-human primate vocal tracts. American Journal of Physical Anthropology s31

2000

Margaret Clegg & Leslie C Aiello (2000) Paying the price of speech? Analysis of mortality statistics for choking on food. American Journal of Physical Anthropology s30

1999

Clegg Margaret & Aiello Leslie C (1999) A comparison of the Nariokotome Homo erectus with juveniles from a modern human population. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 110 (1) 81-94

Margaret Clegg & Leslie C Aiello (1999) The ontogeny of sexual dimorphism in the hyoid bone. American Journal of Physical Anthropology s28

Reviews

Clegg Margaret (2005) Book review: International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. Patterns of Growth & Development in the Genus Homo Thompson J, Krovitz G & Nelson A Eds. Cambridge University Press

Clegg Margaret (2004) Website Book review: Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society Time Depth in Historical Linguistics Eds Renfrew C, McMahon A & Trask L McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.

Clegg Margaret (1997) The CIBA Open meeting Connexions Issue 2 19-21

Popular Science

Margaret Clegg, Emma, Loban & Carol Christophersen (2012) A new approach to repatriation: collaborating at last. Evolve Magazine issue 11 Natural History Museum

Margaret Clegg (2011) The Bone Collectors. Evolve Magazine issue 7 Natural History Museum

Margaret Clegg (2011) Reading the bones: The story of research on human remains. Evolve Magazine issue 8 Natural History Museum