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Name: Catrin Fear

PhD: Archaeology

Thesis Title: The impact of lead in Medieval Britain


Thesis Description:

A multi-disciplinary study of the impact of lead in Medieval Britain (c.1100-1500AD) including human osteology, palaeopathology, artefacts and archival research. This thesis will explore how lead is mined, used and the impact it had on a society's health through examining various Medieval towns with differing proximity to lead sources. It will also explore the various uses of lead from tiles to wine and whether lead's poisonous qualities were known. A significant element to the thesis is the study of skeletal remains through identification of palaeopathological diseases that could be used to identify lead poisoning, which will be tested using lead concentration samples.


Supervisors and Institution(s): University of Nottingham

Dr Hannah O'Regan

Prof. Chris Loveluck

Dr Christina Lee




Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:


Other Research Interests:

  • Human Osteology
  • Palaeopathology
  • Palaeoanthropology (Human evolution)
  • Roman Britain


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