Jen Wooding

Manifestation, identification and diagnosis of tuberculosis in faunal remains from an archaeological context

Supervisors: Julie Bond and Jo Buckberry
External supervisor: Christopher Knüsel, University of Exeter
Funding: AHRC

This postgraduate research draws together archaeozoology and human osteology through the study of Bovine Tuberculosis - a disease known to affect both animals and humans. The domestication of animals and the sedentary lifestyle that accompanied it were the primary catalysts behind the establishment of tuberculosis in early human populations. Tuberculosis has often been described as an urban disease in reference to more recent archaeological populations and is currently referred to as a disease of poverty in the present day. However, its origins are rural and in order to learn more about this disease and how it affected earlier archaeological populations, it is essential that research focuses upon rural agricultural settlements and smaller communities. The key themes of this research, therefore, include the spread and introduction of disease through the migration and immigration of rural populations across the North Atlantic Region and the incidence/frequency of tuberculosis (both in human and animal remains) within smaller rural communities.


Last Updated:15 February 2010