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Studied general archaeology for a BA at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL, London 1979- 82, then worked in field archaeology in England and France at various locations until 1985. Before and during this period he was also involved in boat restoration, small boat building projects and harbour woodwork. In 1985- employed as a field archaeologist working for the Museum of London. From 1988 has been employed as a specialist in the excavation, recording, interpreting and researching of early woodworking from the Old Stone Age to the 19th century. During the 1990s carried out part time Phd research in the field of medieval ship and boat building- awarded the degree in 2003. He now works part time for the Museum of London as Ancient Woodwork Specialist for work in the London area and elsewhere. He also provides freelance services in the following areas;

  • On and off-site interpretation, recording, sampling, and analysis, publication and presentation of ancient and historic woodwork.

  • The making of high quality replicas or reconstructions of ancient or historic woodwork, using the original tools and materials where required, including boats, household wares, tools and agricultural items, buildings, weapons and simple furniture etc.

  • Teaching-on many aspects of woodwork on land and water from prehistory to recent times, at academic, general public and children’s levels often including practical work and use of own teaching collection of samples of ancient worked wood.
  • Practical demonstrations of aspects of early woodworking with period materials from sustainable sources and tools from the Old Stone Age to the 19th century, with insurance.

He has made substantial contributions to, or been sole author, of over 40 publications dealing with ancient woodwork and woodlands of all kinds at a popular to academic level since 1983. He has also appeared on a number of archaeological and natural history radio and TV programmes since 1991.

Relevant memberships:

Associate of the Inst. of Field Archaeologists,

Nautical Archaeology Soc.

Vernacular Architecture Group

Tools and Trades History Soc.

Wetland Archaeological Research Project

Association of Pole Lathe Turners and Green Woodworkers

Full CV and personal bibliography supplied if required


Lisa studied Archaeobotany at the Institute of Archaeology in 1995/6 and subsequently worked for the Museum of London, as an archaeobotanist, between 1996 and 2002. She is now a freelance specialist and offers the following services:

  • Plant macro-remain assessments and analyses
  • Uncharred wood identification
  • Teaching and lecturing to children and adults

As an associate of AMTeC she teaches sessions in plant based crafts and introducing archaeobotany to children as part of the Children’s University.

Relevant qualifications:

  • MSc in Bioarchaeology and Geoarchaeology (Archaeobotany Option – tutors Gordon Hillman, Dr Jon Hather and Dr Anne Butler) 1996, U.C.L.
  • Advanced Certificate in Classroom Management 2003, Canterbury Christchurch College University College (a qualification for returners to the teaching profession)
  • H.S.E. First Aid at Work

Relevant memberships:

The Association for Environmental Archaeology

The Council for British Archaeology

Full C.V. and publication record available on request


Trevor Anderson is a consultant osteo-archaeologist that has been based in Canterbury for the last sixteen years. During that time he has examined over 1500 burials and cremations. The material ranges from Neolithic crouched burials to Victorian skeletons in lead coffins. He is consultant to Northamptonshire Archaeology and Lecce University in Puglia (see LINKS). He has wide experience of lecturing to both the general public, archaeological groups and to specialist audiences at national and international conferences (see EDUCATION). He has published over 150 academic research papers and bone reports (see RESEARCH).

Human Osteoarchaeology

On site recording

Advice given on excavation and recording methodology prior to the excavation

Excavation and on-site recording and exhumation of skeletal and cremated human remains

Identification of abnormal and pathological bone

Excavation and lifting of inhumations and cremations

Post Excavation Analysis

Assessments and costings for the analysis of human skeletal and cremated remains

Report writing for excavated human skeletons and cremated remains

Talks and Lectures

Available to give lectures to local schools; groups and societies (see EDUCATION)



Trevor Anderson has been recording and analysing human skeletons and cremated remains for almost twenty years. He has been elected as a member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. He has just completed the detailed analysis of c. 300 well-preserved medieval skeletons from St James’ Abbey, Northampton. The very high incidence of pathology, including rare congenital conditions and major trauma, indicates the presence of a monastic infirmary, apparently with a wide catchment area. Ongoing work includes the writing up of the 1251 medieval burials from St Gregory’s Priory, Canterbury. Current work includes the examination of human skeletons from Wallingford, Oxford and Roman cremations from Canterbury. Trevor is also involved with the on-site recording and examination of medieval skeletons from southern Italian sites in Puglia and Basilicata (see LINKS). He was asked to write a chapter for the latest textbook on osteoarchaeology and is a co-author on the forthcoming monograph on the Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Buckland, Dover. A select list of his 150 academic research papers and bone reports is included.

Education Osteoarchaeology

Over the last eighteen years, Trevor Anderson has wide experience of lecturing to both the general public, archaeological groups and to academic audiences at national and international conferences. He is available to give illustrated lectures, to local schools; groups and societies, and academic students. With almost twenty years experience the lecturer has a wide range of illustrative material. In addition, “hands on” practical sessions are available, using archaeological skeletal material in the lecturer’s curation. Also, a wide selection of pathological bones and dental abnormalities are available for examination and study.

Topics covered include:

On site recording of human skeletons and cremations: how do we record and excavate human skeletal material? What are the problems and difficulties? How can we overcome them?
With illustrations from British; Norwegian; Italian and Turkish excavations with which the lecturer has been personally involved

Analysis of the Human Skeletons: What can we learn from the skeleton? How do we work out age at death and the sex of child and adult skeletons? How tall was the person?

Ancient Disease: What abnormalities might we find on the bones? Which diseases may cause changes on the skeleton?

Dental Disease: The teeth are very resistant to decay and are often well preserved when the bones are badly eroded. What can we learn from the teeth?

Practical Osteology
Using well-preserved archaeological skeletons, students are able to identify individual bones. Students can attempt to age and sex the skeleton and assess living stature based on long bone length. What do the different diseases processes look like on the dry bones? Can you recognise dental problems and abnormalities?


Trevor Anderson, Vichy House, 15 St Mary’s Street, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2QL
Tel (01227 767895)

Human Bone Reports:

Anderson, T. (1990) The human bones. In: A. Ward & T. Anderson Excavations at Rochester Cathedral. Archaeologia Cantiana 108: 91-151. pp. 97-136.

Anderson, T. (1995) The human bones. In K. Parfitt, The Iron Age Burials from Mill Hill, Deal, Kent. (British Museum Press) London pp. 114-144.

Anderson, T. & Andrews, J. (1997) The human bones. In K. Parfitt & B. Brugmann, The Anglo Saxon Cemetery on Mill Hill, Deal, Kent. (Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series No 14) London Appendix II: 214-239.

Anderson, T. (2001) The human skeletons. In: Chapman, A. Excavation of an Iron Age Settlement and Middle Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Great Houghton, Northampton, 1996. Northampton Archaeology 29: 1-42 (28-30; 33-41).

Anderson, T. (2003) Human bone. pp. 36-40. In: Atkins, R. & Mudd, A. An Iron Age and Romano-British settlement at Prickwillow road, Ely, Cambridgeshire: excavations 1999-2000. Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society XCII: 5-55.

Anderson, T. & Andrews, J. (1998) The cremations. in Hicks, A. Excavations at Each End Ash. Archaeologia Cantiana 118: 91-172 (119-130).

Anderson, T. & Andrews, J. (2001) The human remains. in: Hicks, M. & Hicks, A. St Gregory's Priory, Northgate, Canterbury Excavations 1988-1991. (Canterbury Archaeological Trust: The Archaeology of Canterbury New Series volume II) Canterbury pp. 338-370.

Anderson, T. & Andrews, J. (2003) The human bone. pp. 130-135. In: Rylatt, M. & Mason, P. The Archaeology of the Medieval Cathedral and Priory of St Mary, Coventry. (Coventry City Council) Coventry.

Research Publications: Anderson, T., Arcini, C., Anda, S. & Robertson, G. (1986) Suspected endemic syphilis (treponarid) in sixteenth-century Norway. Medical History 30: 341-350.

Anderson, T. (1991) A medieval example of meningiomatous hyperostosis. British Journal of Neurosurgery 5: 499-504.

Anderson, T. (1994) Palaeopathology: more than just dry bones. Proceedings of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh 24: 554-580.

Anderson, T. (1996a) Cranial weapon injuries from Anglo-Saxon Dover. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 6: 10-14.

Anderson, T. (1996b) Recovery and identification of rarely encountered bone elements and abnormal calcifications. Journal of Paleopathology 8: 111-118.

Anderson, T. (2000) Congenital conditions and neoplastic disease. In: M. Cox & S. Mays (eds) Human Osteology in Archaeology and Forensic Science. (Greenwich Medical Media) London. pp. 199-226.

Anderson, T. (2001a) A recently discovered medieval bladder stone from Norwich with review of British archaeological bladder stones and documentary evidence for their treatment. British Journal of Urology 88: 351-354.

Anderson, T. (2001b) Two decapitations from Roman Towcester. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 11: 400-405.

Anderson, T. (2002a) Documentary and Artistic Evidence For Conjoined Twins from Sixteenth Century England American Journal of Medical Genetics 109: 155-159.

Anderson, T. (2002b) A nineteenth century post-mortem specimen from Deal, Kent. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 12: 216-219.

Anderson, T. (2003a) A medieval case of bilateral metatarsus primus varus with analysis of its anatomy and allied deformities. The Foot 13: 156-165.

Anderson, T. (2003b) A medieval example of sagittal cleft or “butterfly” vertebra. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 13: 352-357.

Anderson, T. (2004) The treatment of the feet in Anglo-Saxon England. The Foot 14: 38-41.

Anderson, T. & Fell, C. (1995) Analysis of Roman cremation vessels by computerised tomography. Journal of Archaeological Science 22: 609-617.

Anderson, T. & Hodgins, I. (2002) Healed cranial weapon injury from medieval Coventry, England. Neurosurgery 50: 870-873

Anderson, T., Wakely, J., Carter, A. (1992) Medieval example of metastatic carcinoma: A dry bone, radiological and SEM study. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 89: 309-323.

Mays, S. & Anderson, T. (1995) Archaeological research priorities for human remains from South-East England. Archaeologia Cantiana 115: 355-388.

Turner, G. & Anderson, T. (2003) Marked occupational dental abrasion from medieval Kent. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 13: 168-172.

Wakely, J., Anderson, T. & Carter, A. (1995) A multidisciplinary case study of prostatic(?) carcinoma from medieval Canterbury. Journal of Archaeological Science 22: 469-477.


Anderson, T., O’Connor, S., Ogden, A.R. (2004) An early eighteenth century elephant ivory denture from Rochester, Kent

Parfitt, K, Anderson, T., Brugmann, B. (2006?) The Anglo Saxon Cemetery at Buckland Dover, Kent. (English Heritage) London.