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Excavations during flood alleviation works in 2014 in two small areas of the affected site focussed on a former graveyard and an earlier bridge crossing the River Severn. Ossafreelance carried out the analysis of a total of thirty one 19th century inhumations that were exhumed, revealing extensive information about the individuals for comparison both regionally and nationally. Free download here:




We are pleased to announce that our publication Manufactured Bodies was nominated for the Current Archaeology Book Of The Year Award 2021!

Manufactured Bodies: The Impact of Industrialisation on London Health. Oxbow Books. By Gaynor Western and Jelena Bekvalac. Dec 2019. 

Do archaeological skeletal remains hold the key to understanding patterns of health and disease today? We look at trauma, air pollution, cancer, obesity and aging using the latest clinical technologies to discover more. More details can be found here:


Hyperostosis Frontalis Interna in Female Historic Skeletal Populations: Age, Sex Hormones and the Impact of Industrialisation. In American Journal of Physical Anthropology (2017), vol. 162 (3), pp.501-515. By Gaynor Western (Ossafreelance) and Jelena Bekvalac (CHB, Museum of London).

The Impact of Industrialization on London Health: In Radiology Open Journal, vol 1: Issue 3: 76-78. By Jelena Bekvalac (CHB, Museum of London) and Gaynor Western (Ossafreelance). 

The Remains of a Humanitarian Legacy: Bioarchaeological Reflections of the Anatomized Human Skeletal Assemblage from the Worcester Royal Infirmary. In Trends in Biological Anthropology 1. (2015) Oxbow Books. By Gaynor Western (Ossafreelance).

Archaeological Investigations at the site of the former Worcester Royal Infirmary: New Evidence for Dissection and Amputation from a Provincial Hospital. Transactions of the Worcester Archaeological Society (2016). By Gaynor Western (Ossafreelance).

Digital Radiography and the Historical Contextualisation of the 19th Century Modified Human Skeletal Remains from the Worcester Royal Infirmary, England. International Journal of Paleopathogy 10 (2015), 58-73. By Gaynor Western (Ossafreelance) and Jelena Bekvalac (CHB, Museum of London).

‘Soft Heads’: Evidence for Sexualized Warfare during the Later Iron Age from Kemerton Camp, Bredon Hill. In Knüsel, C. and Smith, M. J. (eds). (2014)The Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Human Conflict.  Abingdon, Oxon. Pp. 161-184. By Gaynor Western (Ossafreelance) and Derek Hurst (Worcestershire Archaeology).

A Star of the First Magnitude: Osteological and Historical Evidence for the Challenge of Provincial Medicine at the Worcester Royal Infirmary in the Nineteenth Century. In Mitchell, P. (ed), (2012) Anatomical Dissection in Enlightenment England and Beyond, Pp. 23-42. By Gaynor Western (Ossafreelance)

Morbidity in the Marshes: Using Spatial Epidemiology to Investigate Skeletal Evidence for Malaria in Anglo-Saxon England (AD410-1050). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 147 (2): 301-311. By Rebecca Gowland (Durham University) and Gaynor Western (Ossafreelance).

New Light on Kemerton Camp, Bredon Hill, Worcestershire. In Royal Archaeological Institute Newsletter, 43, April, Pp. 6-7. By Derek Hurst (Worcestershire Archaeology) and Gaynor Western (Ossafreelance).

Archaeological Fieldwork at Worcester College of Technology (All Saints Building), Worcester. In Trans. Worcestershire Archaeol. Soc. 3rd series, 20: 261-276. By Simon Sworn, Elizabeth Pearson (Worcestershire Archaeology) and Gaynor Western (Ossafreelance).

A Late Iron Age Burial at Old Yew Hill Wood, Church Lench. In Transactions of the Worcestershire Archaeological Society, 3rd Series, 20: 1-9. By Simon Griffin, Gaynor Western (Ossafreelance) and Simon Woodiwiss (Worcestershire Archaeology). 

The People: Physical Anthropology. In St. Martin’s Uncovered: Investigations in the Churchyard of St. Martin’s-in-the-Bullring, Birmingham, 2001. By Megan Brickley, Helena Berry and Gaynor Western (Ossafreelance).


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