Pathological Bodies Project

Welcome to the Pathological Bodies Project

The Pathological Bodies Project is a blog dedicated to my potential doctorate project entitled ‘Pathological Bodies: Insights into public health, specimen preservation and changing attitudes towards death‘. If I can acquire funding, the project will look at the history of public health in Britain by examining the introduction of embalming / preservation techniques of the 18th-19th centuries, evidence of disease in preserved specimens and changing attitudes towards death and the display of human remains.

  • Welcome to My New Bioarchaeology Blog

    20th Jun 2019 by

    It is not my intention to be fulsome, but I confess that I covet your skull. — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. My name is Aoife Sutton (BA (Hons) Archaeology and MSc Bioarchaeology). I am interested in all things related to death, with a particular interest in bioarchaeology, the history of anatomists and embalming. I am… Read more

  • Museums and Human Remains: Repatriation, Display, and Storage.

    22nd Jun 2020 by

    Human remains collections in British Museums over the last 200-300 years have been an important aspect of cultural heritage, however, there have been ethical dilemmas surrounding their curation and display for several reasons. Issues arise particularly in relation to public sensitivities, ethics, and the way in which the human remains acquired i.e. was there consent… Read more

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