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I became a Lecturer in Biological Anthropology at the University of Winchester in June 2017, and will be teaching on the new BA (Hons) degree in Anthropology and the MSc in Human Osteology and Funerary Studies. Prior to this I worked as a Lecturer in Forensic Anthropology at Kingston University (2013-14 and 2016-17) and as an Associate Teacher in Biological Anthropology at the University of Bristol from 2011.

I obtained my undergraduate degree in Archaeology at the University of Bristol in 2001, a Master’s degree in Osteoarchaeology at the University of Southampton in 2005, and my PhD from the University of Bristol in 2011. I have worked as a commercial archaeologist and a self-employed osteoarchaeologist, specialising in human remains analysis and reporting as well as teaching lifelong learning classes for various groups and museums.

Areas of expertise

  • Human osteology and paleopathology
  • Developmental osteology
  • Archaeology/Anthropology of childhood
  • Human evolution
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Funerary archaeology



  • Dawson, H. 2014. Unearthing late medieval children: health, status and burial practice in southern England, BAR British series 593, Archaeopress, Oxford.

Book chapters

  • Dawson-Hobbis, H. 2018. Diverse burial practices from a late medieval cemetery in Somerset, in: Holst, M and Alexander, M. (eds), Trends in Biological Anthropology Volume 2 British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology, pp 28-34. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

  • Dawson-Hobbis, H. 2017. Interpreting Cultural and Biological Markers of Stress and Status in Medieval Subadults from England, in: Murphy, E. and Le Roy, M. (eds), Children, death and burial: archaeological discourses, pp 216-26. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

  • Dawson, H. 2016. Precious things: examining the status and care of children in late medieval England through the analysis of cultural and biological markers, in: Powell, L., Southwell-Wright, W. and Gowland, R. (eds), Care in the Past: Archaeological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, pp 53-69. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

Journal articles

  • Dawson, H. and Robson Brown, K. 2013. Exploring the relationship between dental wear and status in late medieval sub-adults from England, American Journal of Physical Anthropology 150: 433-441.
  • Dawson, H. and Robson Brown, K. 2012. Childhood tuberculosis: a probable case from late medieval Somerset, England, International Journal of Paleopathology 2: 31-35.
  • Quam R., Sanz M., Darua J., Robson Brown K., Garcia R., Rodriguez L., Dawson H., Rodriguez R., Gomez S., Villaescusa L., Rubio A., Yague A., Ortega Martinez. M., Fullola J.M., Zilhao J., Luis Arsuaga J. 2015. The Neanderthals of northeastern Iberia: new remains from the Cova del Gegant (Sitges, Barcelona), Journal of Human Evolution 81: 13-28.

Book reviews

  • Dawson, H. 2016. Medieval childhood: archaeological approaches. Edited by D. M. Hadley and K. A. Hemer, in Childhood in the Past 9: 79-81.
  • Dawson, H. 2016. Digging for Richard III: How archaeology found the King by Mike Pitts, Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.
  • Dawson, H. 2016. The Bones of a King: Richard III rediscovered by The Greyfriars Research Team with Maev Kennedy and Lin Foxall, Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.
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