Death of a Traitor? The case of a hanged, drawn and quartered skeleton from Hulton Abbey, Staffordshire.12th June, 2012 Dr Mary Lewis
Analysis of a set of bones redeposited in a medieval abbey graveyard showed that the individual had been beheaded and chopped up, and this in turn suggested one of England's more gruesome execution practices. Since quartering was generally reserved for the infamous, the author attempts to identify the victim and proposes a Royal connection. Dr Mary Lewis teaches the method and theory behind the study of human skeletal remains, osteological techniques and palaeopathology at undergraduate and Masters level. Mary specialises in non-adult skeletal pathology and in the personal identification of children in forensic anthropology. She examines the changing pattern of disease in children in relation to socio-economic transitions in the past (Romano-British to Anglo-Saxon; urban to industrial) with particular focus on metabolic and infectious diseases. Her other research interests include the use of stable isotope and trace element analysis in reconstructing past migratory patterns in the UK. Mary's recent publications include The Bioarchaeology of Children (CUP, 2007), and anthropological contributions to The Scientific Investigation of Mass Graves by Cox et al. (2008). She regularly publishes in journals such as the American Journal of Physical Anthropology has contributed to books on leprosy, environmental archaeology and forensic anthropology. In 2009, Mary completed research into Diaspora in Romano-British communities which examined the osteological and isotopic evidence for diversity and migration during the Roman period, in addition Mary explored the impact of migration on the health of children living in Poundbury Camp, Dorset. Mary is currently compiling information on child health in Britain though the ages.