Dr Sarah Inskip

UKRI Future Leaders Fellow

Sarah Inskip

School/Department: Archaeology and Ancient History


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Osteoarchaeologist Dr Sarah Inskip is a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History. Her research focuses on revealing the impact of tobacco on the health of Western Europeans from 1600-1900. Dr Inskip integrates skeletal evidence obtained from archaeological human skeletal remains with historical and modern health narratives. By utilising modern research techniques she is able to reveal new insights into archaeological questions. Her research interests also include human biology and genetics, with a strong interest in the history and evolution of Hansen's Disease – also known as leprosy - and other infectious diseases. 


Current and recent projects:


Inskip SA. 2013. Islam in Iberia or Iberian Islam?  Religious and social factors in the development of religious identities. Post Classical Archaeologies 3:63-93.

Inskip SA, Taylor GM, Zakrzewski SR, Mays SA, Pike AWG, Llewellyn G, Williams CM, Lee O Y-C, Wu HHT, Minnikin DE, Besra GS, and Stewart GR. 2015. Osteological, Biomolecular and Geochemical Examination of an Early Anglo-Saxon Case of Lepromatous Leprosy. PLoS One 10: e0124282.

Carroll GMC, Waters-Rist A and Inskip SA. 2016. Intranasal Papilloma: A Suspected Case of Inverted Schneiderian Papilloma in the Choana of Adult Male from Post-Medieval Europe. International Journal of Palaeopathology 13:53-62.

Inskip SA. 2016. Death and life in Al-Andalus: Approaches to Funerary Archaeology and Osteoarchaeology. In: Carvajal JL (ed.). Al-Andalus in History and in Memory. Akkadia Press, pp39-45.

Inskip SA. 2016. Reading the Islamic Body: Demonstrating the Potential of a Multifaceted Approach for Exploring Early Medieval Iberian Islamic Identity. In: Quirós Castillo JA (ed). Coloquio Demografia, Paleopatología y Desegualidad Social. Vitoria conference 2015. Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Vitoria, pp263-280.

Evans C, Sørensen ML, Allen MJ, Appleby J, Casimiro T, French C, Inskip S, Lima J, Newman R, Richter K and Scaife R. 2017. Finding Alcatrazes and early Luso-African settlement on Santiago Island, Cape Verde. Antiquity 91: e8 1-9.

Inskip SA, Taylor GM, Anderson S, and Stewart G. 2017. Leprosy in Pre-Norman Suffolk: Biomolecular and Geochemical Analysis of the Woman from Hoxne. Journal of Medical Microbiology 66:1640-1649.  doi: 10.1099/jmm.0.000606

Inskip SA. 2017. Adherence to Islamic tradition and the formation of Iberian Islam in early medieval al-Andalus. In:  Hausmair B and Jarvis B (eds.). The Archaeology of Rules. Berghahn, Oxford, pp254-272.

Zakrzewski S, Wright S, and Inskip SA. 2017.  Anglo-Saxon concepts of dis/ability: placing disease at Great Chesterford in its wider context. In: Byerns J. (ed.). Embodying Impairment: Towards a Bioarchaeology of Disability. Springer, New York, pp269-289.

Inskip SA, Constantinescu M, Brinkman A, Hoogland ML and Sofaer J. 2018. Testing the Accuracy of Basal Occipital Measurements and their Discriminant Functions for Predicting Sex Using Four Documented Early Modern European Collections. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 10: 675–683.


Topics for supervision:

  • Osteoarchaeology
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Health and Disease in Medieval
  • Post-Medieval Western Europe
  • Hansen’s Disease in the Past


Osteoarchaeology, Bioarchaeology, Health and Disease in Medieval and Post-Medieval Western Europe. Islamic Iberia. Infectious disease in the past.

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