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Mrs Laura Castells Navarro

PositionResearch Student
LocationK34 Richmond Building
DepartmentArchaeological Sciences

Research Interests (key words only)

Palaeopathology, Osteoarchaeology, Human Osteology, Anatomy, Stable Isotope Analysis - Diet and Mobility, English and Catalan History

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Teaching Assistant in Analytical Methods in Life Sciences
  • Demonstrator in Human Remains Analysis (MSc Human Osteology and Palaeopathology)
  • Demonstrator in Palaeopathology (MSc Human Osteology and Palaeopathology)
  • Demonstrator in Lab Skills in Anatomy (Foundation in Clinical Sciences/Medicine)

Study History

  • Licentiate in Human Biology and Life Sciences at the University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain 2005-2010)
  • MRes Infectious Diseases at the University of Edinburgh (2010-2012)
  • MSc Human Osteology and Palaeopathology with Distinction at the University of Bradford (2013-2014)


Research Areas



Current Projects

  • ILSR-funded PhD project, DISH everywhere: Analysis of the pathogenesis of diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis and its prevalence in Catalonia and England from the Roman to the post-Medieval time periods.


  • British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (member)
  • Palaeopathology Association (member)
  • American Association of Physical Anthropology (member)
  • Cumberland Lodge (2015-2017 Scholar) 


  • Debono (2016) - Regional asynchronicity in dairy production and processing in early farming communities of the Northern Mediterranean. PNAS
  • Castells Navarro et al (in press) - Interpretation of a probable case of poliomyelitis in the Romano-British social context. Archaeological Reviews of Cambridge. 

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