Professor Charlotte Roberts FBA
About this Fellow
A bioarchaeologist, Professor Roberts has a background in archaeology, environmental archaeology and human bioarchaeology. She has studied and interpreted human remains from archaeological sites for the past 30 years, and is specifically interested in exploring the interaction of people with their environments in the past through patterns of health and disease (palaeopathology), and especially those health problems that are common today. A State Registered Nurse initially (1975-8), she completed a BA in Archaeological Studies (Leicester - 1979-1982), a MA Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy (Sheffield - 1983), and a PhD (bioarchaeology/ palaeopathology/ medical history - Bradford 1988). Her nursing background, particularly, has guided her into taking an holistic approach to past ill health in bioarchaeology, something that was also considered essential in a hospital environment. Understanding why and how people and communities today experience health problems is essential to be able to understand ill health in the past. She does a wide range of public engagement work.
- Professor of Archaeology, Durham University
- Reader in Archaeology, University of Durham, 2000 - 2004
- Senior Lecturer in Biological Anthropology, University of Bradford, 1994 - 1999
- Lecturer in Palaeopathology, University of Bradford, 1989 - 1994
- Research Assistant in Palaeopathology, University of Bradford, 1983 - 1989
- Part-time PhD student in Biological Anthropology, University of Bradford, 1983 - 1989
- Staff Nurse, The Burns Unit, St. Lawrence Hospital, Chepstow, Gwent, 1979 - 1979
Ancient Greek and Roman art and visual history; marble sculpture and portraits; late antiquity; archaeology of Greek cities of Eastern Roman Empire
Prehistory in Europe, the Near East and Central Asia; the beginnings of sedentary life and domestication of plants and animals; early metallurgy; nomadism and cultural contacts in the Eurasian steppes in the 1st millenium BC
Egyptology: art, archaeology, writing systems, religion, literature, social forms; comparative & theoretical study of early civilisations.
Environmental change with special reference to the solar factor.