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The Identity of the St Bees Lady, Cumbria: An Osteobiographical Approach

Knusel, C.J.; Batt, C.M.; Cook, G.; Montgomery, J.; Muldner, G.; Ogden, A.R.; Palmer, C.; Stern, B.; Todd, J.; Wilson, A.S.


C.J. Knusel

C.M. Batt

G. Cook

G. Muldner

A.R. Ogden

C. Palmer

B. Stern

J. Todd

A.S. Wilson


Using an Osteobiographical approach, this contribution considers the identity of the woman found alongside the St Bees Man, one of the best-preserved archaeological bodies ever discovered. Osteological, isotopic and radiocarbon analyses, combined with the archaeological context of the burial and documented social history, provide the basis for the identification of a late 14th-century heiress whose activities were at the heart of medieval northern English geopolitics.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2010
Deposit Date Jul 13, 2011
Journal Medieval Archaeology
Print ISSN 0076-6097
Electronic ISSN 1745-817X
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 54
Issue 1
Pages 271-311
Keywords Auricular surface, Isotope evidence, Revised method, Skeletal age, Hyoid bone, Strontium, Fracture, England, Diet, Strangulation.
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