Lecture – November 25 2022

Jelena Bekvalac

A unique collection of people: revelations from people of the past through their skeletal remains

The lecture will be on November 25 at 7.00pm
in the Fenner Brockway Room, Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL.

Jelena Bekvalac is a Curator of Human Osteology at the Centre for Human Bioarchaeology, Museum of London. Prior to becoming a Curator in 2008, Jelena was a research osteologist within the osteological team based at the Centre and was part of the team for the Wellcome Skeletons: London’s Buried Bones exhibition in 2008 and the regional travelling Skeletons exhibitions 2016 -2018. Jelena has worked on archaeological excavations and projects with skeletal remains in England and abroad in Jordan, Russia and the Czech Republic as well as the extraordinary Spitalfields Market excavation. As a curator at the Centre for Human Bioarchaeology, the role is varied and interesting, caring for the extensive skeletal assemblages; working on exhibitions, assisting researchers, participating in outreach events and research projects.

Jelena has provided the following abstract of her lecture.

The Centre for Human Bioarchaeology, Museum of London curates over 20,000 archaeologically derived human skeletal remains from excavations in response to the ongoing building developments of London that add to the vibrant history of London over the last 2,000 years. The skeletal remains of these people are a tangible link to the past and a rich repository of valuable information providing a fascinating insight to the individual life histories of these people and the time period in which they lived. Long term curation of the skeletal remains has enabled continued osteological analysis and research using a variety of scientific techniques, to study and investigate their bones and teeth, revealing information about their lives and the often momentous times in which they lived and died.

Further information about the Centre for Human Bioarchaeology may be found by clicking here.

As is the case for all lectures, this one is free of charge for EMAS members, while non-members are asked to pay a fee of £3 in cash at the lecture.

We would be grateful if you could send an email to theEMASsecretary@gmail.com to let us know that you are planning to attend. We hope to see you there.