Dr Belinda Tibbetts

Personal details





University of Exeter

PhD Archaeology

Fetal, Perinatal and Infant Skeletal Palaeopathology as an Indicator of Maternal Health and Population Stress.


University of Exeter

MSc Bioarchaeology (Human Osteology) (Distinction)

Investigations into Infant Death and Population Stress in Prehistory: A bioarchaeological approach to understanding infant mortality.


University of Queensland

BA (Hons) Ancient History and Archaeology (1st)

The Position of Infants within Iron Age Communities in Southern England, as revealed through Burial Practices on Settlement Sites.


University of Queensland

BA Classics and Ancient History


University of Queensland

BSc Zoology and Genetics


Professional/research experience

2014 - present:

Çatalhöyük Project

Human Remains Team. Excavation and analysis of human skeletal remains from a Neolithic context. Management of Human Remains lab and research, intern training. Production of results reporting and publications. 

Consultant osteologist, research and field manager for 2017 season.

2014 - present:

Devon & Cornwall Constabulary

Consultant Forensic Osteologist. Identification and analysis of recovered human remains. Production of detailed osteology/pathology reports for the Coroner.

2013 - 2017:

PhD University of Exeter

Research: Analysis of fetal, perinatal, neonatal and infant skeletal remains excavated from archaeological contexts (Ardreigh, Co. Kildare; Wetwang Slack, Yorkshire; Gussage All Saints, Dorset; Wharram Percy, Yorkshire; Yewden Villa, Buckinghamshire; Barton Court Farm, Oxfordshier and Çatalhöyük, Anatolia). Medical and archaeological reference collections were also analysed as part of this research (Scheuer Collection, Dundee; Pathology collection, Royal College of Surgeons, London; and modern perinatal pathology).


Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

Consultant Osteologist. Identification, description, and curation of human skeletal remains. Production of osteological report on Roman remains recovered from development sites within the city of Exeter.

2012 - 2013:

Wellcome Museum of Anatomy and Pathology, Royal College of Surgeons, London

Consultant Osteologist. Identification and description of fetal and infant pathology collection. Identification and preparation of skeletal material for use in medical teaching.


MSc University of Exeter

Research: Analysis of juvenile skeletal remains excavated from ​Gussage All Saints, Dorset (Iron Age) and Exeter (Roman and Medieval).  Development of recording schematic and identification keys for the analysis of juvenile skeletal remains. Identification and description of developmental pathological conditions.


CV: Membership of Professional Bodies/Professional Qualifications


European Association of Archaeologists


Archaeologists Engage

Founding Member


British Institute at Ankara (BIAA)


British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO)


The Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past (SSCIP)