Dr Samantha Tipper

Lecturer in Forensic Science

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Life Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Research Supervision:Yes

Samantha’s research focuses on human bioarchaeology, osteological techniques and paleopathology, especially spinal pathology and health and disease in ancient Nubia.

Twitter: @SNTipper

Facebook: DUSESG

Website: sudan-conference.com

Background

Samantha is a biological and forensic anthropologist with over 15 years of experience working in both the commercial and academic sectors in human osteology, paleopathology, forensic anthropology, and forensic science in both the UK and USA. She completed her PhD in Archaeology at the University of Durham, while working as a senior lecturer and program lead at Lincoln University.

Her doctoral research involved a comprehensive analysis of spinal pathology in over five hundred individuals from Sudan, dating from 350BC to 1500AD. While at Durham University she set up and ran the Egypt and Sudan Study Group as well as the Sudan Study conference, an international interdisciplinary research conference with a focus on Sudan and ancient Nubia that runs every year in May.

Samantha has collaborated on projects involving skeletal remains dating from the Bronze Age to Medieval period in Britain as well as skeletal remains from Sudan. She continues to collaborate on both archaeological and forensic cases and is also a forensic anthropologist team member at Kenyon International. Samantha is also currently an associate fellow in the History and Heritage department at the University of Lincoln and part of the Medieval research group. Samantha joined ARU as a lecturer in August 2021.

Research interests

  • Human bioarchaeology
  • Osteological techniques; age and sex estimation
  • Impact of climate change on health and disease
  • Paleopathology
  • Health and disease in ancient Nubia
  • Trauma analysis
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

Areas of research supervision

  • Human Bioarchaeology
  • Paleopathology
  • Human identification
  • Impact of climate change on health and disease
  • Biomechanics and analysis of stress and activity

Teaching

Physical Criminalistics

Mass fatality Incidents

Forensic Anthropology

Qualifications

PhD in Archaeology, University of Durham

PGCAP in Higher Education, University of Durham

MSc Biomedical and forensic studies on Egyptology, University of Manchester

BA (Hons) Comparative Religion and Anthropology, University of Manchester

Memberships, editorial boards

Member of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO)

Member of the Paleopathology Association (PPA)

Member of the Chartered Institute of Archaeology: Forensic Archaeology Group

Member of the Chartered Institute of Archaeology: Human Osteoarchaeology Group

Member of the Forensic Anthropology Society Europe

Member of the Council for British Archaeology east Midlands.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Reviewer for: International Journal of Osteoarchaeology

Reviewer for: International Journal of Paleopathology

2019 Conference fund, department of archaeology, Durham University

2018 Conference fund, department of archaeology, Durham University

2017 CAROD conference grant, Durham University

2017 Institute of Advanced Studies grant

2015 Haycock Bursary, Durham University

2014 Norman Richardson Grant, Ustinov College

Selected recent publications

Tipper, S. Shin, S. and Kilroe, L. (2021) Current research in Nubian Archaeology: Oxford Edition. Gorgias Press. U.S.A.

Tipper, S and Lemos, R (2021) New Perspectives on Sudanese and Nubian Archaeology, Archaeopress, Cambridge.

Lemos, R and Tipper, S (2021) Sudanese and Nubian archaeology: scholarship past and present. In Tipper, S and Lemos, R. New perspectives on Sudanese and Nubian Archaeology, Archaeopress, Cambridge.

Tipper, S. & Tully, G. (2018) Current research in Nubian archaeology. Gorgias Press, U.S.A.

Primeau, C. & Tipper, S. (2017) Aging archaeological sub adults from femur length – which method is advisable? Newsletter of the Society of Archaeological Sciences, Vol 40 (1):2-7

Osteological reports

Tipper, S. (2021) Osteological Analysis: Beaumont Fee, Lincoln. PCAS Archaeology.

Tipper, S (2021) Osteological Analysis: Hornsea Offshore Wind Farm. Network Archaeology.

Tipper, S (2020) Osteological Analysis: Cremation Burial Farnham Pastures. PCAS Archaeology

Tipper, S (2020) Osteological Analysis: Brayford Warf North, Lincoln. PCAS Archaeology.

Recent presentations and conferences

2021 Heritage Research Showcase, Lincoln University, UK. Podium Presenter

2021 Rurality Research Showcase, Lincoln University, UK. Session chair

5th Sudan Studies Research Conference, University of Warsaw, Poland. Director & Poster presentation

2020 4th Sudan Studies Research Conference, University of Naples, UK. Director

2019 3rd Sudan Studies Research Conference, Oxford University, UK. Director

2018 British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology, Cranfield University, UK. Podium presentation

2018 2nd Sudan Studies Postgraduate Conference, Cambridge University. Director & podium presentation

2017 1st Sudan Studies Research Conference, Durham University, UK. Director and Poster presentation

2017 Annual Postgraduate Conference, Anthropology Dept, Durham University, UK. Podium presentation

2016 British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology, Kent University. Poster Presentation

2016 Paleopathology Conference, Atlanta, USA. Poster presentation

Media experience

Medieval Sound Bites Podcast: Digging in the Dirt: Forensic Science in Ancient and Medieval Archaeology – Dr Sam Tipper and Dr Charlotte Primeau.