Dr Sarah Inskip

UKRI Future Leaders Fellow


BSc Forensic Science, MA Osteoarchaeology, PhD Bioarchaeology

Personal details

I am a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow at the University of Leicester. My research focuses on revealing the impact of the arrival and commodification of tobacco on the health of Western European from 1600-1900. Prior to this I was a post doctoral researcher on the Wellcome funded ‘After the Plague’ Project at the University of Cambridge and an Assistant Professor in Bioarchaeology at the University of Leiden. I am an Osteoarchaeologist, with interests in Human Biology and Genetics. I also have strong interests in the history and evolution of Hansen's Disease and other infectious diseases.


Osteoarchaeology, Bioarchaeology, Health and Disease in Medieval and Post-Medieval Western Europe. Islamic Iberia. Infectious disease in the past.


Current and recent projects

After the Plague: Health and History in Medieval Cambridge; http://www.aftertheplague.com/
Tobacco, Health and History
Hansen’s Disease in the Past

Research Student Supervision

Topics for Supervision

Osteoarchaeology, Bioarchaeology, Health and Disease in Medieval and Post-Medieval Western Europe. Hansen’s Disease in the Past

Current research students

Alette Blom (University of Cambridge). Hansen’s Disease and the Life Course 2019-2021. https://www.oocdtp.ac.uk/people/alette-blom


Inskip SA. 2013. Islam in Iberia or Iberian Islam?  Religious and social factors in the development of religious identities. Post Classical Archaeologies 3:63-93.
Inskip SA, Taylor GM, Zakrzewski SR, Mays SA, Pike AWG, Llewellyn G, Williams CM, Lee O Y-C, Wu HHT, Minnikin DE, Besra GS, and Stewart GR. 2015. Osteological, Biomolecular and Geochemical Examination of an Early Anglo-Saxon Case of Lepromatous Leprosy. PLoS One 10: e0124282. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0124282
Carroll GMC, Waters-Rist A and Inskip SA. 2016. Intranasal Papilloma: A Suspected Case of Inverted Schneiderian Papilloma in the Choana of Adult Male from Post-Medieval Europe. International Journal of Palaeopathology 13:53-62.
Inskip SA. 2016. Death and life in Al-Andalus: Approaches to Funerary Archaeology and Osteoarchaeology. In: Carvajal JL (ed.). Al-Andalus in History and in Memory. Akkadia Press, pp39-45.
Inskip SA. 2016. Reading the Islamic Body: Demonstrating the Potential of a Multifaceted Approach for Exploring Early Medieval Iberian Islamic Identity. In: Quirós Castillo JA (ed). Coloquio Demografia, Paleopatología y Desegualidad Social. Vitoria conference 2015. Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Vitoria, pp263-280.

Evans C, Sørensen ML, Allen MJ, Appleby J, Casimiro T, French C, Inskip S, Lima J, Newman R, Richter K and Scaife R. 2017. Finding Alcatrazes and early Luso-African settlement on Santiago Island, Cape Verde. Antiquity 91: e8 1-9.
Inskip SA, Taylor GM, Anderson S, and Stewart G. 2017. Leprosy in Pre-Norman Suffolk: Biomolecular and Geochemical Analysis of the Woman from Hoxne. Journal of Medical Microbiology 66:1640-1649.  doi: 10.1099/jmm.0.000606
Inskip SA. 2017. Adherence to Islamic tradition and the formation of Iberian Islam in early medieval al-Andalus. In:  Hausmair B and Jarvis B (eds.). The Archaeology of Rules. Berghahn, Oxford, pp254-272.
Zakrzewski S, Wright S, and Inskip SA. 2017.  Anglo-Saxon concepts of dis/ability: placing disease at Great Chesterford in its wider context. In: Byerns J. (ed.). Embodying Impairment: Towards a Bioarchaeology of Disability. Springer, New York, pp269-289.
Inskip SA, Constantinescu M, Brinkman A, Hoogland ML and Sofaer J. 2018. Testing the Accuracy of Basal Occipital Measurements and their Discriminant Functions for Predicting Sex Using Four Documented Early Modern European Collections. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 10: 675–683.
Palmer JLA, Quintelier K, Inskip S and Waters-Rist A. 2018. A comparison of two methods for recording entheseal change on a post-medieval urban skeletal collection from Aalst (Belgium). Archaeometry 61:211-225. https://doi.org/10.1111/arcm.12409
Schuenemann VJ, Avanzi C, Seitz A, Krause-Kyora B, Herbig A, Benjak A, Inskip S, Boldsen J, Taylor GM, Singh P, Mays S, Donoghue HD, Zakrzewski S, Nieselt K, Cole ST and Krause J. 2018. Genome wide spread study on European Leprosy. PloS Pathogens 14: e1006997. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.ppat.1006997
Blom A, Inskip S, Baesten W and Hoogland M. 2018.  Testing the accuracy of the clavicle ageing method on a Dutch post medieval collection. Archaeometry 60: 1391-1402. https://doi.org/10.1111/arcm.12402
Carroll GMC, Inskip SA and Waters-Rist A. 2018. Pathophysiological Stable Isotope Fractionation: Assessing the Impact of Anaemia on Enamel Apatite δ18O and δ13C Values and Bone Collagen δ15N and δ13C Values. Bioarchaeology International 2:117-146. DOI: 10.5744/bi.2018.1021.
Inskip SA, Carroll G, Lopez O and Waters-Rist A. 2019. Diet and food strategies in a southern al-Andalusian urban environment during Caliphal period, Écija, Sevilla. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. DOI: 10.1007/s12520-018-0694-7.
Inskip SA, Scheib C, Kivisild T, Cessford C, Wohns AW, and Robb JE.  2019. Evaluating Macroscopic Sex Estimation Methods using Genetically Sexed Archaeological Material: The Medieval Skeletal Collection from St John’s Divinity School, Cambridge. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 168:340-351. DOI:10.1002/ajpa.23753.
Scheib C, Hui R, D’Anatasio E, Wohns AW, Inskip SA, Rose A, Cessford C, O’Connell, Robb JE, Evans C, Pattern R and Kivisild T. 2019. East Anglian Early Neolithic Monument burial linked to contemporary Megaliths. Annals of Human Biology 43:145-149.
Keller M, Spyrou MA, Scheib CA, Neumann GU, Kröpelin A, Haas-Gebhard B, Päffgen B, Haberstroh J, Lacomba AR, Raynaud C, Cessford C, Durand R, Stadler P, Nägele K, Bates JS, Trautmann B, Inskip SA, Peters J, Robb JE, Kivisild T, Castex D, McCormick M, Bos KI, Harbeck M, Herbig A and Krause J. 2019. Ancient Yersinia pestis genomes from across Western Europe reveal early diversification during the First Pandemic (541-750 CE). PNAS. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1820447116.
Robb JE, Inskip SA, Scheib C, Kivisild T, Cessford C, Wohns AW, Rose A, O’Connell T, Dittmar J, Mitchell P, Stock J and Mulder B. 2019 Osteobiography: the history of the body as real bottom-line history. Bioarchaeology International 3:16-31.
Spyrou M, Keller M, Tukhbatova RI, Scheib CL, Nelson EA, Valtueña AA, Neumann GU, Walker D, Alterauge A, Carty N, Cessford C, Fetz H, Gourvennec M, Hartle R, Henderson M, von Heyking K, Inskip SA, Kacki S, Key FM, Knox EL, Later C, Maheshwari-Aplin P, Peters J, Robb JE, Schreiber S, Kivisild T, Castex D, Lösch S, Harbeck M, Herbig A, Bos KI and Krause J. 2019. A phylogeography of the second plague pandemic revealed through the analysis of historical Yersinia pestis genomes. Nature Communications 10:4470.
Mulder B, Stock JT, Saers JPP, Inskip SA, Cessford C and Robb J. 2020. Trabecular architecture varies between groups within a single sedentary population and differs between sexes. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
Majander K, Pfrengle S, Kocher A, Neukamm J, du Plessis L, Pla-Díaz M, Arora N, Akgül G, Salo K, Schats R, Inskip S, Oinonen M, Valk H, Malve M, Kriiska A, Onkamo P, González-Candelas F, Kühnert D, Krause J, & Schuenemann V.J. 2020. Ancient Bacterial Genomes Reveal a High Diversity of Treponema pallidum Strains in Early Modern Europe. Current biology: CB, 30(19), 3788–3803.e10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2020.07.058.

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