The following people currently serve as the Board of Trustees for The British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology.

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Kirsty Owen

Representative from a Professional Organisation

Dr Kirsty Owen

Representative from a Professional Organisation (2021-)

E-mail: kirsty.owen[at]

Kirsty is Deputy Head of Archaeology in the Archaeology and World Heritage Team at Historic Environment Scotland (HES), where she is responsible for the delivery of Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy on behalf of HES, in partnership with The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, CIfA, ALGAO Scotland and Archaeology Scotland. Kirsty runs HES’s Human Remains and Emergency Archaeology call-off contract. This contract was set up to manage the investigation of chance discoveries of archaeological human remains in Scotland. Kirsty has oversight of best practice with regard to the treatment of human remains within HES and is working to update her organisation’s internal operational procedures Kirsty sits on the Scottish Heritage Crime Group, working closely with Police Scotland to ensure best practice is followed when human remains are found. Kirsty studied Archaeology and Prehistory (BA Hons) at The University of Sheffield, before completing an MA in European Historical Archaeology. Her research interests focused on the representation of death and dying in England between the 14th and 18th centuries. She completed her PhD at The University of Leicester in 2006, which focused on the medieval and early modern art of dying, before moving to Scotland.

Job Description

The post entails making BABAO aware of developments in the broader archaeological sector and helping to ensure that BABAO views are heard to maximum effect shaping those developments. The post-holder will be a member of a major professional organisation in archaeology or other relevant discipline, or owns their own business.