Lauren Ide (Cassidy) (BA, MSc)

Thesis title: Toil and Trade: Functional Bone Adaptation and Social Allocations of Labour in Urban Medieval Scotland


I have had a long and varied career path with eclectic skills ranging from small business administration to human cadaver dissection. For 13 years I had a career in bodywork and physiotherapy treating sports injuries, RSI, and chronic pain. While working full-time in clinical practice I completed a BA in Anthropology with a focus in Biological Anthropology and Archaeology at California State University, East Bay in Northern California. 

In 2016 I took a leap and moved to Edinburgh to complete my MSc in Human Osteoarchaeology at the University of Edinburgh. My Master’s dissertation looked at activity and entheseal changes between urban and rural medieval Scottish populations. 

I stayed on at Edinburgh for my PhD which carries on similar themes from my MSc research. My project synthesises feminist bioarchaeology with my background in kinesiology and biomechanics to study the activity, tasks, and occupation of medieval Scottish women via entheseal changes, cross-sectional geometry, and joint disease. 

My research interests centre around pathology, disability, and the biomechanics of daily living and how they intersect with sex, gender, allocation of labour, class, age, and social status. 



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Doctoral student, Archaeology, University of Edinburgh (2017-current)

Master of Science, Human Osteoarchaeology, University of Edinburgh(2016-2017)

Bachelor of Arts, Biological Anthropology and Archaeology, California State University, East Bay(2014-2016)GPA 3.9 (2:1/First)

Associates of Occupational Studies, Massage Therapy, Colorado School of Healing Arts (2003-2005) 

Responsibilities & affiliations

British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology, Student Member,(2016-current)

American Association of Biological Anthropologists, Student Member, (2018-current)

Undergraduate teaching

Postgraduate Tutor/Demonstrator for:

The Human Skeleton in Archaeology and Forensic Science: Investigating Death and the Dead

Postgraduate teaching

Postgraduate Tutor/Demonstrator for:

Human Musculoskeletal Anatomy

Analytical Methods in Human Osteoarchaeology

Skeletal Pathology 

Research summary

  • Bone biology, anatomy, entheseal changes, cross-sectional analysis
  • Tasks, occupation, activity, and biomechanical forces on the skeleton 
  • Gender and feminist archaeology 
  • Palaeopathology