The Pictish Arts Society





Forthcoming Events- May 20th Online Lecture


Dr Shirley Curtis-Summers:  Set in stone and seeped in bone: diet and health in medieval Scotland 

A comprehensive study of nearly 200 skeletons from Portmahomack, Easter Ross, revealed
important insights into the diet, health, and disease of its Pictish and medieval inhabitants.
This talk will guide us through the bioarchaeological investigation of these skeletons which
provide rare direct evidence of the Picts’ everyday lives.

Dr Shirley Curtis-Summers is a lecturer in archaeological and forensic sciences at the
University of Bradford. Her research focuses on reconstructing aspects of diet, disease, and
trauma on individuals from medieval and early modern Britain, by using stable isotope and
osteological methods. Shirley has a particular interest in medieval and early modern
Scotland, with investigations focused on interpersonal violence, diet and well-being, and
socio-economic and environmental influences on maternal-child health. 

Shirley has most recently collaborated on the Cold Case Whithorn project and is a contributor to
the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF). She is also a Trustee for Tarbat Historic
Trust and a keen advocate of promoting Scotland’s history and heritage.

Zoom link will be sent out to all members before the lecture. Lecture starts at 1930.