Paola Ponce
Associate Lecturer in Bioarchaeology



Paola took her BSc in Biological Anthropology at Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Buenos Aires, Argentina) in 2002 to then move to the UK to pursue her post-graduate studies. She received her MSc Human Osteology and Palaeopathology at Bradford University in 2004 and her PhD in Palaeopathology at Durham University in 2010 with a Durham Doctoral Fellowship Award.

She worked for Archaeology South-East (University College London) between 2012-2017 carrying out excavation and post-excavation assessment and analysis of human and cremated remains spanning temporarily from Neolithic to post-medieval times.

In 2017 she was appointed as an Associate Lecturer in Bioarchaeology in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York where she teaches Human Bones for undergraduates.

Paola’s research interests include health and disease in past populations, particularly British, European and Amerindians, history of medicine and funerary archaeology of human remains.




Scientific journals/magazines

  • Ponce, P., Dittmar, J., Sibun, L. (accepted) An assessment of the post-mortem investigation on the individuals from the post-medieval burial ground at the Queen’s Chapel Savoy (London). International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.
  • Cansfield, D., Maxted, A., Ponce, P. (2017) The Brighton & Hove Prehistoric Peoples Research Project. PAST: The Newsletter of the Prehistoric Society 86: 7-9.
  • Sygrave, J., Allen, M., Barber, L., Clifford, T., Doherty, A., Forsyth, H., Mooney, D., Ponce, P. (2016) Whitehawk Camp: the impact of a modern city’s expansion on a Neolithic causewayed enclosure, and a reassessment of the site and its surviving archive. Sussex Archaeological Collections 154: 45-66.
  • Ponce P. Novellino P. (2014) A palaeopathological example of Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease from Argentina. International Journal of Paleopathology 6: 30-33.
  • Ponce P. Ogden A. (2013) Ectopic lower third permanent molar within the mandibular condyle: an archaeological example. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 23: 367-369.
  • Ortner D. Ponce P. Ogden A. Buckberry J. (2012) Multicentric osteosarcoma associated with DISH in a 19th Century burial. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 22: 245-252.
  • Ponce P. (2010) Biosocial aspects of sexual division of labour among prehistoric Chinchorro people. Society, Biology & Human Affairs 75: 41-65.
  • Kothari A. Ponce P. Arriaza B. O’connor-read L. (2009) Osteochondritis dissecans of the knee in a mummy from northern Chile. The Knee 16: 159-160.
  • Ponce P. Sardi M. Pucciarelli H. (2001) Análisis funcional en cráneos deformados del noroeste Argentino. Revista Argentina de Antropología Biológica 3: 94-98.
  • Pucciarelli H. Sardi M. Luis M. Lustig A. Ponce P. Zanini M. Neves W. (1999) Posición de los Araucanos en un contexto Asiático-Europeo. I Metodología Funcional. Revista Argentina de Antropología Biológica 2: 163-186.
  • Luis M. Lustig A. Sardi M. Ponce P. Pucciarelli H. (1999) Posición de los Araucanos en un contexto Asiático-Europeo. II Metodología Howelliana. Revista Argentina de Antropología Biológica 2: 187-200.


Book chapters/sections

  • Ponce P. (2011) South America (coordinator). In: The Routledge Handbook of Archaeological Human Remains and Legislation: and international guide to laws and practice in the excavation and treatment of archaeological human remains. Márquez-Grant N., Fibiger L. (Eds). Routledge: 575-576.
  • Karen Bernofsky, Francisca Alves Cardoso, Charlotte Henderson, Tina Jakob, Kimberly Plomp, Paola Ponce, Charlotte Roberts, Jennifer Sharman and Rosa Spencer, (2012), PALAEOPATHOLOGY: Studying the Origin, Evolution and Frequency of Disease in Human Remains From Archaeological Sites, in Archaeology, [Eds.UNESCO-EOLSS Joint Commitee], in: Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss Publishers, Oxford ,UK, []



  • Ponce, P. (2018 forthcoming). The Human Remains. In: The Queens' Chapel of the Savoy in Life and Death: an Historical Insight into an Archaeological Population. Sibun, L. and Ponce, P. (Eds.) Spoilheap Publications, Monograph 17.
  • Arabaolaza I. Ponce P. Boylston A. (2007) Skeletal Analysis. In: Out of darkness, cometh light. Life and Death in 19th Century Wolverhampton: excavation of the overflow burial ground of St. Peter’s Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton 2001-2002. Adams J., Colls, K. (Eds.) British Archaeological Reports British Series 442: 39-70. Oxford: Archaeopress.


Conference proceedings

  • Ponce P. (2012) A comparative study of markers of occupational stress in coastal fishers and inland agriculturalists from northern Chile. In: Proceedings of the Twelve Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology. Mitchell P. Buckberry Jo (Eds) British Archaeological Reports International Series 2380: 71-85. Oxford: Archaeopress.
  • Ponce P. Ghidini G. Gonzalez-José R. (2008) External auditory exostosis “at the end of the world”. The southernmost evidence according to the latitudinal hypothesis. In: Proceedings of the Eighth Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology. Brickley M., Smith M. (Eds). British Archaeological Reports International Series 1743: 101-107. Oxford: Archaeopress.
  • Arabaolaza I. Ponce P. Boylston A. (2007) Industrial accident or deliberate amputation? Three case studies from a Victorian population in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. In: Proceedings of the Seventh Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology. Zakrzewski S., Clegg M., White B. (Eds) British Archaeological Reports International Series 1712: 36-42. Oxford: Archaeopress.


Paola is involved in a number of collaborative projects with academics from the following institutions:

  • A study of mercury content in syphilitic skeletons from London (York-UCL)
  • Cranial dissection and autopsy in post-medieval London (York-Cambridge)
  • Hip prosthesis in contemporary skeletal collections from Buenos Aires (York-Universidad Nacional de La Plata)



Undergraduate 2nd Year Practical Skills: Human Bones

Undergraduate 2nd Year Team Project: Human Bones


Contact details

Dr Paola Ponce
Department of Archaeology
University of York
The King's Manor

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