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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

Staff

Kori Lea Filipek, AA BA MA MSc AFHEA

Personal web page

(email at k.l.filipek-ogden@durham.ac.uk)

Research Topic

Immunity and Isolation?: Examining the biological and social impacts of leprosy in the Saxo-Norman Period (9th - 11th centuries AD)

My research employs a novel multi-isotopic approach to examine the individual life histories of young peoples suffering from leprosy in Medieval England. I examine residential origins (strontium and oxygen isotopes) from dental enamel and whole-life dietary profiles (carbon and nitrogen isotopes) from incremental dentine and use this data in conjunction with skeletal, historical, and clinical frameworks to examine the physiological and nutritional stresses that may have compromised leprosy immunity, the mobility histories of young leprosy sufferers, and their subsequent care and treatment until death. The findings from this research will help to better explore a fuller picture of the biological and social impacts of leprosy on past populations, and consequentially, present-day society at large. This line of research has not previously been investigated and is important in understanding and addressing present-day immunological susceptibility, social inequalities, and treatment of peoples suffering from leprosy.

Publications

  • Filipek, K.L., Roberts, C.A., Gowland, R., Tucker, K. (in prep). Alloparenting Adolescents: Evaluating the Biological and Social Impacts of Leprosy on Young People in Saxo-Norman England (9th - 12th centuries AD) through Cross-Disciplinary Models of Care. The Family in Past Perspective: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Familial Relationships Through Time. Kendall, E. & Kendall, R. (eds). London: Routledge.
  • Filipek, K.L., Stanciu, I.,Tucker, K., Loeffelmann, T., Oliverson, M., Crowther, M., Ogden, N., Beck, S., Kohnle, C. (in press). Jucu de Sus Medieval Cemetery, Cluj Napoca, Transylvania, Romania: Excavation and Analyses from the 2019 Season.Cronica Cercetărilor Arheologice Din România: Campania 2019. Bucharest: Institutul Național al Patrimoniului.

  • Filipek, K. L., Roberts, C., Montgomery, J., Gowland, R., & Beaumont, J. (2020). Stressed to Death: Stable isotope evidence of pathophysiological stress from young people with leprosy buried at a Medieval English leprosarium. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Vol. 171: 86

  • Crowder, K. D., Montgomery, J., Filipek, K. L., & Evans, J. A. (2020). Romans, barbarians and foederati: New biomolecular data and a possible region of origin for “Headless Romans” and other burials from Britain. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 30, 102180.
  • Filipek, K.L., Stanciu, I.,Tucker, K., Lanigan, L., Snyder, J., Oliverson, M., Crowther, M., Gardner, B., Rice, K. (2019). Jucu de Sus Medieval Cemetery, Cluj Napoca, Transylvania, Romania: Excavation and Analyses from the 2018 Season.Cronica Cercetărilor Arheologice Din România: Campania 2018. Bucharest: Institutul Național al Patrimoniului.

  • Crowder, K. D., Montgomery, J., Gröcke, D. R., & Filipek, K. L. (2019). Childhood “stress” and stable isotope life‐histories in Transylvania. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.
  • Filipek, K.L., Stanciu, I., Tucker, K., Lanigan, L., Blevins, K., Snyder, J., Oliverson, M., Thompson, E., Rothlin, K., Crowther, M. (2018). Jucu de Sus Medieval Cemetery: Excavation and Analysis Report. Cronica Cercetărilor Arheologice Din România: Campania 2017. Institutul Național al Patrimoniului.
  • Filipek, Kori, and Roberts, Charlotte (2018). The Bioarchaeology Of Infectious Disease in The International Encyclopedia of Biological Anthropology, Wenda Trevathan (ed). John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
  • Stanciu, I., Tucker, K.,Filipek, K.L., Lanigan, L., Snyder, J., Blevins, K. (2017). Jucu de Sus. Punct: Râtul boilor (parcul industrial TETAROM III). Cronica Cercetărilor Arheologice Din România: Campania 2016. Institutul Național al Patrimoniului.
  • Roffey, S., Tucker, K., Filipek-Ogden, K., Montgomery, J., Cameron, J., O’Connell, T., ... & Taylor, G. M. (2017). Investigation of a Medieval Pilgrim Burial Excavated from the Leprosarium of St Mary Magdalen Winchester, UK. PLoS neglected tropical diseases, 11(1), e0005186.
  • Filipek-Ogden, K. L., Charlotte Roberts, Janet Montgomery, Jane Evans, Rebecca Gowland, and Katie Tucker. "Keeping up with the kids: mobility patterns of young individuals from the St. Mary Magdalen Leprosy Hospital (Winchester)." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 159 (2016): 143.
  • Roberts, C.A., Caffell, A., Filipek-Ogden, K.L., Gowland, R., Jakob, T. (2016). Til Poison Phosphorous Brought them Death: A potentially occupationally related disease in a post-medieval skeleton from north-east England. International Journal of Paleopathology, Vol. 13: 39-48.
  • Stanciu, I., Filipek-Ogden, K.L., Tucker, K., Hunt, K., Ogden, N. (2016). Jucu de Sus excavations. Punct: Râtul boilor (parcul industrial TETAROM III). Cronica Cercetărilor Arheologice Din România: Campania 2015. Institutul Național al Patrimoniului.
  • Crowder, K. D., Montgomery, J., Filipek-Ogden, K. L., Evans, J., & Grocke, D. R. (2016). Isotopic profiling of diet, health, and mobility amongst the non-adult Gepid population buried at the Archuid Cemetery in Transylvania, Romania (4th–7th centuries AD). American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 159(S62), 124.
  • Stanciu, I., Filipek-Ogden, K.L., Tucker, K., Hunt, K., Ogden, N. (2015). Jucu de Sus, com. Jucu, jud. Cluj. Punct: Râtul boilor (parcul industrial TETAROM III). Cronica Cercetărilor Arheologice Din România: Campania 2014. Institutul Național al Patrimoniului: 97-98.
  • Filipek-Ogden, K. L., and Roberts, C.A. (2014). Ill-Fated? Exploring bioarchaeological links between childhood non-specific indicators of stress and leprosy immunity in Medieval England. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 153, 117.
  • Filipek-Ogden, K.L. (2013). Ill-fated?:Exploring Relationships Between the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease Hypothesis and Leprosy in Bioarchaeology. Durham University. MSc dissertation in Palaeopathology.
  • Filipek-Ogden, K.L. (2012). Long Bone Bowing Deformities in the Transylvanian Bronze Age. California State University, Long Beach. MA Thesis in Anthropology.
  • Filipek, K.L. (2008). The art of sacrifice: tattooing and human creativity. Proceedings from the What Makes Us Human? Anthropology Conference. Vision.org Foundation, Los Angeles, California (USA).

Conferences

  • Filipek, K.L., Roberts, C.A., Montgomery, J., Gowland, R., Beaumont, J. (2019). Assessing diet and cachectic stress in young people with leprosy buried at a Medieval English leprosarium using stable isotope analyses from high-resolution incremental dentine. Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing 4th annual Early Career Researcher Conference (UK).
  • Filipek, K.L., Tucker, K., Stanciu, I., Oliverson, M., Crowther, M., Snyder, J. (2019). Bilateral Protrusio Acetabuli in a Medieval Skeleton from Transylvania: A Case for Marfan Syndrome. Workshop on Ancient Rare Diseases. German Archaeological Institute (Germany).
  • Filipek, K.L., Crowther, M., Errickson, D., Tucker, K., Stanciu, I., Blevins, K., Snyder, J., Lanigan, L. (2018). Beyond the cutting edge: high-resolution digital analysis of potential lacerations from the Jucu de Sus Necropolis (Transylvania). Digital Dilemmas Conference. Institute of Archaeology, University College London (UK).
  • Filipek, K.L. (2017). Digging Deeper: Opportunities within the field school model. Beyond the Trench: A workshop in archaeological pedagogy. Durham University (UK).
  • Filipek, K.L., Errickson, D., Crowther, M. Tucker, K., Stanciu, I., Blevins, K., Snyder, J., Lanigan, L. (2017). Beyond the cutting edge: high-resolution digital analysis of potential lacerations from the Jucu de Sus Necropolis (Transylvania).19th Annual Conference British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology. Liverpool John Moores University (UK)
  • Filipek, K.L., Roberts, C.A., Montgomery, J., Gowland, R., Evans, J. Tucker, K. (2017). Anywhere they roam: Mobility histories of young individuals from medieval leprosaria. 23rd Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, Maastricht (Netherlands).
  • Kori Lea Filipek, Charlotte Roberts, Janet Montgomery, Rebecca Gowland, Julia Beaumont. (2016). Assessing physiological stress in young people with leprosy buried at a Medieval English leprosarium using stable isotope analyses from high-resolution incremental dentine. 18th Annual Conference British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology. University of Kent (UK).
  • Blevins, K., Filipek, KL, Tucker, K., Snyder, J., Lanigan, L., Hunt, K., Crowder, K., Oliverson, M., Tschinkel, K. (2016).The straw that broke their backs: Patterns of spinal trauma in medieval males from the Jucu de Sus Necropolis (Transylvania).18th Annual Conference British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology. University of Kent (UK).
  • Crowder, K; Montgomery, J; Gröcke, DR; Filipek, KL. (2016). Lesions and isotopes: an integrated study of childhood metabolic stress and stable isotope life histories in the Kingdom of the Gepids. 18th Annual Conference British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology. University of Kent (UK).
  • Lanigan LT, Filipek KL, Tucker K, Gestsdóttir H. Unusual Dental Calculus Formation and Orofacial Pathology. (2016). 18th Annual Conference British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology. University of Kent (UK).
  • Filipek-Ogden, K.L., Roberts, C.A., Montgomery, J., Gowland, R., Evans, J. Tucker, K. (2016). Keeping Up with the Kids: Mobility patterns of young individuals from the St. Mary Magdalen Leprosy Hospital (Winchester). 85th Annual Conference of the American Association of Physical Anthropology. Atlanta, Georgia (USA).
  • Crowder, K., Montgomery, J.,Filipek-Ogden, K.L., Evans, J., Grocke, D. (2016). Isotopic profiling of diet, health, and mobility amongst the non-adult Gepid population buried at the Archuid Cemetery in Transylvania, Romania (4th –7th centuries AD). 85th Annual Conference of the American Association of Physical Anthropology. Atlanta, Georgia (USA). 
  • Tschinkel, K., Filipek, KL, Tucker, K., Blevins, K., Snyder, J., Lanigan, L., Hunt, K., Crowder, K., Oliverson, M. (2016) Working land and eating bland: physiological trends in early Slavic migrants from the Jucu de Sus Necropolis (Transylvania, Romania). 43rd Annual Meeting of the Palaeopathology Association, Atlanta, USA.
  • Filipek-Ogden, K.L., Stanciu, I., Tucker, K., Hunt, K., Snyder, J., Crowder, K., Ogden, N., Oliverson, M., Tschinkel, K., Bereza, M. (2015). Working Land and Eating Bland: Pathological trends in early Slavic migrants from the Jucu de Sus Necropolis (Transylvania, Romania). 43rd Annual Meeting of the Paleopathology Association. Atlanta, Georgia (USA).
  • Gowland, R., Roberts, C.A., Caffell, A., Filipek-Ogden, K.L., Jakob, T. (2015). Til Poison Phosphorous Brought Them Death: The ‘othering’ of working class bodies in 19th century England. 114th Annual Conference of the American Anthropological Association. Denver, Colorado (USA).
  • Hunt, K., Filipek-Ogden, K.L., Stanciu, I., Tucker, K., Snyder, J., Crowder, K., Ogden, N., Oliverson, M., Tschinkel, K., Bereza, M. (2015). Burials and Bodies: Patterns of treatment, pathology, and demography in the Jucu de Sus Necropolis, Transylvania (5th-12th centuries AD). 17th Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology. Sheffield University, Sheffield (UK).
  • Filipek-Ogden, K.L., Roberts, C.A., Montgomery, J., Gowland, R., Evans, J. Tucker, K. (2015). Keeping Up with the Kids: Mobility patterns of young individuals from the St. Mary Magdalen Leprosy Hospital (Winchester).17th Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology. Sheffield University, Sheffield (UK).
  • Filipek-Ogden, K.L., Roberts, C.A., Montgomery, J., Gowland, R., Evans, J. (2015). Isotopic approaches to assessing Leprosy Stigma in Medieval England. United Kingdom Archaeological Science Conference. Durham University, Durham (UK).
  • Roberts, C.A., Caffell, A., Filipek-Ogden, K.L., Gowland, R., Jakob, T. (2015). An occupationally related disease in a 19th century skeleton from north-east England? The past and present of “phossy jaw.” 42nd Annual Meeting of the Palaeopathology Association. St. Louis, Missouri (USA).
  • Filipek-Ogden, K.L., Roberts, C.A., Montgomery, J., Gowland, R., Evans, J. (2014). Infection and Isolation?:Assessing Leprosy Stigma in Medieval England. 42nd Annual Meeting of the Palaeopathology Association. St. Louis, Missouri (USA).
  • Roberts, C.A., Caffell, A., Filipek-Ogden, K.L., Gowland, R., Jakob, T. (2014). An occupationally related disease in a 19th century skeleton from north-east England? The past and present of “phossy jaw.” 16th Annual Conference of the 16th Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology. Durham University, Durham (UK).
  • Filipek-Ogden, K.L. (2014). Ill-Fated?: Exploring bioarchaeological links between childhood non-specific indicators of stress and leprosy immunity in Medieval England. 16th Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology. Durham University, Durham (UK).
  • Roberts, C.A., Caffell, A., Filipek-Ogden, K.L., Gowland, R., Jakob, T. (2014). An occupationally related disease in a 19th century skeleton from north-east England? The past and present of “phossy jaw.” 20th Annual European Meeting of the Palaeopathology Association Lund (Sweden).
  • Filipek-Ogden, K.L. (2014). Ill-Fated?: Exploring bioarchaeological links between childhood non-specific indicators of stress and leprosy immunity in Medieval England. 83rd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists- Special Symposium on Neglected Infectious Diseases in Palaeopathology and Clinical Medicine. Dedicated to the memory of Donald J. Ortner. Calgary, Alberta (Canada).
  • Filipek-Ogden, K.L. (2014). Congenital Confusions: Assessing Diagnostic Discrepancies in Spinal Malformations. 41st Annual Meeting of the Palaeopathology Association. Calgary, Alberta (Canada
  • Filipek-Ogden, K.L. (2013). The Clash of the Congenital Conditions.15th Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology, University of York, York (U.K.).

Teaching

Past and Present Teaching Responsibilities (Durham University)

  • Co-Supervisor (Level 4 - Palaeopathology - Dissertation Module)
  • Demonstrator (Level 4 – ID and Analysis of the Human Skeleton)
  • Demonstrator (Level 4 – Palaeopathology Theory and Method)
  • Demonstrator (Level 2 - Specialised Aspects: Human Bones)
  • Demonstrator (Level 1 – Archaeology Practicals: Human Bones)
  • Seminar Leader (Level 1 - Medieval to Modern World)
  • Tutor (Level 1 - Historical Archaeological Methods)
  • Tutor (Level 1 – Applied Archaeological Methods)
  • Tutor (Level 1 – Archaeology in Britain)
  • Tutor (Level 1 – Discovering World Prehistory)
  • Co-Convenor (Level 1-4 – Student Archaeology Workshops)
  • Open Lab Tutor (Level 4 – ID and Analysis of the Human Skeleton)
  • Open Lab Tutor (Level 4 – Palaeopathology Theory and Method)

Past and Present Teaching Responsibilities (Outside Durham)

  • Lecturer (Osteology and Palaeopathology; Transylvania Bioarchaeology/Institute of Archaeology, Cluj)
  • Lab Demonstrator (Osteology and Palaeopathology; Transylvania Bioarchaeology/Institute of Archaeology, Cluj)
  • Teacher (Introduction to Palaeopathology; British Council Science in Schools, France)
  • Lecturer (Human Osteology; California State University, Long Beach)
  • Lecturer (Human Osteology; Transylvania National History Museum)
  • Teaching Assistant (Guided Studies in Osteology; California State University, Long Beach)
  • Teaching Assistant (Introduction to Archaeology; California State University, Long Beach)

Outreach/Impact

  • Skype a Scientist (2019-2020)
  • Durham University, Department of Archaeology - Bioarchaeology Research Group Guest Speaker (2019)
  • Bone Detectives - Research, Channel 4 Documentary Series (2019)
  • Wellcome Medical Galleries - London Science Museum, Featured Presenter in Leprosy Documentary; Permanent Exhibition (2019)
  • North East Raising Aspiration Partnership (2018)
  • Bioarch Bites, Durham University (2018)
  • Manchester Science Festival (2017)
  • British Council, Science in Schools Initiative (2014-2016)
  • Antioch Archaeology Group Public Lectures (2014-2016)
  • GoUnesco Heritage Ambassador (2014-2016)
  • Sheffield University, Department of Archaeology – Invited Guest Speaker (2015)
  • Archaeosoup Interview for YouTube (2015)
  • Celebrate Science, Durham (2013) 

Fieldwork

  • Jucu de Sus Necropolis Excavations and Analyses, Romania - Transylvania Bioarchaeology and the Institute for Archaeology and Art History, Cluj-Napoca; 2013-present (co-PI)
  • Kingdom of the Gepids Project, Romania - Transylvania Bioarchaeology and Transylvania National History Museum; 2012-2014 (co-PI)
  • Noua Culture Project, Romania - Transylvania National History Museum and Archaeotek; 2010-2011 (osteologist)
  • Ataco, El Salvador – California State University, Long Beach; 2010 (geophysical survey, XRF, and excavations)
  • Rancho Palos Verdes, CA – California State University, Long Beach; 2010 (geophysical survey)
  • Mycenae, Greece – California State University, Long Beach; 2009 (osteologist)
  • Phalassarna, Crete – Hellenic Education and Research Centre; 2008 (archaeologist)

Indicators of Esteem/University Administration

  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Sub-Group (2019-present), British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO)
  • Invited Speaker (2019) 23rd Annual Palaeopathology Association European Meeting, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Vilnius University (Lithuania)
  • Disability and Mental Health Representative for Postgraduate Research (2019-2020), Department of Archaeology, Durham University
  • Coordinator (2019-2020), Bioarchaeology Reading Group, Department of Archaeology, Durham University
  • Invited Speaker (2019) Bioarchaeology Research Seminar, Department of Archaeology, Durham University 
  • Invited Speaker (2017)
    Beyond the Trench: Pedagogy in Archaeology Conference
    Department of Archaeology, Durham University
  • Invited Speaker (2017)
    23rd Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists,
    Special Session on Mobility and Migration. Maastricht (Netherlands).
  • GoUNESCO (2014-2016)
    Heritage Ambassador for Durham University
  • Conference Co-Organizer (2015)
    United Kingdom Archaeological Science Conference (UKAS)
    Durham University, Durham (UK). 
  • Invited Speaker (2015)
    42nd Annual Meeting of the Palaeopathology Association,
    Special Symposium on Health and Migration. St. Louis, Missouri (USA).
  • Bioarchaeology Research Group Rrepresentative (2015-present) Durham University
  • Invited Speaker (2015)
    Sheffield University Research Dialogues
  • Postgraduate Education Committee Representative (2014-2015)
    Department of Archaeology, Durham University 
  • Invited Presenter (2014)
    83rd Annual American Association of Physical Anthropology Conference (2014) . Special Symposium on Neglected Infectious Dieases in Palaeopathology and Clinical Medicine. In memory of Donald Ortner. Calgary, Alberta (Canada).
  • Lead Organiser (2014), Durham Castle Charity Ball
  • Coordinator (2014-2015) Bioarchaeology Reading Group, Department of Archaeology, Durham University
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate Mentor (2013-Present), University College, Durham University
  • Postgraduate Representative (2013-2014), Department of Archaeology, Durham University
  • Project Director (2012-Present) Jucu de Sus Necropolis Skeletal Analyses, Transylvania Bioarchaeology
  • Invited Speaker (2012) 5th Annual Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) Conference Buffalo, New York (USA)
  • NAGPRA Research Associate (2011-2012), State of California
  • Department of Anthropology Ambassador (2009-2012), California State University, Long Beach

Selected Grants/Scholarships

  • University College, Durham University Employability & Travel Scholarships, 2015 (£750)
  • Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) Small Research Grants, 2014 (£1011)
  • Society for Church Archaeology Research Grant, 2013 (£500)
  • Durham University-Archaeology Departmental Bursary, 2012 (£2500)
  • California State University Provost Research Stipend, 2009 ($2500)
  • California State Merit-Based Educational Grant, 2008-2012 ($19,155)
  • CAL Grant, 2007 ($4323)
  • CAMEO/Assistance League, 2007 ($1200)
  • Americorps Educational Grant, 2007 ($4725) 

Research Groups

  • Bioarchaeology Research Group

Publications

Chapter in book

  • Filipek, K.L. & Roberts, C.A. (2018). Bioarchaeology of infectious diseases. In The International Encyclopedia of Biological Anthropology. Trevathan, W. & Larsen, C.S. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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