We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Durham University

Research & business

View Profile

Sarah Maya Rosen, BA, MSc, PhD Candidate

Contact Sarah Maya Rosen


I received my BA in Anthropology with merit from State University of New York at Geneseo in 2013, with a concentration in biological anthropology and bioarchaeology. I then received my MSc in Palaeopathology with merit from Durham University in 2016, with a dissertation entitled The Problematic Epidemiology of Venereal Syphilis: A Comprehensive Appraisal of the New World Evidence for Treponemal Infection which received distinction. This research focused on published bioarchaeological evidence of syphilis in the New World, and critically examined the subjective, colonial lens through which much of human osteological research has been undertaken.

In 2012, I completed my bioarchaeological field training with the Ecomuseu Cap de Cavalleria in Menorca, Spain, and was inducted into Lambda Alpha (the International Anthropology Honors Society) and Sigma Tau Delta (the International English Honors Society). Then in 2013-2014, I completed two consecutive internships at the American Museum of Natural History (New York City) in the North American Archaeological Lab under Dr. David Hurst Thomas, and the Human Osteology Lab under Dr. Ian Tattersall respectively. I also participated in the British Survey of Archaeology course at Corpus Christi, Cambridge University run through the Association for Cultural Exchange (ACE Foundation).

My current research interests lie in post-conflict Guatemala, specifically the effects excavation and reclamation of skeletonised remains from the civil war have on current communities of survivors. 

I am also a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant for the Human Evolution and Diversity module, and the former Editor-in-Chief and Science Sub-Editor of Kaleidoscope--the interdisciplinary journal run under the auspices of Durham's Institute of Advanced Study

Research Interests

  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Human Osteology
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Human Rights Violations
  • Children in Violent Conflict
  • Transitional Justice
  • Photogrammetry

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2012: Lambda Alpha: Inducted into International Anthropology Honours Society
  • 2012: Sigma Tau Delta: Inducted into the International English Honours Society
  • 2010: Daedalus Foundation Award in Art History, Art History Research Fellows Project, Guggenheim Museum:

Selected Publications

Book review

Chapter in book

Journal Article

Show all publications

Is supervised by