The Honorary Lifetime Membership Award

Honorary Lifetime Membership is bestowed upon distinguished individuals to recognise them for their significant contributions to the Association and the greater disciplines of biological anthropology and osteoarchaeology.

At the 2018 Annual Meeting in Cranfield, BABAO's first Honorary Lifetime Membership was awarded to Prof Holger Schutkowski.

Prof Holger Schutkowski

Holger Schutkowski has been a vital and fundamental part of BABAO since BABAO’s inception 20 years ago. He has served as President and has hosted the conference on several occasions (in two different universities). He is currently Professor of Bioarchaeology at Bournemouth University, and has previously served as Deputy Dean there. Holger has supervised Masters and PhD students both at Bradford and at Bournemouth, with his past PhD students employed in jobs across a range of countries!

Holger arrived at Bournemouth fresh from being Head of Archaeology, Geography & Environmental Sciences at Bradford, where he had been from 2000-2010. Obviously, he will be known to lots of past and current BABAO members for his involvement with the Bradford MSc course and the palaeopathology short courses! Prior to coming to the UK, Holger was a member of staff at the University of Göttingen and had also spent time as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Copenhagen (having completed his PhD in Göttingen in 1990).

Holger Schutkowski has served as an associate editor for the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Environmental Archaeology and Bulletins et Mémoires de la Société d’Anthropologie de Paris. He was the current chair of APABE (the Advisory Panel on the Archaeology of Burials in England) from 2012-2014. He was also on the panel organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute/British Association for Forensic Anthropology for the accreditation of forensic practitioners from 2012-2014. And last, but by no means least, Holger has worked very hard for the association, including as President (2004-2009).

Holger’s publications are wide-ranging and extensive, focusing on aspects of assigning age and sex estimates to use of complex isotopic or histological methods of enquiry. In addition to over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, Holger has one monograph and several edited volumes to his name. These latter two have both pushed the field of bioarchaeology forwards, driving for synthesis and greater nuance to be applied in the analyses of interactions between biological systems and culture. He was also one of the first in Britain to take an explicitly biocultural approach to isotopic studies of human remains. He has been instrumental in synthesising different fields within biological anthropology and archaeology. He has demonstrated that isotopic and histological studies should only and can only exist within the wider bioarchaeological study and are meaningless without the biocultural context. This has been reflected in the policies adopted by Historic England and BABAO itself (e.g. see 2013 “Science and the Dead” guidelines for the destructive sampling of archaeological human remains for scientific analysis).

We can think of no more fitting a recipient of Honorary Lifetime Membership than Professor Holger Schutkowski.

Dr Jo Buckberry and Dr Sonia Zakrzewski (nominators)

Selected Publications

  • Sołtysiak, A. and Schutkowski, H., 2018. Stable isotopic evidence for land use patterns in the Middle Euphrates Valley, Syria. Am J Phys Anthropol.
  • Haber, M., Schutkowski, H. et al., 2017. Continuity and Admixture in the Last Five Millennia of Levantine History from Ancient Canaanite and Present-Day Lebanese Genome Sequences. American Journal of Human Genetics 101 (2): 274-282.
  • Waltenberger, L. and Schutkowski, H., 2017. Effects of heat on cut mark characteristics. Forensic Science International 271: 49-58.
  • Gerdau-Radonić, K., Goude, G., Castro de la Mata, P., André, G., Schutkowski, H. and Makowski, K., 2015. Diet in Peru's pre-Hispanic central coast. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 4: 371-386.
  • Soltysiak, A. and Schutkowski, H., 2015. Continuity and change in subsistence 1 at Tell Barri, NE Syria. Journal of Archaeological Science - Reports 2: 176-185.
  • Hess, C.A., Smith, M.J., Trueman, C. and Schutkowski, H., 2015. Longitudinal and contemporaneous manganese exposure in apartheid-era South Africa: Implications for the past and future. International Journal of Paleopathology 8: 1-9.
  • Nor, F.M., Pastor, R.F. and Schutkowski, H., 2015. Histological study to differentiate between human and non-human long bone. International Medical Journal 22 (5): 413-417.
  • Nor, F.M., Pastor, R.F. and Schutkowski, H., 2014. Age at death estimation from bone histology in Malaysian males. Med Sci Law 54 (4): 203-208.
  • Gauthier, J. and Schutkowski, H., 2013. Assessing the application of tooth cementum annulation relative to macroscopic aging techniques in an archeological sample. HOMO- Journal of Comparative Human Biology 64 (1): 42-57.
  • Hess, C., Cooper, M.J., Smith, M.J., Trueman, C. and Schutkowski, H., 2013. Lead exposure in adult males in urban Transvaal Province, South Africa during the apartheid era. PLoS One 8 (3): e58146.
  • Schutkowski, H., 2012. (ed.) Between Biology and Culture. Cambridge University Press.
  • O Connor, S., Schutkowski, H. et al., 2011. Exceptional preservation of a prehistoric human brain from Heslington, Yorkshire, UK. Journal of Archaeological Science 38: 1641-1654.
  • Mainland, I.L., Schutkowski, H. and Thomson, A.F., 2007. Macro- and micromorphological features of lifestyle differences in pigs and wild boar. Anthropozoologica 42: 89-106.
  • Schutkowski, H., 2006. Human Ecology: Biocultural Adaptations in Human Communities. Berlin: Springer.
  • Nor, F.H., Pastor, R.F. and Schutkowski, H., 2006. Population-specific equation for the estimation of age: A model for known Malaysian population skeletal remains. Malaysian Journal of Forensic Pathology and Science 1: 15-28.
  • Falys, C.G., Schutkowski, H. and Weston, D.A., 2006. Auricular surface aging: Worse than expected? A test of the revised method on a documented historic skeletal assemblage. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 130: 508-513.
  • Falys, C.G., Schutkowski, H. and Weston, D.A., 2005. The distal humerus--a blind test of Rogers' sexing technique using a documented skeletal collection. Journal of Forensic Sciences 50 (6): 1289-1293.
  • Bennike, P., Lewis, M.E., Schutkowski, H. and Valentin, F., 2005. Comparison of Child Morbidity in Two Contrasting Medieval Cemeteries From Denmark. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 128: 734-746.
  • Le Huray, J.D. and Schutkowski, H., 2005. Diet and social status during the La Tène period in Bohemia: Carbon and nitrogen stable isotope analysis of bone collagen from Kutná Hora-Karlov and Radovesice. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 24: 135-147.
  • Macho, G., Abel, R. and Schutkowski, H., 2005. Age Changes in Bone Microstructure: Do They Occur Uniformly? International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 15: 421-430.
  • Fabig, A., Schutkowski, H. and Herrmann, B., 2000. Differentiation between occupational and dietary-related intake of barium in the skeleton. Anthropologischer Anzeiger 58 (1): 105-111.
  • Schutkowski, H., 2000. Neighbours in different habitats--subsistence and social differentiation in early mediaeval populations of the eastern Swabian Alb. Anthropologischer Anzeiger 58 (1): 113-120.
  • Brenn, R., Haug, C., Klar, U., Zander, S., Alt, K.W., Jamieson, D.N., Lee, K.K. and Schutkowski, H., 1999. Post-mortem intake of lead in 11th century human bones and teeth studied by milli- and microbeam PIXE and RBS. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms 158: 270-274.
  • Schutkowski, H., Herrmann, B., Wiedemann, F., Bocherens, H. and Grupe, G., 1999. Diet, status and decomposition at Weingarten: trace element and isotope analyses on early mediaeval skeletal material. Journal of Archaeological Science 26: 675-685.
  • Schutkowski, H. and Grupe, G., 1997. Correlations between cribra orbitalia, archeometric findings on the skeleton and habitat conditions. Anthropologischer Anzeiger 55 (2): 155-166.
  • Schutkowski, H. and Herrmann, B., 1996. Geographical variation of subsistence strategies in early mediaeval populations of southwestern Germany. Journal of Archaeological Science 23: 823-831.
  • Schutkowski, H., Schultz, M. and Holzgraefe, M., 1996. Fatal wounds in a Late Neolithic double inhumation — A probable case of meningitis following trauma. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 6: 179-184.
  • Schutkowski, H., 1995. What you are makes you eat different things-interrelations of diet, status, and sex in the early medieval population of Kirchheim unter Teck, FGR. Human Evolution 10: 119-130.
  • Schutkowski, H., 1993. Sex determination of infant and juvenile skeletons: I. Morphognostic features. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 90: 199-205.
  • Herrmann, B., Grupe, G., Hummel, H., Piepenbrink, H. and Schutkowski, H., 1990. Praehistorische Anthropologie. Berlin: Springer.
  • Schutkowski, H., 1989. Age and sex diagnosis of the skeleton of immature individuals. Anthropologischer Anzeiger 47 (1): 1-9.
  • Schutkowski, H. and Grupe, G., 1989. Dietary shift during the 2nd millennium BC in Prehistoric Shimal, Oman Peninsula. Paleorient 15: 77-84.
  • Schutkowski, H. and Hummel, S., 1987. Comparison of variability in wall thickness for sex determination of cremated cadavers. Anthropologischer Anzeiger 45 (1): 43-47.
  • Piepenbrink, H. and Schutkowski, H., 1987. Decomposition of skeletal remains in desert dry soil: a roentgenological study. Human Evolution 2: 481-491.
  • Schutkowski, H., 1987. Sex determination of fetal and neonate skeletons by means of discriminant analysis. International Journal of Anthropology 2: 347-352.
  • Hummel, S. and Schutkowski, H., 1986. Behavior of bone tissue in higher temperatures. Significance for the diagnosis of cremation. Zeitschrift fur Morphologie und Anthropologie 77 (1): 1-9.
  • Schutkowski, H., 1986. Sex differences in child skeletons. Current knowledge and diagnostic significance. Zeitschrift fur Morphologie und Anthropologie 76 (2): 149-168.
  • Schutkowski, H., 1983. Diagnostic value of the petrous portion of the temporal bone for sex determination. Zeitschrift fur Morphologie und Anthropologie 74 (2): 129-144.
  • Schutkowski, H. and Herrmann, B., 1983. Zur Möglichkeit der metrischen Geschlechtsdiagnose an der Pars petrosa ossis temporalis. Zeitschrift für Rechtsmedizin 90 (3): 219-227.