Dr Jenna Dittmar
Dr Jenna Dittmar

Dr Jenna Dittmar

Research Fellow



Dr Jenna Dittmar is a Research Fellow in Osteoarchaeology in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Aberdeen. As a specialist in bioarchaeology and palaeopathology, her research utilises a multidisciplinary approach to examine questions about health, disease and medical intervention in past populations.

She was previously employed as a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge (2016-2020) on the Wellcome funded project entitled, ‘After the Plague: Health and History of Medieval Cambridge’. This multidisciplinary project examined the historical and biological effects of the catastrophic medieval plague pandemic, known as the Black Death.


  • PhD Biological Anthropology 
    2016 - University of Cambridge 
  • MSc Osteology and Palaeopathology 
    2011 - University of Bradford 

Latest Publications

  • Assessing the relative benefits of imaging with plain radiographs and microCT scanning to diagnose cancer in past populations

    Mitchell, P. D., Dittmar, J. M., Mulder, B., Inskip, S., Littlewood, A., Cessford, C., Robb, J. E.
    International Journal of Paleopathology, vol. 36, pp. 24-29
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • An invasive Haemophilus influenzae serotype b infection in an Anglo-Saxon plague victim

    Guellil, M., Keller, M., Dittmar, J. M., Inskip, S. A., Cessford, C., Solnik, A., Kivisild, T., Metspalu, M., Robb, J. E., Scheib, C. L.
    Genome Biology, vol. 23, no. 1, 22
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Ancient herpes simplex 1 genomes reveal recent viral structure in Eurasia

    Guellil, M., van, D. L., Inskip, S., Dittmar, J., Saag, L., Tambets, K., Hui, R., Rose, A., D’Atanasio, E., Kriiska, A., Varul, L., Koekkelkoren, A., Goldina, R., Cessford, C., Solnik, A., Metspalu, M., Krause, J., Herbig, A., Robb, J. E., Houldcroft, C. J., Scheib, C.
    Working Papers and Discussion Papers: Working Papers
  • Employing radiography (X-rays) to localize lesions in human skeletal remains from past populations to allow accurate biopsy, using examples of cancer metastases

    Mitchell, P. D., Dittmar, J. M.
    International journal of osteoarchaeology
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Violence in Hasmonean Judea: Skeletal evidence of a massacre from 2 nd‐1st century BCE Jerusalem

    Dittmar, J., Nagar, Y., Arbiv, K., Lieberman, T., Mitchell, P. D.
    International journal of osteoarchaeology
    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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Research Specialisms

  • Physical and Biological Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Archaeological Sciences
  • Bronze Age
  • Medieval History

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.


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