Dr Myra Giesen
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8691
- Address: 3.24 Cassie Building
School of Engineering
I am an anthropologist at heart intrigued with all that makes us human. I obtained my BA and MA in Anthropology from Wichita State University (1984, 1986) and my PhD in Anthropology from Ohio State University (1992). My postgraduate work focused on bioarchaeology, concentrating on health, disease, and biodistance of Native American skeletal collections from the Ohio Valley.
Between 1993 and 2006, I worked for the US federal government, initially as a field archaeologist, but soon became involved with compliance work related to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). I became the Bureau of Reclamation’s national lead on NAGPRA and the management of its museum property, working in Reclamation’s national policy office as a senior cultural resource manager.
I came back to academia in 2006, where I became a lecturer in the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS) within the School of Arts and Cultures. I continued in this role until August 2015. The treatment of human remains continues of interest to me. I also taught modules for the School of History, Classics and Archaeology (HCA). I have had a long held interest in the long-term protection and interpretation of cultural heritage, and advocate making it as accessible as possible. Recently, I have embraced a more integrated science-based approach to methods and technologies for recording and monitoring heritage assets.
In September 2015, I took up a maternity cover post in the Learning and Teaching Development Service, where I was part of the Standards and Student Opinion Team. In August 2016, I became a Visiting Fellow in HCA and in September 2017, I started a temporary appointment as Research Assistant on the research project: Expanding the Reach of Multidisciplinary Environment and Health Research in SE Asia.
- BA (Honours) in Anthropology, Wichita State University (USA) 1984
- MA in Anthropology, Wichita State University (USA) 1986 Thesis Title: Dental attrition and alveolar resorption: a case study of Williams 1 (34-Lf24)
- PhD in Anthropology, Ohio State University (USA) 1992 Dissertation Title: Late prehistoric populations in the Ohio area: biological affinities and stress indicators
- 2015-16 Development Officer, Learning and Teaching Development Service, Newcastle University
- 2006-16 Lecturer, ICCHS and/or HCA, Newcastle University
- 2008-13 Academic Tutor/Lecturer, University of Sunderland
- 1995-06 Physical Anthropologist, US Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation)
- 2001 Guest Lecturer, Newcastle University
- 1995 Instructor, Baker University
- 1994-13 Adjunct Faculty, Department of Anthropology, University of Kansas
- 1994-95 Archaeologist, Reclamation
- 1993-94 Research Technician II, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
- 1993 Certified K-12 Substitute Teacher, Tucson Unified School District
- 1990-92 Graduate Research Assistant, Ohio State University (OSU)
- 1992 Contractor, US Corps of Engineers
- 1990 Research Assistant, Peabody Museum, Harvard University
- 1990 Contractor, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)
- 1989-92 Contractor, Archaeological Data Services
- 1989-90 Staff Osteologists, OSU Excavations at Isthmia
- 1987-92 Teaching Associate, OSU
- 1987-92 Contractor, Franklin County Coroner's Office in Ohio
- 1987 Field Archaeologist, ODOT
- 1987 Teaching Assistant, OSU
- 1985-87 Contractor, Sedgwick County Coroner's Office in Kansas
- 1985 Research Assistant, Wichita State University (WSU)
- 1984-85 Teaching Assistant, WSU
- Cultural & Heritage Management
- Heritage Resources Law, Policy, and Practice
- Treatment of human remains
- Reconciling records and extant human remains collection to improve research capacity
- Fortified structures along the border of England and Scotland
- Integration of science and heritage studies
- Archaeological Collection Management
- Expanding the Research of Multidiscplinary Environment and Health Research in SE Asia
- Heritage and Science: Working Together in the CARE of Rock Art
- CARE Rock Art Portal
- Decay of Ancient Stone Monuments Research Cluster
- Dead but not forgotten: human remains from archaeological excavations in north-east England
- Niki Black – (PhD) 2015, Thesis Title: The Contribution of Small-scale, Rural Festivals to the Social Sustainability of their Host Communities in Northumberland, UK (AHRC Doctoral Award)
- Tori Park (PhD) 2013, Thesis Title: Read All About It? Newspaper Coverage of the Archaeological Excavation, Retention, and Reburial of Human Remains within the United Kingdom (AHRC Doctoral Award)
- Liz White (PhD) 2011, Thesis Title: Giving Up the Dead? The Impact and Effectiveness of the Human Tissue Act and the Guidance for the Care of Human Remains in English Museums
MA Dissertation Supervision
- 2013/2014: Ka Leung (Sunny) Chan, Samantha Crampton, Elizabeth Garnett, & Kristy Jones
- 2012/2013: Georgina Ascroft, Emily Kreidler, Anil Roberts, & Grace (Sabanto) Roberts
- 2011/2012: Stacey Home, Deanna Dawkins, Nicole Sentis, & Sarah Strain
- 2010/2011: Emine Cakirca, Natalie Frank, & Reagan Reynolds
- 2009/2010: Evgenia Christodoulou-Pavlidou, Cynthia Clark, Rachel Derry, Katherine Dillabough, Diana Haydock, Helen Jordison, Beth Mcdougall, & Elizabeth Protokowicz
- Ouseburn Trust Trustee — 2012-present
- BABAO Ethics Working Group — 2010
- British Human Remains SSN Steering Committee — 2010
- Department of the Interior Taskforce on Deaccessioning — 2005-2006
- Interior Museum Property Committee — 2002-2005
- Professional Archaeologists of Kansas, Kansas Curation Committee — 1999-2007
- Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee Delegated Designated Federal Official for Hopi Tribe/National Park Service disputes — 2003-2005
- Reclamation Museum Property Working Subgroup (Chair) — 2004-2006
- Society of American Archaeology, Public Education Committee — 1998-2005
- ARA2003 Human Osteology (2013/14 to 2015/16)
- ARA3027 Mortuary Archaeology (2006/07; 2008/09)
- COM1032 Introduction to Museum, Heritage and Gallery Studies (2011/12)
- ARA1026 Introduction to Archaeological Science (2010/11 to 2016/17)
- ICS8001 Issues and Ideas in Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies (2008/09 and 2009/10)
- ICS8003 Communication and Interpretation Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies (2010/11 to 2014/15)
- ICS8012 History (2008/09 and 2009/10)
- ICS8024 Heritage Management: Frameworks and Interpretation (2010/11 to 2012/13)
- ICS8025 Heritage Management: Planning and Visitor Engagement (2010/11 to 2012/13)
- ICS8035 Heritage: Media and Interpretation (2010/11 to 2014/15)
- ICS8036 Heritage: Education and Visitor Engagement (2010/11 to 2014/15)
- SHS8025 The Archaeology of Health and Disease (2008/09)
- miscellaneous sessions on ICCHS PGT campus-base and e-Learning programmes (2006-2015)
- Giesen MJ, Ung A, Warke PA, Christgen B, Mazel AD, Graham DW. Condition assessment and preservation of open-air rock art panels during environmental change. Journal of Cultural Heritage 2014, 15(1), 49-56.
- Giesen MJ, Mazel AD, Graham DW, Warke PA. The Preservation and Care of Rock-Art in Changing Environments: A View from Northeastern England, United Kingdom. In: Darvill T; Batarda Fernandes AP, ed. Open-Air Rock-Art Conservation and Management: State of the Art and Future Perspectives. Routledge, 2014, pp.38-52.
- Mazel AD, Graham D, Warke P, Giesen M. A responsibility of CARE: heritage and science in the service of safeguarding threatened ancient rock art. In: Sustaining the Impact of UK Science and Heritage Research: Contributions to the AHRC/EPSRC Science and Heritage Programme Conference. 2013, London: AHRC/EPSRC Science and Heritage Programme.
- Giesen M, ed. Curating Human Remains: Caring for the Dead in the United Kingdom. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2013.
- Giesen M, McCarrison K, Park V. Dead and Forgotten?: Some Observations on Human Remains Documentation in the UK. In: Giesen, M, ed. Curating Human Remains: Caring for the Dead in the United Kingdom. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2013, pp.53-64.
- Giesen M, White L. International Perspectives towards Human Remains Curation. In: Giesen, M, ed. Curating Human Remains: Caring for the Dead in the United Kingdom. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer, 2013, pp.13-23.
- Giesen M. Introduction: Human Remains Curation in the United Kingdom. In: Giesen, M, ed. Curating Human Remains: Caring for the Dead in the United Kingdom. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer, 2013, pp.1-11.
- Giesen M. The Protection and Repatriation of Native American Cultural Items in the United States. In: Redfern, R; Bekvalac, J; Bonney, H; Clegg, M, ed. Global Ancestors: Understanding the Shared Humanity of our Ancestors. Woodbridge, USA: Oxbow Books, 2013, pp.34-49.
- Giesen MJ, Mazel AD, Graham DW, Warke PA. Care and Management of Ancient Stone Monuments during Environmental Change. International Journal of Heritage and Sustainable Development 2011, 1(1), 60-71.