Member of the Institute of Field Archaeologists (MIFA)
Ms. Powers has been the Head of Osteology at MoL for the past three years having previously worked in commercial archaeology as both an osteologist and field archaeologist since graduating in 1996. This included two years as one of two on-site osteologists on the excavation of the burial ground of the Augustinian priory and hospital of St Mary without Bishopsgate (later known as St Mary Spital), East London, which resulted in the excavation of over 10,500 individuals.
Ms. Powers currently manages a team of seven human or animal bone specialists, ensuring the production of high quality reports to agreed specifications and budgets both in-house and for external clients. Since 2004 she has produced 59 assessments and 31 reports in addition to contributing to five monographs. Much of this work has focused on large, urban assemblages dating from the Roman to post-medieval periods such as the cemetery at St Pancras, excavated in advance of the Channel Tunnel rail link. Her most recent publication is Miles A, Powers N and Wroe-Brown R with Walker D, 2008, St Marylebone Church and burial ground in the 18th to 19th centuries: excavations at St Marylebone School, 1992 and 2004–6, MoLAS Monograph Series 46. In addition to commercial projects Ms. Powers is undertaking grant funded research into venereal syphilis in post-medieval London and the treatment of fractures in the Roman period. She has also published in the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology (IJO), the British Dental Journal and Synergy magazine and acted as a peer reviewer for both the IJO and the Journal of Archaeological Science. Further details of her publications can be found on www.academia.edu.
Ms. Powers has responsibility for ensuring the academic and professional development of the Osteology team and provides advice to clients and archaeological staff on matters concerning human remains, forging links with several academic partners. She is also involved in teaching aspects of Osteoarchaeology and Forensic Archaeology to post-graduate, undergraduate, and general interest groups including City and London Metropolitan Universities and Christchurch, Canterbury. She provides specialist advice to the City and Metropolitan Police and is currently involved in drafting the national standards for forensic archaeology for the Home Office.
Ms. Powers served as representative from a Museum on the BABAO executive committee from 2004–2006 and is a Member of the MoL Human Remains Committee. Osteological work has lead to involvement in several television programmes for the BBC, Channel 4 (Time Team) and the Discovery Channel.
2010 CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management
1998 MSc Osteology, Palaeopathology, Funerary Archaeology, University of Bradford
1996 BSc Hons in Archaeological Science (2:1), University of Bradford
May 2007 – present Museum of London Archaeology, Head of Osteology
Feb 2003 – April 2007 Museum of London Archaeology Service, Human Osteologist
July 2002 – Jan 2003 Cambridge University Archaeology Unit, Senior site assistant
Apr 2001 – May 2002 Museum of London Archaeology Service, Archaeologist
Mar 1999 – Mar 2001 Museum of London Specialist Services, Human Osteologist
Jan 1999 – Mar 1999 Museum of London Archaeology Service, Archaeologist
Oct 1998 – Dec 1998 University of Bradford, Contract osteologist
Aug 1998 University of Bradford, Demonstrator (Forensic anthropology)
Feb 1998 – Apr 1998 Shetland Amenity Trust, Post-excavation Assistant
1993 – 1997 Lancaster University Archaeological Unit, Site assistant
Margaret Gowen & Co. Ltd, General operative
National Museum of Scotland, Site assistant
Shetland Amenity Trust, Assistant supervisor
July 1996 University of Bradford, Demonstrator (Forensic anthropology)
Selected project work
Ongoing Royal London Hospital (post-medieval, c500 individuals)
Ongoing The Roman cemetery at Spitalfields (Roman c 200 individuals)
Ongoing St Pancras (post-medieval, c 700 individuals)
Ongoing The Wallbrook Roman cemeteries project (Roman c 200 individuals)
2008 St Marylebone, Old Church (post-medieval, c300 individuals)