Assistant Keeper, Institute for Bioarchaeology Curator of Physical Anthropology
Physical anthropology, bioarchaeology, human
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Daniel Antoine is the Museum’s Curator of Physical Anthropology, with responsibility for the Museum’s human remains. His areas of expertise include the scientific study of human remains, the anatomy of the human skeleton, ancient diseases and hard tissue biology.
Before joining the Museum in 2009, Daniel was a Leverhulme Trust (2006-2009) and Wellcome Trust Research Fellow (2002-2005) at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, where he gained his PhD in 2001. His research has focused on developing new methods to investigate past human health using dental and skeletal tissues as indicators of age, disease, growth and development. He has also investigated past epidemics such as the Black Death and the Great Famine.
He is an Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London and the Secretary of the Institute for Bioarchaeology.
Analysis of the human remains from the Merowe Dam Archaeological Salvage Project and the site of Kawa, Sudan
Analysis of the mummies from the Merowe Dam Archaeological Salvage Project
Isotopic analysis of the human remains from the Merowe Dam Archaeological Salvage Project
External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies
American Association of Physical Anthropology
Institute for Bioarchaeology, 2010-present
Advisory Panel on the Archaeology of Burials in England (APABE), 2010-present
American Association of Physical Anthropology Career Development Committee, 2010-present
Human Remains Subject Specialist Network, 2010-present
The Society For The Study Of Childhood In The Past, 2010-present
Honorary Senior Research Associate, Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 2009-present
AHRC Ph.D. Studentship (2015-2018) The impact of sociocultural and environmental change on air quality and respiratory health in the 4th Cataract, Sudan: a bioarchaeological perspective (Collaborative Doctoral Award with Prof. Charlotte Roberts, Durham University).
AHRC Ph.D. Studentship (2014-2017) Human behaviour and adaptation during a period of cultural, social and environmental changes: the dental anthropology of the inhabitants of the 4th Cataract Sudan. (Collaborative Doctoral Award with Prof. Simon Hillson, UCL).
Leverhulme Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2006-2009) An interdisciplinary study of human growth in London over the past 1000 years (F/07/134/BM; £119,000).
Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2002-2005) Did the Great Famine of AD 1315-1323 have a detectable effect on the growth of people who experienced it as children? (067257/Z/02/Z; £126,306).
Wellcome Trust Ph.D. Studentship (1996-2000) Evaluating the periodicity of incremental structures in dental enamel as a means of studying growth in children from past human populations.
Wellcome Trust M.Sc. Studentship (1995-1996).
Antoine D and Hillson S (2016) Enamel Structure and Properties. In: Irish JD and Scott GR (eds.) A Companion to Dental Anthropology: 223-243.
Tang N, Le Cabec A and Antoine D (2016) Dentine and Cementum Structure and Properties. In: Irish JD and Scott GR (eds.) A Companion to Dental Anthropology: 204-222.
Antoine D, Moreno B, Taylor JH, and Vandenbeusch M (2015) CT scan 3D visualisation of atheromas in Egyptian mummies: potential, limitations and the need for a more systematic approach. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 60: 70.
Wills B and Antoine D (2015) Developing a passive approach to the conservation of naturally mummified human remains from the Fourth Cataract region of the Nile Valley. British Museum Technical Research Bulletin 9: 49-56.
Vandenbeusch M and Antoine D (2015) Under Saint Michael's protection: a tattoo from Christian Nubia. Canadian Centre for Epigraphic Documents 1: 15-19.
Farley J, Parfitt K, Richardson A, Antoine D, Pope R and Sparey-Green C (2014) A Late Iron Age Helmet Burial from Bridge, near Canterbury, Kent. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 80: 379-388.
Pieri A and Antoine D (2014) A Tattooed Trio at HK27C. Nekhen News, Volume 26: 28-29.
Tang N, Antoine D and Hillson S (2014) Application of the Bang and Ramm age at death estimation method to two known-age archaeological assemblages. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 155(3): 332–351.
Taylor JH and Antoine D (2014) Ancient lives, new discoveries. Minerva 25(4): 22–26.
Taylor JH and Antoine D (2014) Ancient Lives, New Discoveries: Eight Mummies, Eight Stories. British Museum Press: London.
Fletcher A, Antoine D and Hill JD (eds.) (2014) Regarding the Dead: Human Remains in the British Museum. Research Publication 197. British Museum Press, London.
Antoine D (2014) Curating Human Remains in Museum Collections: Broader Considerations and a British Museum Perspective. In: Fletcher A, Antoine D and Hill JD (eds.) Regarding the Dead: Human Remains in the British Museum: 3-9.
Antoine D and Ambers J (2014) The Scientific Analysis of Human Remains from the British Museum Collection: Research Potential and Examples from the Nile Valley. In: Fletcher A, Antoine D and Hill JD (eds.) Regarding the Dead: Human Remains in the British Museum: 20-30.
Antoine D and Taylor E (2014) Collection Care: Handling, Storing and Transporting Human Remains. In: Fletcher A, Antoine D and Hill JD (eds.) Regarding the Dead: Human Remains in the British Museum: 43-48.
Binder M, Roberts C, Spencer N, Antoine D, Cartwright C (2014) On the Antiquity of Cancer: Evidence for Metastatic Carcinoma in a Young Man from Ancient Nubia (c. 1200BC). PLoS ONE 9(3): e90924. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0090924
Rando C, Hillson S, Antoine D (2014) Changes in mandibular dimensions during the mediaeval to post-mediaeval transition in London: A possible response to decreased masticatory load. Archives of Oral Biology 59: 73-81.
Antoine D, Zazzo A and Freidman R (2013) Revisiting Jebel Sahaba: New Apatite Radiocarbon Dates for One of the Nile Valley’s Earliest Cemeteries. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 56: 68.
Antoine D and Pieri A (2013) Looking Inside Bones: X-ray Analysis at Hierakonpolis. Nekhen News, Volume 25: 25-26.
Rando C, Hillson S and Antoine D (2012) TMJ osteoarthritis and modernisation: influence of the Industrial Revolution on disease prevalence. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 54: 244.
Pieri A and Antoine D (2012) Double Delight: Another Dwarf from HK6. Nekhen News, Volume 24: 7-8.
Antoine D, Hillson S and Dean MC (2011) A histological reconstruction of crown initiation and formation using the developing dentition of Post-Medieval known-age children. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 144(S52): 77.
Hillson S and Antoine D (2011) The mechanisms that produce the defects of enamel hypoplasia. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 144(S52): 163.
Rando C, Hillson S and Antoine D (2011) Mandibular diminution between the Medieval and post-Medieval periods in London: evidence for reduced masticatory function. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 144(S52): 248.
Huffman M and Antoine D (2010) Analysis of Cementum Layers in Archaeological Material. Dental Anthropology, volume 23 (3): 67-73.
Antoine D (2010) Pain in the Neck? An Abnormality from HK27C. Nekhen News, Volume 22: 23.
Antoine D (2010) Life and Death in the Nile Valley – Bioarchaeological Research at the British Museum. Ancient Egypt, Volume 10, No. 5: 46-51.
Antoine D and Waldron T (2010) Evidence for abnormalities of the vertebral artery in cervical vertebrae. Are aneurysms and tortuosities of the vertebral artery being overlooked in palaeopathology? American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 50: 57.
Hassett B, Hillson S and Antoine D (2010) Comparing macroscopic and metric methods of assessing enamel hypoplasia: an alternative approach using a metric assessment of perikymata spacing. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 50: 124.
Antoine D, Hillson S and Dean MC (2009) The developmental clock of dental enamel: a test for the periodicity of prism cross-striations in modern humans and an evaluation of the most likely sources of error in histological studies of this kind. Journal of Anatomy, 214: 45-55.
Antoine D, Hillson S, Keene D, Milne G, Waldron A and White W (2009) A study of human growth in London over the past 1000 years using tooth histology to determine a precise age-at-death. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 45: 108-109.
Huffman M, Antoine D and Birch W (2009) Determining the effects of preparatory methods when observing cementum layering: exploration of techniques and microscopy. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 45: 231.
Antoine D (2008) The Archaeology of Plague. In: Nutton V (ed.)Pestilential Complexities: Understanding Medieval Plague. Medical History, Supplement No. 27: 101-114.
Antoine D, Hillson S, Keene D, Milne G, Waldron A and White W (2008) An interdisciplinary study of human growth in London over the past 1000 years. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 43: 60.
Antoine D (2008) A review of: The Bioarchaeology of Children: Perspectives from Biological and Forensic Anthropology by Mary E. Lewis. Childhood in the Past, 1: 152-153.
Antoine D and Hillson S (2005) The Great Famine, Black Death and Health in 14th century London. Archaeology International 2004-2005: 26-28.
Antoine D, Hillson S, Keene, Dean M and Milne G (2005) Using growth structures in teeth from victims of the Black Death to investigate the effects of the Great Famine of AD 1315-1317. American Journal of Physical Anthropology: 65.
Hillson S and Antoine D (2003) Ancient Bones and Teeth on the Microstructural Level. In: G Grupe and J Peters (eds.) Deciphering Ancient Bones – The Research Potential of Bioarchaeological Collections: 141-157. Documenta Archaeobiologiae, Rahden/Westf.: Leidorf.
Waldron T and Antoine D (2002) Tortuosity or Aneurysm? The Palaeopathology of Some Abnormalities of the Vertebral Artery. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology: 79-88.
Antoine D, Dean C and Hillson S (2000) The Periodicity of Incremental Structures in Dental Enamel Based on the Developing Dentition of Post-Medieval Known-Age Children. In: J T Mayhall and T Heikkinen (eds.) Dental Morphology 1998: 48-55. Oulu University Press.
Hillson S, Antoine D and Dean C (2000) A Detailed Developmental Study of the Defects of Dental Enamel in a Group of Post-Medieval Children from London. In: J T Mayhall and T Heikkinen (eds.) Dental Morphology 1998: 102-111. Oulu University Press.
Antoine D, Dean C and Hillson S (1999) The Periodicity of Enamel Cross-Striations Based on the Developing Dentition of Known-Age Children from Spitalfields. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Supplement 28: 85.