Amy Scott

Assistant Professor


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Dr. Amy Scott is a bioarchaeologist who specializes in studies of stress and health in ancient populations through the biochemical analysis of protein. Focusing on the intersection between biochemical and osteological methods, Dr. Scott’s research aims to identify the relationship between gross skeletal changes and biochemical fluctuations within the body.

In addition to Dr. Scott’s interest in archaeological health, she is also currently involved in studies of skeletal growth and body size, mortuary behaviour and spatial analysis, atypical burials, identity and age in burials contexts, and excavation techniques. Her geographic regions of interest include: 18th century Atlantic Canada, medieval Denmark and England, and post-medieval Poland.

Dr. Scott joined UNB in July 2016 as an Assistant Professor and is currently funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Scott is also the project director of the UNB Bioarchaeology Field School Program in partnership with Parks Canada at the Fortress of Louisbourg, NS.

For prospective graduate students

Dr. Scott is actively recruiting graduate students interested in working on biochemical indicators of stress, osteological methods of stress identification, and mortuary patterning. She has ongoing projects in association with the University of Copenhagen and in Atlantic Canada.

Feel free to contact Dr. Scott with any questions or inquires.

Selected publications

Scott A, Morgan J, Nicholson, Fonzo M, Hinton J. 2018. “Whare ye ennemy used to bury there dead”: A New Englander burial at the eighteenth century Fortress of Louisbourg in Atlantic Canada. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. DOI: 10.1002/oa.2719

Scott A, Ebert D, Fonzo M, Hinton J, Georg RB. 2018. Burying the Karrer: A case study exploration of the mercenary regiment at the 18th century Fortress of Louisbourg, NS. Bioarchaeology International. DOI: 10.5744/bi.2018.1017

Scott A, Hoppa R. 2018. The subtleties of stress: A comparative analysis of skeletal lesions between the medieval and post-medieval black friars cemetery population (13th to 17th centuries). International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. DOI:

Han S, Betsinger T, Harle M, Scott A. 2018. Reconceiving the human fetus in reproductive bioethics: Perspectives from cultural anthropology and bioarchaeology. Reproductive Ethics, vol. 2. Campo-Engelstein L, Burcher P, editors. Springer Press, pp. 139-150.

Scott A, Betsinger T. 2017. Excavating identity: Burial context and fetal identity in post-medieval Poland. The Anthropology of the Fetus: Biology, Culture, and Society. Han S, Betsinger T, Scott A, editors. Brooklyn: Berghahn Books, pp. 146-168.

Gregoricka L, Scott A, Betsinger T, Polcyn M. 2017. Deviant burials and social identity in a post-medieval Polish cemetery: an analysis of stable oxygen and carbon isotopes from the ‘vampires’ of Drawsko. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 163:741-758.

Scott A, Choi KY, Mookherjee N, Hoppa R, Larcombe L. 2016. The biochemical signatures of stress: A preliminary analysis of osteocalcin fluctuations and macroscopic skeletal changes associated with poor health in the Black Friars (13th-17th centuries) population. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 159(4):596-606.

Scott A, Hoppa R. 2015. A re-evaluation of the impact of radiographic orientation on the identification and interpretation of Harris lines. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 156(1):141-147.

Gregoricka L, Betsinger T, Scott A, Polcyn M. 2014. Apotropaic practices and the undead: A biogeochemical assessment of deviant burials in post-medieval Poland. PLoS ONE 9(11):1-24.

Betsinger T, Scott A. 2014. Governing from the grave: Vampire burials and social order in post-medieval Poland. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 24(3):467-476.Han S, Betsinger T, Scott A, editors. 2017. The Fetus: Biology, Culture, and Society. Brooklyn: Berghahn Books.

Edited volumes

Han S, Betsinger T, Scott A, editors. 2017. The Anthropology of the Fetus: Biology, Culture, and Society. Brooklyn: Berghahn Books.