Dr Justyna Miszkiewicz

Honorary Senior Lecturer

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I am a Polish-Australian skeletal biologist. I have a mixed background in biological anthropology and medical research united through the investigation of bone and tooth microscopy. ​I also apply histology to palaeontological, zooarchaeological, epidemiological, biomedical, and forensic science questions. My key research interest is the variation and biology of bone remodelling (lifelong process of continuous bone removal and formation) under different behavioural and environmental conditions.

In 2018, I was awarded an ARC DECRA fellowship (2019-2022) at the Australian National University (ANU). I was previously (2016-2021) a Senior Lecturer and Lecturer in Biological Anthropology at the ANU School of Archaeology and Anthropology. Between 2015 and 2016 I was a Research Assistant in medicine at Imperial College London. I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2014. Until 2014, I had spent about eight years at the University of Kent School of Anthropology and Conservation (UK) completing a BSc (2010) and a PhD (2014) in Biological Anthropology, a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE, 2014), and working in various teaching roles, including tutoring, lab demonstration, sessional lecturing, and lecturing. Outside of academia, since 2008, I have held consultancy roles as an Assistant Osteologist, and Osteologist, for Kent Osteological Research and Analysis in the UK, and in a pro bono role for medical schools. These roles have ranged from assessing human remains from archaeological excavations for bioarchaeological projects, and those held in teaching/research collections supporting repatriation efforts.

Between 2019-2021 I served on the executive committe of the Australasian Society for Human Biology as Treasurer. As of 2022, I am Editor of The Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, and Editorial Board Member of Anthropological Review. I have 47 peer reviewed publications as of June 2022. I have so far secured >$570k in research grants as a PI, and >$13k towards research travel. Including collaborative grants (as a CI/AI), I have featured on >$1.8 million worth of research grants.


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Kent
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Kent
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Kent


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Book Chapter

  • Walker, Meg M., Street, Emma M., Pitfield, Rosie, Miszkiewicz, Justyna J., Brennan-Olsen, Sharon L. and Mahoney, Patrick (2019). Ancient Human Bone Microstructure Case Studies from Medieval England. Bone Health. (pp. 35-52) Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-13-7256-8_3

  • Miszkiewicz, Justyna J. (2019). Medieval English Social Inequality and Bone Health: What Lessons are There to be Learnt for the Living?. Bone Health. (pp. 3-15) Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-13-7256-8_1

  • Miszkiewicz, Justyna J., Stewart, Tahlia J., Deter, Chris A., Fahy, Geraldine E. and Mahoney, Patrick (2019). Skeletal Health in Medieval Societies: Insights from Ancient Bone Collagen Stable Isotopes and Dental Histology. Bone Health. (pp. 17-34) Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-13-7256-8_2

  • Wyatt, Bronwyn and Miszkiewicz, Justyna J. (2019). Skeletal markers of health and disease in the Northern Moluccas. The Spice Islands in Prehistory: Archaeology in the Northern Moluccas, Indonesia. (pp. 201-209) edited by Bellwood, P. Canberra, ACT Australia: Australian National University. doi: 10.22459/TA50.2019

  • Brennan-Olsen, Sharon L., Riancho, Jose A. and Miszkiewicz, Justyna J. (2019). The Social Context of Bone Health: Conclusions and Future Directions. Bone Health. (pp. 177-181) Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-13-7256-8_10

  • Kinaston, Rebecca, Willis, Anna, Miszkiewicz, Justyna J., Tromp, Monica and Oxenham, Marc F. (2019). The dentition. Ortner's Identification of Pathological Conditions in Human Skeletal Remains. (pp. 749-797) London, United Kingdom: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/b978-0-12-809738-0.00021-1

  • Miszkiewicz, Justyna J. and Mahoney, Patrick (2017). Human Bone and Dental Histology in an Archaeological Context. Human Remains: Another Dimension The Application of Imaging to the Study of Human Remains. (pp. 29-43) London, United Kingdom: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/b978-0-12-804602-9.00004-7

  • Mahoney, Patrick and Miszkiewicz, Justyna (2015). Formation Times in Thermally Altered Enamel. The Analysis of Burned Human Remains: Second Edition. (pp. 355-363) London, United Kingdom: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/b978-0-12-800451-7.00020-6

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