Rhys Williams


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Academic Biography

Rhys Williams is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science in the School of Health and Life Sciences, Teesside University.

Before coming to Teesside to complete his PhD and provide teaching support, Rhys studied Forensic Anthropology at the University of Central Lancashire. Rhys has published in peer-reviewed journals about 3D imaging, public engagement, and elemental analysis of archaeological soil.

Summary of Research Interests

Rhys’ main research areas focus on developing new methods toward the visualisation and presentation of archaeological material.

Rhys’ expertise and interests include:-

  • 3D and digital visualisation technologies
  • Characterisation and elemental analysis of soil
  • Decomposition and taphonomic processes
  • Public engagement and science communications
  • Biological profiling of skeletal remains

Research Projects & External Funding

1. Preservation processes – Vindolanda

Rhys is a member of the Teesside University Bioarcheology (TUBA) research group that works in collaboration with The Vindolanda Trust. This project investigates the chemical and microbiological characteristics of the preservation at Vindolanda.

2. Digital imaging and public engagement

Rhys is involved in 3D imaging and digitisation projects with the aim to enhance public engagement of museum material

3. Mapping of archaeological sites

Rhys works with collaborators and external partners to provide elemental analysis and subsequent mapping of archaeological sites to enhance and support the archaeological interpretations.

External Roles and Professional Activities

Member and blog administrator of Teesside University Earth and Environment research group

Representative on the SHLS Ethics Sub-Committee, and Research and Innovation Sub-Committee.

Postgraduate Tutor SHLS, Radiation Protection Supervisor.

Academic Achievements

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Academic Responsibilities

PhD Researcher

Supporting the teaching of the science department

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Current modules:

  • Bioarchaeology and Human Remains Recovery (BSc, Level 5 - module leader)
  • Human Identification and Forensic Imaging (BSc, Level 6 - module leader)
  • Human Remains and Identification (BSc, Level 7 - module leader)

Previous modules:

  • Advanced Analytical Techniques
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Data Analysis - Chemical Science, Forensic and Scene Science, Life Sciences
  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Investigations in Forensic Chemistry
  • Forensic Analytical Chemistry
  • Forensic Analytical Techniques
  • Forensic Evidence and Recovery
  • Forensic Ecology

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Developing pXRF soil analysis of preservation at Vindolanda, Teesside University

6 Feb 201716 Jan 2021

Award Date: 19 Feb 2021

Master, The determination of forensic relevance: Using UV fluorescence, luminol chemiluminescence and X-ray diffraction to examine the diagenetic effects in bone, University of Central Lancashire

Sept 2015Sept 2016

Award Date: 15 Sept 2016

Bachelor, The relationship between biological profile and ankle width, University of Central Lancashire

Sept 2012May 2015

Award Date: 22 May 2015


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