Dr. Hannah James

I will be joining the ERC Lumiere team as a postdoctoral researcher in June 2021. I have completed a Master of Archaeological Science (Research) and a PhD in Archaeological Science at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. My PhD thesis focused on using in situ oxygen and strontium isotopic analysis on archaeological human tooth enamel and on mapping bioavailable strontium in mainland France, Corsica and New Caledonia to assist in archaeological mobility studies. I have also worked on a project mapping bioavailable strontium in Portugal and analysing tooth enamel and dentine and cremated bone from a range of Portuguese archaeological sites. 


  • BArts (Biological Anthropology) 2011, Australian National University 
  • BSci (Biology) 2011, Australian National University 
  • Masters of Archaeological Science (Research) 2013, Australian National University 
  • PhD Archaeological Science 2021, Australian National University  

Key Research Interests

  • Archaeological science
  • Strontium isotope mapping
  • Isotopic analysis
  • In situ analysis

Main Publications

  • Hannah F. James, Malte Willmes, Ceridwen A. Boel, Patrice Courtaud, Antoine Chancerel, Elsa Ciesielski, Jocelyne Desideri, Audrey Bridy, Rachel Wood, Ian Moffat, Stewart Fallon, Linda McMorrow, Richard A. Armstrong, Ian S. Williams, Leslie Kinsley, Maxime Aubert, Stephen Eggins, Catherine J. Frieman, Rainer Grün. 2019. Who’s been using my burial mound? Radiocarbon dating and isotopic tracing of human diet and mobility at the collective burial site, Le Tumulus des Sables, southwest France, Journal of Archaeological Science Reports
  • Marie-Hélène Moncel, Paul Fernandes, Malte Willmes, Hannah F. James, and Rainer Grün. 2019. Rocks, Teeth, and Tools: New insights into early Neanderthal subsistence strategies in South-Eastern France from lithic reconstructions and strontium isotope analysis, PLoS ONE 
  • Malte Willmes, Levi S. Lewis, Brittany E. Davis, Liane Loiselle, Hannah F. James, Christian Denny, Randall Baxter, Louise Conrad, Nann A. Fangue, Tien-Chieh Hung, Richard A. Armstrong, Ian Williams, Peter Holden, James A. Hobbs. 2019. Calibrating temperature reconstructions from fish otolith oxygen isotope analysis for California's critically-endangered Delta Smelt, Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry
  • Tanya M. Smith, Christine Austin, Daniel R. Green, Renaud Joannes-Boyau, Shara Bailey, Dani Dumitriu, Stewart Fallon, Rainer Grün, Hannah F. James, Marie-Hélène Moncel, Ian S. Williams, Rachel Wood, and Manish Arora. 2018. Wintertime stress, nursing, and lead exposure in Neanderthal children, Science Advances 
  • Malte Willmes, Clement P. Bataille, Hannah F. James, Ian Moffat, Linda McMorrow, Leslie Kinsley, Richard A. Armstrong, Stephen Eggins, & Rainer Grün. 2018. Mapping of bioavailable strontium isotope ratios in France for archaeological provenance studies, Applied Geochemistry


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