Dr Julie Roberts

School of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Journal article

Márquez-Grant N, Roberts J. 2021. Redefining forensic anthropology in the 21st century and its role in mass fatality investigations European Journal of Anatomy, 25 :19-34

Roberts J, Baldry A. 2021. Disposal of a Homicide Victim by Dismemberment and Burning: The Contribution of Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology in Reconstructing the Crime Archaeological and Environmental Forensic Science, 2 :39-48 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

de Boer HH, Roberts J, Delabarde T, Mundorff AZ, Blau S. 2020. Disaster victim identification operations with fragmented burnt or commingled remains: experienced based recommendations Forensic Sciences Research, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Brown G, Roberts JA. 2000. Excavations in the Medieval Cemetery of the City Churches, Nethergate, Dundee Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal, 6 :70-86

Johnstone L, Roberts JA. Human Remains from the Gardens of Colonsay House Scottish Archaeological Journal, 23 :67-73

Marquez-Grant N, Roberts J. Redefining forensic anthropology and its role in mass fatality investigations (forensic anthropology and DVI in the 21st century) European Journal of Anatomy,


Marquez-Grant N, Webster H, Dussault M-C, Harris M, Roberts J, Errickson D, Medina CS. 2021. Identifying Blast Trauma in the Human Skeleton Applications for Forensic Anthropology Shvedchikova T, Moghaddam N, Barone PM. Crimes in the Past: Archaeological and Anthropological Evidence Archaeopress Publishing Ltd 9781789697780

Roberts J. 2012. Forensic Anthropology Roberts J, Marquez-Grant N. Forensic Ecology Handbook: From Crime Scene to Court :49-69 Wiley-Blacwell

Roberts J, Marquez-Grant N, Litherland S. 2012. European Perspectives and the Role of the Forensic Archaeologist Dirkmaat DC. A Companion to Forensic Anthropology :598-626 Wiley-Blackwell

Internet publication

Roberts JA, Roberts J. 2016. Report by Dr Julie Roberts, Forensic Anthropologist. In, the Rt Hon Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC, Report of the National Cremation Investigation Author Url

Books (edited)

Human Remains in Irish Archaeology: Legal, Scientific, Planning and Ethical Implications O'Sullivan J, Hallissey M, Roberts J. The Heritage Council

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. 2019

UK Representative, Forensic Anthropology, Interpol DVI Pathology and Anthropology Sub-Working Group. 2018

Chair, British Association for Forensic Anthropology. 2017

Chair, British Association for Forensic Anthropology (BAFA). 2017

Committee Member, Royal Anthropological Institute Forensic Anthropology Committee. 2017

Fellow, Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI). 2014

Forensic Anthropology Lead, UK DVI. 2012

Member, British Association for Human Identification. 2004

Conference organisation:

BAHID Workshop on Burnt and Fragmented Remains, Summer Conference, Organiser and presenter. 2019

BAFA Conference and Workshop, Chair. 2018

BAFA conference and Workshop: Ancestry, Chair. 2017

Symposium on Identification of the remains of Missing Persons at the 2nd International Academic Conference on Missing Children and Adults, Brussels, Symposium organiser and presenter. 2015


Chief Constable's Certificate of Commendation, Dyfed-Powys Police. 2019

External PGR examinations performed:

University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, PhD, The Identification of Cut Marks Inflicted on Bone by Machetes and Katanas and the Survivability of those Marks when Subjected to Fires. 2019

Other Professional Activity:

Areas of Specialisation • Human skeletal biology • Anthropological methods of human identification • Interpretation of trauma and thermal damage to bone • Complex forensic anthropology and archaeology casework • Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) • Professional Standards in Forensic Anthropology • Expert Witness Practising forensic anthropologist and archaeologist with professional certification at the most senior level (RAI Cert FA-I). Over 20 years of experience in the location, recovery and identification of human remains from scenes of crime, war zones and mass fatality incidents, specialising in the recovery, examination and interpretation of burnt and highly fragmented remains. Expertise includes assistance with devising search strategies for human remains; examination of the deceased using anthropological techniques to determine identity; disaster victim identification; advising on and collecting post-mortem DNA samples; setting-up and managing workflow through temporary and permanent mortuaries; the production of expert witness statements and specialist reports. Involved in developing professional standards in forensic anthropology in collaboration with the RAI and BAFA. Author of numerous field, mortuary and laboratory Standard Operating Procedures relating to identification of the deceased from individual and mass fatality incidents, and contributor to a number of mass fatality resilience plans..


Fellow, Royal Anthropological Institute.