SMA for Students

Your SMA Student Representative…

Each year the Society for Medieval Archaeology invites a student member to take on the role of Student Representative. Student Reps provide a voice for our growing student membership on SMA Council and also help organise our annual SMA Student Colloquium and career workshops. Other roles include the maintenance of our Facebook page and representing the society at conferences. If you are interested in taking on the role of Student Representative, please contact the Societies’ Honorary Secretary. The deadline for receipt of applications for the position of Student Rep. is 15th November each year.

Marit Van Cant, SMA Student Representative

Marit Van Cant, SMA Student Representative

The current SMA Student Rep, Marit Van Cant, graduated magna cum laude as Master in Arts & Archaeology at the VUB (Free University of Brussels) in 2012. Since 2010 she has been specialising in human osteology by participating in several key courses at the LUMC (Leiden University Medical Center), Leiden University, and the University of Sheffield as part of an Erasmus exchange in 2011. Her master’s dissertation on the skeletal analysis of the rural population from Moorsel (Belgium) reached the shortlist of the Jacques A.E. Nenquin-award. Furthermore, she was granted the Renée De Bock-Doehaerd award by VUB’s Department of History, and received a special citation from the Society of Demography in 2013. In 2015, Marit was honoured with a scientific communication year award by the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB) for the co-ordination, scientific outreach and public engagement during her osteological analysis of the Deinze skeletal assemblage.

Currently, Marit is a PhD-fellow for the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), and in a joint PhD between VUB (supervisor prof. dr. Dries Tys) and the University of Sheffield (co-supervisor Prof. Dawn Hadley). Her doctoral research project involves the health status of rural and small urban populations in NW-Europe (1200-1860 AD), based on both new (six Belgian sites and one skeletal assemblage from the UK) and published bioarchaeological analyses, and with a particular emphasis on the use of musculoskeletal stress markers (MSM) or entheseal changes (EC). This approach in bioarchaeological studies intends to elucidate how repetitive activities could have an impact on muscle attachment sites, and might identify certain patterns in lifestyle on inter- and intra-population level. Additionally, archaeological and historical evidence from the discussed sites in this project will be juxtaposed with the osteological data.


Student Discussion List

A Discussion list for student members of the Society for Medieval Archaeology is available.

Members of the Society’s Council will distribute information here about forthcoming Society events, and other events that may be of interest to student members of SMA. Subscribers to this list should be student members of the Society for Medieval Archaeology or members of Council. All are welcome to discuss or promote matters of interest to medieval archaeologists. Please note that all views expressed here are personal to the author of the email and do not necessarily represent the views of the Society for Medieval Archaeology. Subscribe here

If you have any problems registering please contact the Honorary Secretary, Professor Dawn Hadley.