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Kirsi received her PhD in Archaeology from Trinity College, University of Cambridge, after receiving an MSc in Osteology, Palaeopathology and Funerary Archaeology from the University of Sheffield, and an MA (hons) in Anthropology and Archaeology from the University of Edinburgh.
Prior to joining CyI and STARC, Kirsi was tenured faculty at the Archaeology section of SHS at Newcastle University and the Director of the Wolfson Bioarchaeology Laboratory that she redeveloped since 2004. Since September 2008, she is a Visiting Faculty member at Newcastle University, UK. She has held the following postdoctoral appointments: Postdoctoral Fellow at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, and Research Associate with the Wiener Laboratory (American School of Classical Studies in Athens). She is an Affiliated Scholar at the Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge. She was the Scientific Coordinator of the STACHEM project (FP7, Coordinator Prof. Niccolucci). She is the Director of the Souskiou-Laona Human Bioarchaeology Fieldschool, and the CAPP project.
Kirsi currently undertakes fieldwork in Cyprus, Syria, and Iran, and has set up a number of bioarchaeological field laboratories in Syria, Iran, and Cyprus. Kirsi directs, and collaborates in a number of international projects in physical anthropology, bioarchaeology, and archaeological sciences, which form the main subjects of her publications.
Bioarchaeology, physical anthropology, palaeopathology, archaeological sciences, and archaeology of the ancient Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean