Professor Margaret Cox

Professor Margaret Cox, forensic anthropologist, writer, researcher and TV contributor specializes in aspects of life and death in the past and in recent conflicts, particularly those from World War I. Recently retired from her post as Professor of Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology at Cranfield University, she now undertakes freelance consultancy in her area of expertise. Well known as the human bone specialist for Channel 4's Time Team for over ten years she has also appeared in BBC's Meet the Ancestors and numerous TV documentaries and radio programmes. With over 100 publications to her name she is an internationally acclaimed specialist in her field.

Margaret regularly undertakes work for the UK MoD and Australian Defence Department and is currently Scientific Advisor to the UK and Australian Governments for the Fromelles Project. This unique project has witnessed the excavation of 250 Australian and British soldiers buried by the German army near Fromelles village in northern France in 1916. Remarkable, 144 of these unknown soldiers have now been identified using modern technologies, including DNA. She was honoured with the European Union's Woman of Achievement Award (Humanitarian section) in 2002 for her work investigating violations of human rights in such areas as Rwanda and Kosovo. An internationally experienced forensic anthropologist she has also worked in such places as Iraq, Cyprus, Italy, Belgium, UK and France.

Founder and now President of the Inforce Foundation, Margaret initiated and was author and editor of their seminal work: The Scientific Excavation of Mass Graves, published by Cambridge University Press in 2008 (Cox et al.). In her academic career, she designed and directed the world's first MSc degree in forensic anthropology three years later. Margaret is also an experienced 'osteo-archaeologist' and has worked on archaeological sites around the world, the best known in the UK being the crypt beneath Christ Church, Spitalfields, London. An experienced and sought after lecturer and cruise presenter she has lectured extensively for P&O Cruises and is often asked by the audience for additional presentations.

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