Marie Curie IF Postdoctoral Fellow
- Isotopic Analysis
- Integrating zooarchaeological and isotopic datasets
- Palaeolithic and Prehistoric subsistence strategies
I am a bioarchaeologist specialising in the use of isotopic analysis (δ15N, δ13C, δ18O) as a technique for reconstructing past diets and palaeoenvironments. I am especially interested in integrating isotopic and zooarchaeological datasets. I am currently based at the IIIPC researching paleoenvironmental changes during the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic transition in European refugia. My research uses isotopic analysis in combination with other environmental proxies and zooarchaeological evidence to understand Neanderthal and Modern Human interactions, and the response of these species to climatic changes at this time. My research is part of the ‘EUROREFUGIA’ project working with Ana Belén Marín Arroyo (IIIPC) and Mike Richards (Max Planck).
I was awarded my PhD from Cardiff University in 2014 (NERC funded). My PhD research explored changes in past diet and economies through time in the Scottish North Atlantic islands from the Neolithic period through to the Norse period using isotopic analysis of human and animal bones alongside traditional zooarchaeological methodologies.
I am a keen zooarchaeologist and have enjoyed working with macrofaunal remains at the sites of Neolithic Catalhöyük, Bronze Age Kilise Tepe (both in Turkey), Epipalaeolithic Kharaneh IV (Jordan), and a range of Iron Age-Post Medieval assemblages in South Wales, and the SE of England. I am also very interested in the use of microfaunal remains in palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, and recently conducted research with the National Museum of Wales analysing Palaeolithic material from Cathole Cave (South Wales).