Reader in Bioarchaeology, Cardiff University

My research focuses on the field of bioarchaeology (broadly defined as once living materials). I have a particular interest in osteoarchaeology and the articulation between the different types of evidence recovered from archaeological sites and the interpretative frameworks used in the construction of human and animal identities.

A second strand within my work is island archaeologies, from the smallest of the 1000 British islands to the larger landmass of mainland Britain itself. In particular I am interested in the role of humans in the exploitation, introduction, extinction and management of wild species within Britain and its islands.

As an archaeologist who has been taking archaeology to music festivals for the past five years I am a keen observer of the links between the past, present and future at these celebratory events. From the recreation of ancient practices (e.g. solstice celebrations), to the building of monuments (e.g. the 1990s swan circle at Glastonbury), to the transformative nature of fancy dress.

Experience

  • –present
    Reader in Bioarchaeology, Cardiff University