A list of former committee members is available here.
Gill Campbell [2017-2021]
Historic England, Fort Cumberland, Fort Cumberland Road, Eastney, Portsmouth, PO4 9LD, UK
I am Head of Environmental Studies at Historic England and acting Head of Archaeological Conservation and Technology, managing a team of ten archaeological scientists. Our team provides advice on good practice in environmental archaeology and undertakes and commissions collaborative research. We also carry out a range of training and public engagement activities. My current projects include the Tintagel Castle Research Project, investigations at Marble Hill House, London, and a 3rd edition of Environmental Archaeology: guidelines for good practice.
I am convenor of the joint English Heritage and Historic England Science Network and a trustee of the National Heritage Science Forum, co-chairing the working group on resources. Work for this group has included establishing grants to fund Gold Open Access publication, setting up the NHSF kit catalogue to aid sharing of scientific equipment and facilities and the publication of a checklist for writing memoranda of understanding to aid organisations wishing to collaborate on projects and programmes (http://nhsf.kit-catalogue.com/ ).
I started my career as environmental archaeologist with a degree in environmental archaeology at Institute of Archaeology, University of London (now part of UCL). After finishing by BSc I took a M.Sc. in ‘the Utilisation and Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources’ at University of Birmingham to strengthen my botanical skills and knowledge before moving on to work as an on-site environmental archaeologist and project archaeobotanist on various sites in the UK. I started working for English Heritage (now Historic England) on contract in 1988 based at Oxford University Museum before joining the organisation as senior archaeobotanist in 1999.
Don O’Meara [2018-2022]
Historic England, Bessie Surtees House, 41-44 Sandhill, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3JF
I was first on the AEA committee between 2011-2015 as an Ordinary Member, and was elected at Secretary in November 2018 at AGM during the AEA conference in Aarhus, Denmark.
I am originally from Cork, Ireland but am currently living in Newcastle, in Northern England. I initially studied History and Archaeology in University College Cork. Later undertook postgraduate study at Durham University in the Department of Archaeology and have been based in Northern England for the last 10 years.
I work for Historic England as the North-East and Hadrian’s Wall Science Advisor. My work involves engaging with the archaeological sector in my region and working to improve practice, foster new techniques of analysis, and advise both commercial companies and local authority archaeologists on the use of archaeological science in their work. Previous to this I worked in the British commercial archaeology sector as an environmental archaeologist, primarily undertaking archaeobotanical work. During this time I had the opportunity to work on a range of projects from Caithness to Cornwall, and Wales to East Anglia giving me a broad appreciation of the range of archaeological sites, material, and local approaches to archaeology across Britain.
As well as AEA secretary I am also the editor for the journal Archaeologica Aeliana, the journal of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Mark McKerracher [2016-2020]
School of Archaeology, University of Oxford, 36 Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2PG
I am an archaeobotanist, and blogger at Farming Unearthed. My research interests centre on the archaeology of farming, and in particular the agricultural practices of Anglo-Saxon England.
I completed a BA, MSt and DPhil at the University of Oxford between 2005 and 2014, and a short course in accounting at the Open University in 2014.
Jo McKenzie [2015-2019]
Archaeological Sciences, University of Bradford, Bradford, West Yorkshire. BD7 1DP, UK
I am currently a freelance geoarchaeologist and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bradford. Alongside geoarchaeology and all things environmental, my focus is British prehistory. My last postdoctoral position was project managing and co-authoring the publication of the Broxmouth hillfort excavations, East Lothian, as a joint project between the University of Bradford and Historic Scotland. I’m currently co-authoring the publication of the excavations at the Iron Age site of High Pasture Cave, Skye, with the support of Historic Scotland, am involved in a range of projects (mainly geoarchaeological) with my colleagues at Bradford and beyond, and am lucky enough to spend some of the summers at the Ness of Brodgar excavations in Orkney, undertaking geoarchaeological sampling within this incredibly preserved complex of Neolithic structures.
I gained a BA Joint Honours in Archaeology and Classics at Nottingham (1994), after which I spent several years as a field archaeologist, mainly based in London. My interest in environmental archaeology was stimulated through my Archaeological Sciences MA at Bradford (2000), after which I travelled north to the Department of Environmental Science at the University of Stirling and a PhD in geoarchaeology, focusing on cultural soils in Scotland. After this, I worked from the University as a geoarchaeological specialist for a diverse range of projects, such as the Papar Project (Scotland), The Viking Unst Project (Shetland), the Landscapes Circum Landnam Project (Faeroe Islands), The Anuradhapura Hinterland Project (Sri Lanka) and the investigations at the First World War site of Fromelles (France). I’ve been a member of the AEA since 2005, and hope that my range of experience in both the commercial and academic sectors will make me a useful member of the Committee.
EDITOR OF JOURNAL, ENVIRONMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Tim Mighall [Co-opted]
Department of Geography and Environment, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, AB24 3UF, UK
Rhiannon Philp [2017-2021]
School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU, UK.
Having enjoyed being an AEA Student Representative for the past two years, I am now continuing my involvement with the association as an Ordinary member and active member of the newsletter editorial team. I am currently writing up my PhD at Cardiff University investigating intertidal deposits and prehistoric environmental change on the Gower Peninsula, while working part time as a commmercial environmental archaeologist. I completed my BSc in Archaeology in 2009 and MA Archaeology in 2010, both at Cardiff. I then went on to work commercially for a number of British companies before starting my PhD in 2014. During this time I developed my interest and involvement in Environmental Archaeology. I was a member of the field team, but spent the majority of my time as assistant to the Environmental Archaeologist. Through my PhD I have gone on to develop new skills in Palynology and developed my understanding of further environmental proxies. I believe the AEA to be an important link between the commercial and academic sectors and have find it to be a highly welcoming and engaging organisation to be involved with.
Daisy Spencer [2016-2018]
Department of Archaeology, National University of Ireland, Galway, University Road, Galway, Ireland.
I am currently undertaking an Irish Research Council funded PhD project at the National University of Ireland, Galway investigating human-environment interactions during the Neolithic and Bronze Age in western Ireland. I completed a BSc (hons) in Archaeology at the University of Durham graduating in 2011 and went on to complete a research MPhil at the University of Cambridge the following year. My research has been varied in terms of the techniques involved but has always been firmly grounded in the realm of environmental and scientific archaeology.
I started my research career analysing the DNA of feral pigs on Hawaii with Dr Greger Larson and became interested in the domestication of animals and the processes involved in this. I then went on to be trained in soil micromorphology under Prof Charles French and investigated a Bronze Age ploughed landscape where my interest in ancient agriculture heightened. This curiosity over prehistoric farming has continued into my PhD where I am using pollen, chironomid and geochemical analysis to examine changing land use and the human impact upon the landscape. I enjoy spending my time floating on a raft taking lake sediment cores and staring down a microscope.
I have experience of excavating in the commercial sector and over 10 months experience of research projects in both excavation and survey across the UK, Ireland, Greece and Libya. I became involved in the AEA when I attended the Orkney Spring conference 2016 and presented my research. I am looking forward to becoming more involved with the association through my role as a student representative.
Lee G. Broderick [2015-2019]
zooarchaeology.co.uk, Leicester, UK.
I am a landscape zooarchaeologist and ethnoarchaeologist who is primarily interested in pastoralism, taphonomy, palaeoecology (including the interaction of environment and subsistence) and archaeological theory. I gained my undergraduate degree in Archaeology form the University of Exeter, before obtaining an MSc in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy (Sheffield) and an MA in Cornish Studies (Exon). Since 2008 I have been working as an independent zooarchaeological consultant and, since 2010, have been enrolled part-time as a PhD researcher at the University of York. My research interests include the economy and ecology of pastoralist societies, and physical and social taphonomic processes. As a zooarchaeologist or ethnoarchaeologist I have worked in a variety of countries in Africa and Asia as well as in the UK, often as a part of international teams.
The AEA has always been very supportive of early career researchers and those working outside of the university sector. As a committee member I’m keen to continue that tradition as well as see the association develop internationally.
David Smith [2017-2021]
Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology, Arts Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK
David Smith was elected to the AEA committee in December 2017 for a 4 year term. He previously served on the committee between 1994 and 1997, when the AEA explored whether it should recommend professional validation.
David is an archaeoentomologist and Senior Lecturer in Environmental Archaeology at The University of Birmingham. He has been involved with publications over the years covering diverse subjects; such as, the insect faunas from Holocene woodland, modern dung beetle faunas, the archaeoentomology of London and, now infamously, environmental evidence from cess pits. He has regularly hosted and supported AEA conferences since he attended his first AEA Conference in Durham in 1992.
David runs a consultancy in archaentomology through the University of Birmingham and regularly provides specialist services/ advice to archaeological field units in the UK. This has given him a clear insight into the problems faced by people working in environmental archaeology within field units and the needs and objectives of commercial archaeology. He is particularly interested in representing this part of our community on the committee and encouraging future specialists.
Michael Wallace [2017-2021]
Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, Minalloy House, 10-16 Regent Street, Sheffield, S1 3NJ.
I am an archaebotanist and prehistorian based at the University of Sheffield. My primary research approaches include stable isotope analysis of crop remains to determine conditions during growth, the taphonomy of charring and dung-derived plant remains, ‘big data’ quantitative approaches and morphometrics in archaeobotany. My research focuses on the domestication of crops in the Near East and the subsequent Neolithic spread of agriculture across Europe.
Jen Harland [2016-2020]
Archaeology Institute, University of the Highlands and Islands, Orkney College UHI, East Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1LX
I’m a zooarchaeologist, with a particular interest in fish bones from the North Atlantic region. I finished my undergraduate BSc in Archaeological Sciences at York in 2000, followed by an MSc in Archaeological Information Systems from York in 2001. My PhD investigated the mammals, fish and birds from sites in Viking Age and medieval Orkney. This was funded by the AHRB and completed in 2006, again at York. Following two post-docs at York and Cambridge, and a few years at home with the kids, I started lecturing at the Archaeology Institute, University of the Highlands and Islands, in Sept 2014. I am a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and a member of ICAZ.
My main interest is fish bones, and the archaeology and history of fish consumption, fish processing and fish trade. Although my initial focus was the Viking Age and medieval periods, I am now interested in all aspects of fish consumption (and fish avoidance) from the Mesolithic/Neolithic onwards to the very recent past. I teach a variety of modules, including Archaeological Sciences, Maritime Archaeology and History, and People, Plants and Animals. I am involved with a number of projects in Orkney, including excavations of a Viking Age to early modern crofting landscape on Rousay.
Together with colleagues, we organised the Spring 2016 AEA meeting in Orkney, on the subject of Islands: Isolation and connectivity, and I am keen to be more involved with the AEA. I first became a member in the early 2000s, and in 2016 I joined the AEA committee as an ordinary member. I am keen to promote integration of commercial and free-lance environmental archaeologists with those working in higher education.
Niklas Hausmann [2016-2020]
IESL-FORTH, Nik. Plastira 100, 70013 Heraklion, Crete, Greece.
I am a coastal archaeologist and sclerochronologist, currently working as a Marie Curie fellow at the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser at the Foundation of Research and Technology – Hellas in Heraklion, Greece.
Here, I am developing a method which enables the mass production of environmental data from shell carbonates for a low price.
Despite the method-focused project, my main research interest are actually shell middens and the human activities that create them and happen around them.
Before my current position, I was a Phd Student and then PostDoc in the DISPERSE Project at the University of York, UK, where I went after my BSc. in Archaeology and Geosciences in Kiel, Germany.
AEA BOOKCLUB ADMINISTRATOR
Lynne Gardiner [2016-2020]
Wardell Armstrong Ltd., Marconi Road, Burgh Road Industrial Estate, Carlisle, Cumbria CA2 7NA, UK.
I am the Senior Environmental Archaeologist at Wardell Armstrong Ltd. and based at their office in Carlisle. Whilst I am a specialist in archaeobotany and wood/charcoal I also have a healthy passion for all things molluscan. Being an environmental archaeologist in commercial archaeology I have developed an understanding of most environmental specialisms and how they can be used within the sector and, thus, the requirements of the specialist. My work involves communication pre-, during and post-excavation with field staff, project managers, Historic England Science Advisors and others as well as undertaking my own specialist work along with managing the environmental team. I have been in the commercial sector since graduating from Durham University in 2004; always within the environmental team.
AEA STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES
Tom Fowler [2017-2019]
Department of Archaeology, Humanities, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK
I am a zooarchaeologist currently working on the AHRC-funded Exploring the Easter E.g. project for my AHRC-Midlands3Cities PhD at the University of Nottingham, where I have also completed a BSc and MA by Research in Archaeology.
My research interests primarily lie within multi-period studies of human-animal-landscape interactions, and the cultural and environmental impact of these relationships, as well as those of animal introductions and extinctions. I fundamentally believe in multi-disciplinary and collaborative approaches to examining and interpreting the archaeological record and using deep-time knowledge to address social and environmental problems in the present day. I typically work by integrating zooarchaeological data with information drawn from place-names, iconography, history and ethnography. I am also interested in stable isotope, statistical and computer applications in archaeology.
Nora Batterman [2018-2020]
Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK.
I am a zooarchaeologist currently working on my M3C/AHRC-funded PhD on human-fox interactions over the past 10,000 years in England. My research is interdisciplinary and I strongly believe that the integration of different strands of evidence is an essential part of deepening our understanding of the past and present.
Having initially taken up the study of archaeology due to an interest in the Romans, I have discovered my love for zooarchaeology early on in my BA Archaeology degree at the University of Leicester. My undergraduate dissertation focussed on exotic animals in the Roman world and how they can inform our understanding of Roman conceptions of the ‘wild’. Following this, my postgraduate studies took me to the University of York where completed a MSc Zooarchaeology in September 2017. During my time in York my interest in interdisciplinary research grew and led to my dissertation on cats in rural Roman Britain which considered not only zooarchaeological evidence but also primary sources and depictions.
Following my year in York, I received M3C funding from the AHRC and am now investigating human-fox relationships as part of my PhD at the University of Leicester. My work integrates zooarchaeology, stable isotope analysis and textual/visual sources and is to be situated within the realms of ‘social zooarchaeology’.
ORDINARY COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Michael Bamforth [2018-2022]
I’m a field archaeologist with over 20 years’ experience across the commercial and research sectors. I specialise in the excavation, recording and analysis of archaeological wood, with a strong interest in woodland exploitation and management as well as prehistoric woodworking technology. I hold a BSc (Hons) in Archaeology from UCL (2006), an MA by Research in Archaeology from the University of York (2018), as well as honorary research positions at the University of York and the University of Sheffield. I’ve been a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists since 2015 and serve on the ICOMOS-UK Wood Committee.
I started my career as a field archaeologist in 1997 at the Bronze Age site of Flag Fen, which led into a career in commercial archaeology and laid the foundations for my work as a wood specialist. I worked for a variety of units in East Anglia and London, latterly in Project Manager roles. During this time, I continued to work as a specialist on waterlogged wood assemblages and stayed involved with research at Flag Fen (co-editing the 2010 monograph for the site).
Since 2011, I’ve worked as a freelance archaeological wood specialist, undertaking work for a broad range of commercial units and university departments. Recently this has included excavation and analysis of the structural and artefactual wood assemblages at the Early Mesolithic site of Star Carr (University of York), and the Late Bronze Age site of Must Farm (Cambridge Archaeological Unit).
My time as an archaeologist started in the waterlogged environment of the East Anglian Fens and has continued to be focused around wetland environments and waterlogged burial contexts. I maintain my own research interests outside of my commercial contracts, exploring human-plant relationships within the woodlands that were so key to their way of life and their understanding of the world they inhabited.
Canan Çakirlar [2018-2022]
Faculty of Arts, Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat 26, 9712 EK Groningen, The Netherlands
I am a senior lecturer in zooarchaeology at Groningen University (NL), where we host a 5000+ specimen reference collection and a thriving body of postgraduates in zooarchaeology. Before this, I studied and worked in five other countries (Turkey, Lebanon, Germany, US, and Belgium). I like exploring relatively less well-known types of human-animal interactions: I wrote my PhD on Trojans and the cockles in the Trojan Bay, and most of my post-doctoral work on early farmers and animals in a region (as large as the UK) between Catalhoyuk and Franchthi. I am currently working on the Hidden Hybrids project (hybridcamels.com) with an international, interdisciplinary team, looking for the origins of the enigmatic hybrid camels in the Near East.
Although I feel most at home with a visible piece of bone or shell in my hand and a reference collection, I integrate a suite of molecular methods and 3D technologies into my research and teaching. I actively promote publishing open-access data and using these in teaching and outreach. I am passionate about mentoring anyone who is even remotely interested in zooarchaeology. I serve the ICAZ International Committee . I hope to support the AEA with its goals in internationalisation.
Ben Gearey [2016-2020]
Department of Archaeology, University College Cork, Cork, Republic of Ireland
I studied for my first degree (BA in History with a special paper in archaeology) at the University of Leeds, after which I moved onto the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield for an M.Sc. in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy (1991-1992). Not content with moving across the disciplines sufficiently, I then studied for my Ph.D. (entitled ‘Human-Environment Relations on Bodmin Moor During the Holocene) in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Plymouth (1992-1996). Following that, I was fortunate to work in another geography department, in the University of Exeter, on a post-doctoral position on the now rather legendary Lisheen Mine Archaeology Project (1996-1998).
After that, I travelled back up north to the University of Hull and a job as palaeoenvironmentalist with the Humber Wetlands Project based in the Centre for Wetland Archaeology. The CWA subsequently morphed into the Wetland Archaeology and Environments Research Centre, where I worked on a range of commercial and research projects. I then headed to the Midlands and the University of Birmingham where I took up a post as a Project Manager and Research Fellow with Birmingham Archaeology, based in the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity. This resulted in the establishment of Birmingham Archaeo-Environmental, a research and consultancy unit specialising in environmental and wetland archaeology. Finally, and following the effective demise of archaeology in the IAA (shortly after I took up a position as Lecturer…), I moved to my current post as Lecturer in Environmental Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology at UCC.
I have a broad range of research interests in the areas of palaeoecology, wetland archaeology and alluvial geoarchaeology. Please see research section for further details.