Gill Campbell [2017-2021]
Historic England, Fort Cumberland, Fort Cumberland Road, Eastney, Portsmouth, PO4 9LD, UKFurther information
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.
Historic England, Fort Cumberland, Fort Cumberland Road, Eastney, Portsmouth, PO4 9LD, UKFurther information
I was elected to the AEA Managing Committee in 2008, and have served as Secretary for the last four years. I enjoy the role and have developed strong working relationships and a broad knowledge of the Association.
When not undertaking secretarial duties for the AEA I am a zooarchaeologist for English Heritage, based in Portsmouth (UK), a role I have held since 2006. My work involves some practical zooarchaeological analyses and some fieldwork, but also tasks designed to promote best practice and sup-port environmental archaeology in England, such as admin-stration of the Professional Zooarchaeology Group (PZG). A recent achievement is co-authoring Animal Bones and Archaeology: Guidelines for Best Practice.
Prior to my current role, I worked as an animal bone specialist for Oxford Archaeology and undertook a PhD in Zooarchaeology at the University of Bradford. As an undergraduate I also completed 6 month work placements at Birmingham University Field Archaeology Unit and Kent County Council, Heritage Conservation Group. I therefore have an appreciation for the nature of commercial, research and curatorial archaeology in the UK, which I hope allows me to better appreciate the needs of the AEA’s diverse membership.
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
School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK
After gaining a BA archaeology from Bristol back in 2006, I was lucky enough to spend a series of seasons working as a Finds and Environmental Archaeologist for English Heritage, this confirmed my interest in all things enviro, encouraging me to go on to study the subject further leading to the MSc in Palaeoeconomy at Sheffield. Now having successfully completed doctoral study in aspects of British Archaeobotany and Anthracology for the South Cadbury Environs Project, while also keeping up freelance projects outside of the UK and even a fundraising job at the National Railway Museum, I am finding that many and most of the post and jobs I am looking towards are not strictly environmental archaeology. This makes the Association through the journal, conferences and email lists essential for me to keep up with my interests in Environmental Archaeology. I am increasingly aware how important AEA is, giving access to up-to-date research and information, to others in a similar position. I would very much like to try and represent this and other views on the committee especially the need to increase and share awareness beyond the specialisms into wider archaeological forums, whatever the other roles my future might bring.
Quaternary Scientific (Quest), School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science, Whiteknights, University of Reading, Reading, RG6 6AB, UK
I obtained both my undergraduate degree in Geography and Geology (2003), and PhD – ‘Middle Holocene environmental changes and the history of yew woodland (Taxus baccata L.) in the Lower Thames Valley’ (2009) from Royal Holloway, University of London. I have over eight years experience working in the commercial enterprise sector and university environment; between 2006 and 2008 I worked as an envi-ronmental archaeologist (particularly palynology) at Archae-oScape, Royal Holloway, and since then as environmental archaeologist and projects manager at Quaternary Scientific, University of Reading.
During my time at both ArchaeoScape and Quaternary Scientific I have been involved in a large number of projects for different clients (including government organisations, universities, developers, consultants and archaeological con-tractors), involving a wide range of analytical techniques and specialist collaborators across different cultural periods both in the UK and abroad. I am also involved in educational work at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
My research interests and that of our commercial enterprise activities, focus on the reconstruction of former landscapes and vegetation history, particularly in wetland environments. Much of this work has been concentrated in the Lower Thames Valley, London, where the long-term goal is to compile a high-resolution spatial and temporal model of evolving floodplain and dryland landscape considering the often complex relationships between topography, climate, vegetation change (with specific emphasis on yew, elm and lime woodland), hydrological change and human activity. This ongoing research and enterprise programme is being achieved by adopting a multi-proxy approach integrating sedimentary, geochronological, palaeobotanical, palaeozoo-logical and geochemical techniques on sequences taken from the floodplain, combined with archaeological evidence from both the wetland and dryland.
The AEA has an important role to play in raising the profile of environmental archaeology. I feel I could make a contribution, working at the interface between the commercial enterprise and research sectors and would value the opportunity to serve on the committee, helping to promote the AEA’s international reputation.
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.
Suzi Richer [2014-2018]
Department of Archaeology, University of York, King’s Manor, York, YO1 7EP, UK
I have a BSc (Hons) in Archaeology from the University of York (2003), an MSc in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy from the University of Sheffield (2004) and a PhD (AHRC funded), from the University of York (awarded in 2010). I have always had an interest in the relationship between people and the environments they used and inhabited. I began to investigate this relationship through palynology as part of my Masters dissertation. My PhD thesis continued this theme by examining pollen sequences from off-site locations, but in close proximity to known archaeological sites in the southern French Alps. Whilst working towards my PhD I was a Graduate Teaching Assistant and managed and delivered a module on Mediterranean Landscape Archaeology and chaired seminars in Environmental Archaeology and Archaeological Theory.
I am currently a Senior Environmental Archaeologist for Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, specialising in pollen analysis within the commercial sector. As such, I have gained a wide experience of working on lowland de-posits covering a range of periods, which complements my upland research. I am also part of the Himalayan Exploration and Archaeological Research Team, a multi-disciplinary team undertaking work in the Annapurna and Langtang regions of Nepal. My research lies in understanding environ-mental change and how people use/d this extreme landscape today and in the past, with a particular focus on the biography of juniper.
Environmental archaeology can often provide a corner-stone that links both the academic and commercial worlds of archaeology. In my opinion, the AEA is very much at the heart of this relationship, seen through the diversity of conferences (themes, speakers and participants), publications and journal articles. I welcome the opportunity to be part of the AEA committee and to help continue to raise the profile and integration of environmental archaeology.
Michael Wallace [2017-2021]
Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, West Street, Sheffield, S1 4ET.
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.
Archaeology Institute, University of the Highlands and Islands, Orkney College UHI, East Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1LX
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.
I am an environmental archaeologist and palaeoecologist who works on the application of environmental and climatic proxies (in particular, fossil beetles) and chronological methodologies to describe human-environment relationships. I am Associate Professor (Reader) in Physical Geography at the University of Plymouth and Honorary Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast, where I was based until recently.
My research over the last 19 years has been focused on the complex relationships between humans, animals, climate and the environment/landscape. I have developed a deep understanding of these lines of evidence through working on these individually and as multi-disciplinary lines of enquiry, within strong chronological frameworks. Working at the interface between the humanities and science, I seek to not only describe the climate, environment, biodiversity of the past through scientific methods, but to integrate and compare these lines of evidence with the archaeological record in a meaningful, non-deterministic way. My research has covered diverse topics from high latitude glacial and interglacial rapid climate change in the northern and southern hemisphere; changes in landscape structure and biodiversity during the Holocene and Pleistocene as a consequence of human and animal activities; examining niche stability of species and their responses to climate over the Quaternary.
An important focus in recent years has been examining the development of the cultural landscape during the transition to agriculture in Ireland and how this compares with Britain and elsewhere across the North Atlantic seaboard. This latter work has focused on the relationships between humans and their environment through the application of targeted 14C dating, Bayesian modeling and palaeoenvironmental reconstructions and spatio-temporal understanding of the archaeological record and Neolithic economies.
I have been a member of the AEA since I was an MSc student at the University of Sheffield (1993) and have been a regular attender of meetings over the years. I have previously served on the AEA Committee as Ordinary member (2003-05), Conference Officer (2006-07), Membership Secretary (2006-07) and then Chair (2007-2009). I am President of the INQUA Humans & Biosphere Commission (2011-2015), which has clear synergies with the AEA. I serve as a reviewer for a variety of journals and funding bodies and sit on the editorial Board of Quaternary International.
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
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.
Department of Archaeology, National University of Ireland, Galway, University Road, Galway, Ireland.
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.
ORDINARY COMMITTEE MEMBERS
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.
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.
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.