PhD in Archaeology ABD
Queen's University Belfast
Key research focus: Drumclay Crannóg (an artificial island) in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland was excavated in 2012. Tens of thousands of animal bones were recovered from the site, and I analysed them between 2013 and 2016. In addition to identifying each artefact in the collection, they were also recorded, further analysed, and stored with the former Northern Irish Environmental Agency. A selection of cattle, sheep/goat, and pig were further analysed using isotope analysis (Strontium, Oxygen, Carbon, and Nitrogen), x-ray fluorescence (XRF), and x-ray diffraction (XRD). I also created a new database that streamlines the statistical calculations inherent in zooarchaeology such as minimum number of individuals (MNI), number of identifiable species present (NISP), and measurement ranges.
MSc in Osteoarchaeology
University of Edinburgh
Skills developed: Collagen extraction and bone preparation for stable isotope analysis, human and animal bone identification, paleopathology diagnosis, taphonomic identification, forensic training, skeletal report writing, grant writing, and graduate level research strategies.
BA in Sociology/Anthropology with a Concentration in Archaeology
Warren Wilson College
Skills developed: GIS, social theory, archaeology, geology, archaeology field work, landscape archaeology, North American PreColumbian archaeology, and experimental archaeology.