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Dr Jacqui Mulville 

Education & Qualifications

University of Sheffield

Ph.D. ' Milking, Herd Structure and Bone Chemistry - An Evaluation of Archaeozoological Methods for the Recognition of Dairying'.   This research explored the techniques available for the identification of dairying and suggested two innovative methodologies.

Imperial College of Science and Technology, London University.

B.Sc. (Hons.) Biology,  Dissertation: Pathways of radionuclides in the environment of the Cumbrian coast - Sellafield

Career Overview

Although my first degree is in Biology from Imperial College, London, prior to and during my undergraduate years I become interested in archaeology spending my summers digging as a volunteer on the English Heritage (then the Department of the Environment) funded excavations firstly at Beeston Castle, Cheshire and then at other sites. On finishing my degree I carried on working as a field archaeologist and became interested and involved in environmental archaeology. As a result of this interest and my zoological background I ended up working in the Ancient Monuments Laboratory with Rodger Jones looking at the material from Beeston Castle. I subsequently moved to Cambridge University as an English Hertiage funded Research Assistant working on Roman and later assemblages from Caesaromagus and Camulodunum (Chelmsford and Colchester). 

After a couple of years in Cambridge I was awarded a grant to go to Sheffield University and study for my doctorate with Paul Halstead. I became interested in the identification of milking and looked into novel techniques for its identification – studying St Kildean Soay Sheep of known age, sex and parturition (number of births) to look for changes associated with these factors. Over the course of my PhD I visited the Western Isles annually, excavating and collecting animal bones – a project that I am still involved in today.

I next went north, up the M1, to work at West Yorkshire Archaeology Service, where I recorded a large proportion of the West Heslerton assemblage and continued to excavate on a range of sites. After being made redundant whilst on maternity leave (!) I went to work for the commercial archaeology unit at Sheffield University (ARCUS) writing desk top assessments, project designs and continuing in zooarchaeological consultancy. An opportunity to work on the large EH funded medieval assemblage from Castle Mall Norwich presented itself and I went to Birmingham University to work with Umberto Albarella and Mark Beech. 

From here I moved to Southampton University, working again as an EH funded Research Assistant. During my three years down south. I worked on, amongst others, the large assemblages from Saxon Eynsham and Neolithic to Saxon Yarnton, Gravelly Guy. I also taught zooarchaeology to undergraduates and postgraduates.  

Although I had left Sheffield I continued to excavate on South Uist, returning once or more each year to South Uist and digging on a wide range of sites included many years leading excavations on Cladh Hallan. Out of this continuing involvement has come one of my largest research interests (see above).

On the creation of the English Heritage Regional Science Advisor posts in 1995, I moved to Oxford University as a Senior Research Fellow to promote and enhance archaeological science in developer funded archaeology for the East Midlands (Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire). I was involved in numerous projects over this time: for example, Glaston, Fiskerton and the Regional Research Framework in addition to teaching and research.

Although I enjoyed this challenging job, I decided I wanted to spend more time on my research – so I returned to academia, teaching briefly (but enjoyably) at University College Winchester, before moving here to Cardiff in 2002 to replace Professor John Evans on his retirement.

Teaching Profile

At Cardiff I mostly teach in the areas of bioarchaeology (bones, bodies, plants, animals, molecules and isotopes) and field archaeology.

Membership & External Activity

Association of Environmental Archaeology, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries Scotland, Prehistoric Society, International Council for Archaeolozoology, Founder of ZOOARCH.

External examiner for Bradford University.