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Ms Heather Giddens 


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Position:PhD Archaeology

Academic History

MA Archaeology – Cardiff University (2009)
BA Anthropology – Kenyon College, Ohio, USA (1995)

PhD Research

Working Title: Neolithic Meshwork: A Multi-Scalar Approach to Understanding Social Relations within the LBK.

The central goal of this project is to investigate social organisation within the Linearbandkeramik (LBK) during the early Neolithic of central Europe (c. 5500-4900 cal BC). Using the concept of (personal) networks as a framework, the research will consider the multiple scales of social interaction that underlay LBK “society” as well as the social mechanisms and practices that may have established and maintained these networks. In doing so, it hopes to offer a multi-scalar view of these relations which better reflects the dynamic, fluid and often overlapping nature of social groups. The research’s case studies will be pulled from the extensive archaeological evidence available from the Aldenhoven Plateau in the Rhineland, providing an opportunity to revisit this influential region.

Start Date: October 2009

First Supervisor: Professor Alasdair Whittle
Second Supervisor: Professor Niall Sharples