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Human and animal lifeways

Research into human and animal lifeways focuses on two strands of evidence, bones and isotope analysis, which both provide insights into the social and physical aspects of individuals, animals and food.

  • Jacqui Mulville is a Principal Investigator, with Richard Evershed (Bristol), in a NERC-funded (£413K) project Changing Patterns of Marine Product Exploitation on the dietary importance of marine resources in Britain. An adjunct to this project is the exploration of animal isotopes in Atlantic Scotland, which benefitted from a NERC Life Sciences Mass Spectroscopy grant (£22K).
  • Jacqui Mulville and Richard Madgwick are working on the mobility of pigs, and this is funded by a British Academy Post Doctoral Fellowship (£234K) and NERC Isotope Geosciences funding (£20K).
  • Alasdair Whittle developed a major AHRC-funded (£610K) project which used stable isotopes, osteology and archaeology to examine human lifeways in Neolithic Europe, published as The First Farmers of Early Europe.
  • Dusan Boric has published extensively on human burial practices and mobility, including Past Bodies, a book edited with Robb.
  • John Hines has made significant contributions to the understanding of Saxon populations and their material culture in the book Anglo Saxon Graves and Grave Goods and as part of the RAF Lakenheath, Eriswell project, funded by Suffolk County Council (£100K).
  • Paul Nicholson’s work on the Dog catacombs at Saqqara, funded by the National Geographic Society (over £20K), explores human/animal relationships in Egypt.
  • James Whitley is working with Richard Madgwick on ritualised feasting of wild animals and 'Consuming the wild within the polis ' within Praisos.