I am an archaeologist specialising in the study of animal remains. After studying Archaeological Science at Sheffield, I obtained a NERC research studentship at Durham University and completed my PhD in 1998. My doctoral research involved a comparative study of archaeological faunal assemblages to investigate animal husbandry regimes in Iron Age Britain. I continue to research in this area. I was Principal Investigator for the review of late Bronze Age and Iron Age faunal remains from Southern England, commissioned by English Heritage and I am co-director of a BU project investigating the social, political and economic landscape of the Durotriges in later Prehistoric and Roman Britain. I am interested in the exploitation and social significance of animals and animal products to past societies.
Since joining Bournemouth University in 1998, I have worked on a range of animal and human osteoarchaeology research projects. I have completed assessments and reports on archaeological faunal material from a wide range of periods and sites around Britain and have undertaken research and consultancy for leading archaeology field units, museums and government bodies, including English Heritage and CADW. I have collaborated with Mark Maltby on research projects in France and Russia. Current research includes zooarchaeological ageing methods. I was appointed Lecturer in Zooarchaeology in 2003 and teach on undergraduate and postgraduate archaeology programmes. I supervise several PhD students and am Programme Leader for MSc Osteoarchaeology.