A Post-doctoral fellow working on the exciting FOODCULT project (www.foodcult.eu). This project brings together history, archaeology, science and information technology to explore the diet and foodways of diverse communities in early modern Ireland. It will serve as a model for future comparative and interdisciplinary work in the field of historical food studies. My role is developing and populating the FoodCult Mapping Diet database. This will include collating, mapping and recording the current location, of food-related zooarchaeological, archaeobotanical and artefactual evidence, across urban, domestic and garden assemblages dated to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The database will facilitate the complex interdisciplinary study of comparative regional diets in early modern Ireland, enabling statistical queries in relation to domestic production/site economy; dietary components/quality; human nutrition and consumption/material culture. My background is as a specialist in Environmental Archaeological which includes skill sets in charcoal, pollen, waterlogged wood and worked wood analysis.These analyses aid in the reconstructing and relationships between past societies and the environments that people lived in. I have worked as an archaeologist in Ireland for over 20 years, both in the commercial and research sector. During this time I have collaborated with specialists around Ireland and also have strong research contacts across Europe both with environmental archaeologists and specialists in wood/charcoal/pollen analysis.
- PhDTrinity College Dublin
- Diploma in EIA ManagementUniversity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
- PhDTrinity College Dublin, Botany, Dublin, Ireland2008 - 2012Environmental ArchaeologyInternshipSupervised by Mitchell FJG
- MAUniversity College Cork, Archaeology, Cork, Ireland1992 - 1994Environmental ArchaeologyOtherSupervised by Monk MA