Dr Lucy J E Cramp

BA(Hons), MSc(Oxon.), PhD(R'dg)

  • BS8 1UU


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Research interests

My interdisciplinary research centres on the investigation of ancient patterns of human subsistence, culinary choices and technological practices through the development and application of biomolecular proxies to reconstruct ancient resource use. Specifically, this has focused on biomarkers for processing aquatic products and cereals in pottery vessels using highly sensitive mass spectrometric methods. I apply these proxies to address large-scale questions regarding human responses to cultural or environmental stimuli, with previous research spanning diet of the first farmers in the British Isles and Fennoscandia, to the use of Roman-style culinary vessels in Britain, through to identifying components of balms used in mummification in ancient Egypt. My most recent research project, funded by a bilateral AHRC-DFG award, involves a major programme of radiocarbon dating and spatio-temporal modelling to investigate the origins and large-scale dynamics of early maritime​ connectivity in the Mediterranean associated with the spread of the so-called ‘Bell Beaker’ phenomenon.

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Research Output

  • 23 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 4 Chapter in a book
  • 3 Conference Abstract

Chemical evidence of dairying by hunter-gatherers in the highlands of Lesotho in the late first millennium AD

Fewlass, H., Mitchell, P. J., Casanova, E. J. A. & Cramp, L. J. E., 11 May 2020, In : Nature Human Behaviour.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Open Access
  • 15 Downloads (Pure)

    Digging deeper - A new data mining workflow for improved processing and interpretation of high resolution GC-Q-TOF MS data in archaeological research

    Korf, A., Hammann, S. S., Schmid, R., Froning, M., Hayen, H. & Cramp, L. J. E., 21 Jan 2020, In : Scientific Reports. 10, 767, 9 p., 767 (2020).

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 93 Downloads (Pure)


    European Association of Archaeologists (EAA 2018 Barcellona)

    Lucy J E Cramp (Participant)

    6 Sep 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    British Museum colloquia

    Lucy J E Cramp (Participant)

    20 Jun 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk