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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.


  • Lipid residue analysis
  • Foodways
  • Ancient diet
  • Prehistory
  • Roman
  • Stable isotopes
  • Radiocarbon dating
  • Gas chromatography and mass spectrometry


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