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Department of Archaeology

 

Biography

Originally from the North East, I hold a BA in Archaeology, Classics and Classical Art and an MA in Mediterranean Archaeology, both from the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. Before and between my degrees I also gained significant UK commercial fieldwork experience with York Archaeological Trust, Wessex Archaeology, and latterly as a Senior Archaeologist for Museum of London Archaeology.

Research

My doctoral research re-examines the relationship between cremation and inhumation practices in the Mediterranean from the Late Bronze Age into the Early Iron Age, to try and understand the almost oscillatory dominance of these two funerary behaviours within a framework that rejects diffusionist interpretations of big picture change (migration and generic “cultural influence”) in the context of our growing appreciation for prehistoric Mediterranean connectivity. This work engages with theories of human cognition, social relations, and epistemologies of death and the corpse.

 

Despite how separate a tradition it may seem, a strong foundation in UK commercial fieldwork has given me a particular love of deep, complex stratigraphy and the challenges it presents us. Regardless of all other data, archaeology is nothing if we cannot understand stratigraphy; this methodological specialism has proved invaluable in the reinterpretation of old excavations and established datasets.

Publications

Key publications: 

Grey literature; including Historic Environment Assessments and Site Reports for watching briefs, evaluations and excavations in Kensington, Westminster, Hammersmith, Lambeth, Hounslow, Tower Hamlets, and the City of London.

Teaching and Supervisions

Teaching: 

For three years during my undergraduate degree I organised and ran workshops for first year students on understanding stratigraphy and drawing Harris matrices, prior to a coursework assignment. I was also responsible for re-writing the assessment itself during my final year. Subsequently I have been commissioned to produce further matrix assessments for teaching at UCL.

 

I have significant experience training students and volunteers in excavation and recording techniques for York Archaeological Trust, the Institute of Archaeology, UCL and the University of Cambridge, as well as new employees for Museum of London Archaeology.

Research supervision: 

Supervisors: Cyprian Broodbank

Advisors: John Robb

 

Other Professional Activities

I am the excavation supervisor for the on-going Prosilio Project based at the Faculty of Classics, investigating a Mycenaean chamber tomb cemetery in Boeotia, Greece under the auspices of the British School at Athens: https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/a-rare-discovery-will-shed-new-light-on-mycenaean-funerary-practices

 

I have been a co-organiser of the Aegean Archaeology Group here at Cambridge since 2017. Established to facilitate collaboration between students and researchers in the Department of Archaeology and the Faculty of Classics, the group organises talks, discussion sessions, and an annual conference to promote interdisciplinarity: https://twitter.com/aegeanarchcam

Job Titles

PhD Student
emily-wright

General Info

Not available for consultancy

Contact Details

Affiliations

Person keywords: 
Mediterranean prehistory
Funerary archaeology
Archaeological theory
Excavation
Subjects: 
Archaeology
Geographical areas: 
Mediterranean
Periods of interest: 
Copper/Bronze Age
Iron Age