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Field Archaeologists in Residence (FAiR) Appointed

last modified Jan 23, 2019 09:27 AM
Two awards have been made for the 2019 Field Archaeologist in Residence scheme.

The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research promotes an annual Field Archaeologist in Residence scheme to strengthen links between University research and the profession. Two awards have been made this year: to the Must Farm post-excavation team of the Cambridge Archaeological Unit and to Christopher Chinnock of MOLA.

The Must Farm Team (represented by Mark Knight, Rachel Ballantyne, Iona Robinson Zeki and David Gibson) will bring extraordinary finds from this Bronze Age settlement to life and to publication, including the use of photogrammetry and digital modelling.

Christopher Chinnock, an osteoarchaeologist, will use stable isotopes to help resolve the puzzle of a Saxon cemetery from Ketton Quarry, which may include burials of migrants from northern Scandinavia.

Chris says, “It’s a privilege to be part of The McDonald Institute’s Field Archaeologist in Residence programme. I greatly look forward to exploring what the combined experience and ingenuity of professional and academic archaeology have to bring to the study of this enigmatic Saxon cemetery.”

Chris Chinnock. Image credit: MOLA

Commenting on the photogrammetric exploration of the ceramics at Must Farm, site director Mark Knight said, "Many of the vessels retain observable details of their 'operational sequence' - techniques of manufacture, firing process, use wear, repair, disposal and/or the effects of the conflagration which destroyed the settlement." 

Must Farm pottery refitting. Credit: Cambridge Archaeological Unit

"Employing photogrammetry, the aim is to create precise 3D models of each pot and use these to help reconstruct individual vessel biographies and 'inhabit' the short-lived settlement with known vessels, from use to deposition."  

“The Field Archaeologist in Residence scheme is one of our most valued programmes” explains Dr James Barrett of the McDonald Institute. “The University community has much to learn from professional archaeology, and much to give in terms of methodological innovation and opportunities to pursue important questions beyond what is possible within the framework of rescue archaeology”.

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