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Department of Archaeology

 

Biography

In 2018, I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology with First Class Honours at the University of Sydney. My Honours thesis (20,000 words) was supervised by Professor Roland Fletcher, titled “The Fashion of Function: Considering the Practical Use of Ornaments from the Middle-Upper Palaeolithic Europe”.

Prior to commencing my postgraduate studies I worked as an archaeologist in the Australian consultancy sphere.

I also received a Master of Archaeological and Evolutionary Science (with Commendation) from the Australian National University (Canberra) in 2021. I specialised in stable isotope analysis and zooarchaeology.

At present, my doctoral research is being funded by the Cambridge Australia Newnham Scholarship.

Research

My PhD will utilise Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry (ZooMS) and stable isotope analysis to expand our current understanding of hominin cognition. Stable isotope analysis will also pinpoint the origins and methods of resource procurement. Key to this is to explore changes in the manner in which each species interacted with their environment, as that can illuminate the changes that occurred when Neanderthals became extinct and AMH thrived as the single species in Europe. This will be achieved by assessing worked bone through a multi-site approach spanning the Middle-Upper Palaeolithic in Europe. The method will consist of existing extraction protocols, making this study extremely viable and achievable. It is anticipated that a non-destructive ZooMS approach will be utilised to avoid drilling or cutting through a bone sample. The results will then be examined across Neanderthal and AMH sites to test hypotheses regarding human-environment interaction during bone tool manufacture.

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

Supervisors: Professor Matthew Collins, Dr. Tamsin O’Connell and Dr. Frido Welker (University of Copenhagen)

Advisor: Dr. Emma Pomeroy

Other Professional Activities

Member of Newnham College

International Officer of Newnham MCR

Job Titles

PhD Student in Archaeology

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Paleoanthropology
Material Culture
Zooarchaeology
Human Evolution
Biomolecular Archaeology

Contact Details

akk50 [at] cam.ac.uk

Affiliations

Person keywords: 
ZooMS, Zooarchaeology, Worked bone, Hominid Cognition, Middle-Upper Palaeolithic transition
Subjects: 
Archaeology
Themes: 
Human Evolutionary Studies
Geographical areas: 
Europe
Periods of interest: 
Palaeolithic/Mesolithic