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Department of Archaeology



  • PhD Archaeology, Encounter Project, University of Cambridge, UK, 2019—Present
  • MSc Computational Archaeology (Distinction), University College London, UK 2016—2017
  • BA Anthropology, Minors in History and Middle Eastern Languages, McGill University, 2010—2014


I am a computational archaeologist, with interests in the use of quantitative analysis, modelling in archaeology, and cultural evolution. I am a part of the Encounter Project, which is looking at the Jomon-Yayoi transition in Japan and the migration of people and culture occurring throughout this period. My part in the project is to explore the environmental conditions at the Jomon-Yayoi transition. I will be analysing climatic, soil, and pollen data to reconstruct landcover during the period, as well as modelling the suitability and productivity of rice and millet agriculture throughout Japan and its relation to demography during this transition.

I have previously modelled urban tissue using cellular automata based on theories of Medieval Islam architecture and compared with that of the Early Islamic city of Merv, Turkmenistan.

Key Publications

Key publications: 

Russo, S. G., & Brainerd, L. M. (2021). Introduction: Resilience and its dissociative disorder from an archaeological perspective. Resilience & Archaeology, 36 (1), 1-27.

Teaching and Supervisions


Teaching assistant and supervisior of the module A11/B5: From Data to Interpretation / Foundation Statistics 2020-2022

Cambridge Digital Humanities workshop instructor, "Harvesting Cultural Data and Visualising Historical Flux", Lent 2023

Research supervision: 

Supervisors: Dr Enrico Crema, Dr Akihiro Yoshida (Kagoshima University)

Advisors: Dr Marco Madella (University Pompeu Fabra)

Other Professional Activities

Cambridge Digital Humanities Methods Fellow, 2022-2023

Member of Newnham College

Job Titles

PhD Student in Archaeology

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Archaeological Theory
Computational and Quantitative Archaeology
Cultural Evolution
Environmental Archaeology, Geoarchaeology, and Landscape studies

Contact Details

lmb211 [at]


Person keywords: 
Computational Archaeology
Japanese Archaeology
Modelling & Agent-based Simulations
Origins and Spread of Farming
GIS and Spatial Analysis
Statistical Analysis
Biological Anthropology
Environment, Landscapes and Settlement
Rethinking Complexity
Geographical areas: 
Central Asia
East Asia
Periods of interest: 
Other Historical
Other Late Prehistory