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Department of Archaeology



  • BA Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Pisa, 2013
  • MA Viking and Medieval Norse Studies, University of Iceland, University of Oslo, 2017
  • MSc Archaeology, University of Aberdeen, 2019
  • PhD Archaeology, University of Cambridge, 2020 – present


  • Viking Age archaeology
  • Late Iron Age archaeology (Scandinavia)
  • Early Medieval archaeology
  • Northern-European Archaeology
  • Death and burial
  • Human-animal relations
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Osteoarchaeology
  • Identities in archaeology
  • Interaction between archaeology and Old-Norse literature

My current PhD project aims to look at Viking-Age graves with animal remains in the broad Norse world from the point of view of human-animal relationships, social zooarchaeology and relational ontologies. The project builds up on the research for my previous master’s theses, where I worked on cats in Late Iron-Age Scandinavia and Iceland (MA), and Viking-Age graves with animal remains in Scotland (MSc).

In parallel with my PhD project I am working on getting practical training in zooarchaeology and human osteology.

Key Publications

Key publications: 

Mazza, S. (2020). “New Land, Old Customs? Viking-Age graves with animal remains from Scotland.” Scandia: Journal of Medieval Norse Studies, N. 3 (2020), pp. 261-294.

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

Supervisors: Dr Emma Pomeroy (Cambridge), Dr James Barrett (NTNU Trondheim)

Other Professional Activities

  • Member of Peterhouse
  • Part of the AHRC OOC DTP

Job Titles

PhD student in Archaeology

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Material Culture
Socio-Politics of the Past

Contact Details

sm2499 [at]


Person keywords: 
Viking Age archaeology
Social zooarchaeology
Death and burial
Late Iron Age Scandinavia
Material Culture
Geographical areas: 
Periods of interest: 
Iron Age