Rhiannon Philp

Research student, Archaeology, School of History, Archaeology and Religion

Academic History

  • MA in Archaeology 2010 Cardiff University
  • First Class BSc in Archaeology 2009 Cardiff University

Additional Information

Teaching

  • Postgraduate practical demonstrator for module: Forensics and Osteoarchaeology
  • Postgraduate seminar tutor for module: Deep Histories

Commercial Archaeology

Prior to starting my PhD I worked for 4 years in commercial archaeology for companies including GGAT, MOLA and Oxford Archaeology East. At OAE I worked both in the field and as part of the environmental team as an environmental processing specialist. I also contributed the company'€™s outreach, supervising volunteers on community excavations and developing workshops for schools.

Community Engagement Projects

Oxford Archaeology East - I was heavily involved in the company's outreach programme and recently worked as part of a team to deliver The Romans of Fane Road community archaeology project. This involved teaching over 100 volunteers (both children and adults) archaeological excavation techniques, along with delivering short lectures on many different aspects of archaeology to the volunteers and visiting members of the public over the course of a month.

Guerilla Archaeology -“ I have been a member of the GA collective since 2010. We aim to engage with the public in creative ways at music festivals and local events, combining archaeological evidence with art, crafts, talks and activities.

Future Animals project - I assisted in the delivery of workshops at National Museum of Wales with three local schools as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Ambassador.

Research Projects

Member of the Lyonesse Project team 2009-2010

Research interests

  • intertidal archaeology
  • environmental archaeology
  • sea level change
  • prehistoric archaeology
  • palynology

Thesis

Changing Tides: The archaeological context of sea level change in Prehistoric South Wales

Battered by storms and at the mercy of rising sea-levels, Britain takes its current form along with its rugged island identity from thousands of years of environmental change. The current landscape therefore, is not one that would be recognised by those living here during the prehistoric periods. All around the British coast, remnants of lost landscapes can be found within the intertidal zones of our beaches in the form of peat deposits and submerged forests. Within those deposits lie tantalising snippets of information about the people who lived there and the changing environments that surrounded them.

Today we attempt to manage our coastlines; to try to hold back the tide and protect our landscapes. It is becoming a growing concern, with increased stormy conditions and further rises in sea-level on the horizon. But how did people react to such changes in the past? Were changes tangible and if so how were they perceived? This research is piecing the archaeological and environmental evidence together in order to try to understand if and how these people experienced these changes and whether responses to them can be identified in the local archaeological record.

Dr Jacqui Mulville

Reader in Bioarchaeology

Dr Steve Mills

Senior Lecturer in IT Applications

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