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Miss Susan Stratton 

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Position:PhD Archaeology

Academic History

MA European Neolithic (Distinction) from Cardiff University, 2009/10. Dissertation on the tell settlement of Berettyóújfalu-Herpály, Hungary.  AHRC funded.

BA Archaeology (1:1) from University of Bristol, 2007.

PhD Research

Working title: Burial and identity in the Late Neolithic and Early Copper Age of south east Europe. (AHRC funded)

My thesis brings a theoretical approach to the study of burial practices in the Late Neolithic and Early Copper Age of south east Europe.  This period saw a dramatic change in the way communities buried their dead, moving  from the Early Neolithic practice of occasional burial in settlements (along with other practices not archaeologically identified), to burial in dedicated extramural  cemetery areas away from settlements in the Late Neolithic/Early Copper Age.  The adoption of this new funerary form indicates changing attitudes to the dead, social structure and, as seen in the increase in grave goods, expression of social identities.  To date this area has been under theorised, and has tended to be considered on a national rather than regional scale.
My thesis will use case studies of large scale cemeteries from across south-east Europe, treating east and west as two large sub-regions.  Use of ArcGIS and statistical techniques (eg. Correspondence analysis) will be made to find trends and connections in the developments of these cemeteries and the distribution of items or other factors that may express social identities.
Within this thesis I have also obtained funding through the AHRC-ORAU for a radiocarbon dating project of the Romanian cemetery of Cernica.  This project, in collaboration with Raluca Kogălniceanu from the Romanian Academy of Science has the potential to dramatically increase our understanding of the chronology of the region, currently poorly represented by absolute dates.
My research interests include the European Neolithic, the Mesolithic/Neolithic transition, archaeological theory, the archaeology of death, social memory, identity, and gender/sexuality.

Start date: October 2010
Supervisors: Dr. Dušan Borić and Prof. Alasdair Whittle


Stratton, S. and Borić, D. 2012. Gendered bodies and objects in a mortuary domain: Comparative analysis of Durankulak cemetery. In R. Kogălniceanu, R.-G. Curcă, M. Gligor and S. Stratton (eds), Homines, funera, astra: Proceedings of the International symposium on funerary anthropology. 5-8 June 2011, ‘1 Decembrie 1918’ University (Alba Iulia, Romania), 71-79. Oxford: Archaeopress.

Meadows, I. and Stratton, S. 2010. Archaeological watching brief at Canonry Cottage, 14B Minster Precincts, Peterborough, February-July 2009. Northamptonshire Archaeology, Report 10/38.

Stratton, S. 2008. Archaeological evaluation of land at 20A West Street, Olney, Milton Keynes, October 2008. Northamptonshire Archaeology, Report 08/179.


September 2012 - Binary gender categories in south-east Europe Late Neolithic and Early Copper Age cemeteries?  A case study from Durankulak. European Association of Archaeologists 18th Annual Meeting, Helsinki.

June 2011 - Gendered bodies and objects in a mortuary domain: Comparative analysis of Durankulak cemetery.  Homines, funera, astra:  International symposium on funerary anthropology, Alba Iulia, Romania.


Seminar leader, British Prehistory, 1st year module
Seminar leader, Human Origins, 1st year module
Student demonstrator, Archaeological Skills, 1st year module
I have previously been seminar leader for Great Discoveries, 1st year module.

Additional information

I have been involved in research excavations in Britain and south-east Europe, including excavations at Avebury (2007), the Stonehenge Riverside Project (2007-2009), Polgár-Bosnyákdomb tell site, Hungary (2011), Iepureşti tell settlement, Romania (2012), and Vrbička Cave, Montenegro (2012).