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Overview

I am a prehistoric archaeologist with a specific interest in lithic analysis, artefact studies and public engagement.


My PhD research focuses on utilising the lithic record during the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition as a proxy for understanding the nature of the Neolithisation of coastal areas of southern England and southern Wales, encompassing both secondary lithic data and primary analysis of lithic assemblages. The data produced will help provide conclusions about how lithic technologies changed during the British Mesolithic-Neolithic transition. These conclusions will then be compared and contrasted to the identified existing models of Neolithisation. My thesis is being supervised by Professor Niall Sharples and Dr Steve Mills with support from Ian Dennis.


Education:
- BA Archaeology, First Class Honours, Cardiff University 2012- 2015
- MA Archaeology, Distinction, Cardiff University 2016-2017
- PhD Archaeology, Cardiff University 2021 - Present 


Scholarships Awarded:
- 2012: Eliahou Danger Scholarship
- 2016: Cardiff University Master’s Excellence Scholarship
- 2021: SHARE Ursula Henriques Scholarship Fund


Grants Awarded
2022: Cyril Fox Memorial Fund


Research

Research interests

Research Interests:
- British Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition
- Prehistory
- Lithic technology
- Artefact studies
- Museums and archives
- Public/community Archaeology &engagement
- Archaeological illustration & photography 


Papers Given: 
'Looking through a lithic lens: Utilising the presence and morphology of lithic tools as a proxy for an understanding of the nature of the Neolithisation of southern England and southern Wales.'
(August 2021, The Lithic Studies Society's Festival of Lithics)


Posters Given: 
'
Looking Through a Lithic Lens: British Neolithisation and Flint Tools'
(May 2022, Breaking Boundaries: An Interdisciplinary Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Conference for Postgraduate
Researchers. Winner of the 'People's Choice award)

Teaching

Seminar Tutor
- The Archaeology of Britain: Prehistory to Present 
- Projecting the Past: Film Media & Heritage 

Demonstrator:
- Discovering Archaeology (Harris Matrix)
- Analysing Archaeology (Flint tools)


Undergraduate Fieldwork Trench Supervisor:
- Caermead (2021)
- Trelai Park (2022)

Thesis

Looking through a lithic lens: Utilising the presence and morphology of lithic tools as a proxy for an understanding of the nature of the Neolithisation of southern England and southern Wales.

My thesis focuses on the British Mesolithic-Neolithic transition which is a popular but contentious subject area; it evokes ideas of migration, mobility, change in subsistence, and how contemporaneous peoples viewed the world around them. There are many strands of evidence for this period, such as monuments, faunal and floral remains, aDNA analysis, and pottery. These forms of evidence have been focused on whilst lithic analyses of this period have largely been overlooked or are incidental to any overarching argument on the Neolithisation of Britain. This research intends to put the analysis of lithic technology into the foreground of understanding the Neolithisation of coastal and near-coastal sites in southern England and southern Wales. In other words, viewing the British Mesolithic-Neolithic transition through a ‘lithic lens’.


This thesis has a strong focus on the lithic record during the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition. This evidence will be used as a proxy for understanding the nature of the Neolithisation of coastal areas of southern England and southern Wales. This research will encompass both secondary lithic data and primary analysis of lithic assemblages. Once this data has been compiled and analysed it will be compared to popular models of the Neolithisation of Britain.

Supervisors

Niall Sharples

Professor Niall Sharples

Professor of Archaeology

Steve Mills

Dr Steve Mills

Senior Lecturer in IT Applications

Ian Dennis

Ian Dennis

Lecturer in Archaeology (Study Leave 2022/3 (Semester 2))

Areas of expertise