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Dr Julia Best

Dr Julia Best

Lecturer in Bioarchaeology

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

Email:
bestj3@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4247
Location:
Room 5.49a, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

I am a specialist in bioarchaeology, particularly zooarchaeology. My work has spanned a wide range of periods and locations, with a focus on Neolithic and Medieval archaeology. My primary research interest is using cutting-edge analytical techniques to reconstruct past societies, lifeways, and economies through multi-disciplinary approaches.

Specific themes I’m interested in include:

  • Medieval economy and craft
  • Avian zooarchaeology
  • Scottish island environment and resource use
  • Consuming prehistory: feeding Stonehenge
  • Outreach and engagement

Career Overview

2016 - present: Cardiff University, Lecturer in Bioarchaeology and Lecturer in Archaeology

2017 - present: Bournemouth University, Zooarchaeological researcher

2014 - 2017: Bournemouth University, Post-Doctoral Research Associate on the AHRC "Cultural and Scientific Perceptions of Human-Chicken Interactions’” Project

Education and Qualifications

Cardiff University

Sept 2009 – Sept 2013. Viva Dec 2013.  Graduated 2014.

PhD (AHRC Funded). Living in Liminality: an Osteoarchaeological Investigation into the Use of Avian Resources in North Atlantic Island Environments

Cardiff University

2008-2009

MA Archaeology (AHRC Funded), Distinction.

Cardiff University

2005-2008

BA Archaeology,  First Class Honours

Honours and awards

Aug 2017      "Causing a Flap: using chicken-based research to transform education, poultry production and human well-being" AHRC Follow on Funding Research Grant

Jan 2017       Bournemouth University Bridging Fund Scheme for Research Staff (£8,124)

Jan 2016       Lead coordinator NERC ‘Early Chicken Dispersal in Europe: Tracing the Spread of Avian Livestock: Radiocarbon dating project’ (NF/2015/2/5). 14 dates (c. £5040)

Dec 2014      Bournemouth University Fusion Fund for Undergraduate Research Assistant (£748)

HS2382 Medieval Archaeology (module leader)

HS2124 Deep Histories: The Archaeology of Britain

HS2423 Forensic and Osteoarchaeology

HST048 Zooarchaeology

HST049 Biomolecular Archaeology

I also contribute to/have contributed to:

HS2125 Analysing Archaeology

HS2126 Discovering Archaeology

HS2350 The History of Archaeological Thought

HST500 Postgraduate Skills in Archaeology and Conservation


I am a supervisor for Independent Studies, UG Dissertations and PGT dissertations.