Dr Julia Best
Lecturer in Bioarchaeology
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
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
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
MA Archaeology (AHRC Funded), Distinction.
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
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.