A blog for the Archaeology Postdocs

This blog will showcase regular glimpses into the passions, challenges and amazing work done by the Archaeology Postdocs at the University of Cambridge.

New Research: Archaeologists Discover How Women’s Bodies Were Dissected In Victorian England

Cambridge archaeologists and biological anthropologists  Jenna Dittmar​ and collaborator Piers Mitchell have recently had their research on gender and dissection practices in Victorian England published in Forbes. As Kristina Killgrove​ writes: “An assumption has long existed that 19th century doctors interested in dissection prized male cadavers over female, due to the greater average musculature in…

Survey on Publishing Decisions in Archaeology

Two postdocs from the McDonald Institute, Dr Jess Beck  and Dr Erik Gjesfjeld, are collaborating with anthropologist Dr Stephen Chrisomalis (Wayne State University) to conduct a short online survey in order to better understand publishing decisions in archaeology. The survey is aimed at professional academic archaeologists (anyone pursuing or having earned a master’s degree or…

On maps and mountains: An interview with Darryl Wilkinson

What is the first word that comes to your mind when you think of Cambridge and why? Good question! I’m in a hugely privileged position here, insofar as I have a fellowship where I’m not bound to any other wider project, and I can pursue my own research entirely as I see fit. I have…

“Geo everything”: An interview with Ian Moffat

What is the first word that comes to your mind when you think of Cambridge and why? ‘History’. While, of course, there is an abundance of beautiful historic buildings I feel particularly awed by all of the talented people that have previously passed through Cambridge. To walk the same streets and drink in the same…

Harriet Hunt Invited Speaker at International Millet Symposium at Doshisha University, Kyoto Japan

Post-doc Harriet Hunt was an invited speaker at the International Symposium on “Broomcorn millet: multiple approaches from Archaeology, Genetics, Biochemistry and Ethnobotany”, at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. The symposium was organised by Dr Shinya Shoda of the National Institute for Cultural Heritage, Nara, Japan, to launch international collaboration on new projects on the archaeology of…