Team members

Editor-in-Chief & Academic Relations
Eleanor Drew
Interests:

Artefact studies, Viking and medieval trade routes, magic and ritual objects

About me:

I'm currently in my third year studying for a BA in Archaeology. I'm particularly interested in the impact of immigration and trade links on material culture, especially with regard to the eastern trade routes of the Vikings, as well as the archaeology of magic, ritual and belief.

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Public Relations
Emma Lumsdon
Interests:

Roman Britain, Osteoarchaeology, diets, DNA

About me:

I am a third year bioarchaeology student. My interest in archaeology developed after studying Classical Civilisation at A Level. I find Roman Britain particularly fascinating. Alongside my A level in biology I have pursued a particular interest in ancient bones, diets and DNA. During my gap year I spent time in the UAE and as a result this has broadened my interest in middle eastern archaeology and have enjoyed visiting archaeological sites in the UAE.

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Graphics & Public Relations
Irmine Roshem
Interests:

Vikings, Ancient Egypt, burial practices and their associated religious beliefs.

About me:

I am a third year BSc Archaeology student. I first got interested in ancient Egypt when I was a kid, thanks to a TV Show. As I grew up, I got more interested in other civilisations. I have always liked the idea of finding artefacts and trying to understand the dynamics and beliefs of past peoples based on what they might have been used for. This is why I decided to leave France to study at the University of York and in a few years time, become an archaeologist.

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1st Editor
Abhilasha Sharma
Interests:

Architectural conservation, dark heritage, intangible heritage, conservation in areas of conflict

About me:

I am an architect, pursuing my masters in conservation studies of historic buildings. I am particularly interested in the different practices around the globe of architectural conservation and the role intangible heritage plays in the areas of conflict.

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2nd Editor
Izzy Wisher
Interests:

Early prehistory, cognitive evolution, human evolution, primatology, Neanderthals, and the Mesolithic.

About me:

I’m currently a PhD student at Durham University studying the psychological foundations of Palaeolithic parietal art in Northern Spain. I was initially drawn to archaeology through my love of history, heritage, and science, as it provided the perfect combination of all three! My research interests predominantly lie in early prehistory, particularly with exploring the minds and behaviours of our ancestors. Consequently, I’m also interested in evolutionary psychology and anthropology, and place great merit in interdisciplinary approaches to archaeology.

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3rd Editor
Kate Chiang
Interests:

Ancient biomolecules, archaeological preservation, human ecology, and the application of scientific methods in archaeology

About me:

I am currently an MSc student in Bioarchaeology. I graduated with a BA in Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. I completed a dissertation on quantifying the preservation states of waterlogged wood at Must Farm using the combination of micromorphological analysis, comparative experimentation, and modelling. My interests lie in archaeological science, including organic preservation, ancient biomolecules, and the combined use of different scientific techniques.

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1st Editor & Submissions
Laura Koski
Interests:

Zooarchaeology, GIS, Field Archaeology, Ethnoarchaeology of Food

About me:

I am a Zooarchaeology MSc student from the Midwestern United States. My primary research interest includes studying the development and diversity of hunting, fishing, and cooking practices of the pre-contact peoples of North America through engaging with tribal descendants, and using that knowledge to better interpret archaeological sites. Following that, I am particularly interested in how Native Americans and Euro-Americans influenced each other during the contact period regarding resource procurement and preparation. I also love working in the field, and cannot wait to get back out there after finishing my degree!

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2nd Editor
Freya Bates
Interests:

Ancient DNA, evolution, and Osteoarchaeology.

About me:

I am a first year bioarchaeology student. I have an interest in ancient DNA, particularly in the understanding human origins. My interest in bioarchaeology started at A-Level through biology, chemistry, and history. Through this study, I began to realise the potential of the application of science to archaeology. I intend to pursue this passion further as a bioarchaeologist in York.

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3rd Editor
Adrienne Morris
Interests:

Post medieval period, osteology, childhood health, the stigma surrounding disease, funerary practices

About me:

I'm currently a third year Bsc Archaeology student. The study of human remains is what drew me into studying archaeology at university, but I've always been interested in history and archaeology. I'm currently applying for palaeopathology masters courses, and wish to pursue my research interests further.

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1st Digital Content Editor
Carol Leyland
Interests:

Iron Age figures, Goddess culture, Anglo Saxon queenship and investigating the digital dark age.

About me:

Currently a 2nd year Archaeology and Heritage mature student with a deep interest in material culture from the Neolithic, through to the Iron Age, especially the shift from the Goddess culture to male-centric figures.

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2nd Digital Content Editor
Alyssa Loyless
Interests:

Digital Archaeology, Photogrammetry, GIS, Archaeoillustration, Ancient Near East & Asia

About me:

I am from California and am currently doing an MSc in Archaeological Information Systems at the University of York. I previously received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology-Geography, with a minor in Religion from Dartmouth College in 2017. I first became interested in Digital Archaeology during my undergraduate degree when working on a project that used satellite imagery to remotely analyze looting patterns on archaeological sites in Northern Syria and Iraq. From this project, I realized just how powerful new technologies can be when incorporated into the field, and dove in head first into this masters course to try and learn as much as possible! My research is currently focused in Sambor Prei Kuk, Cambodia, where I am conducting spatial analyses on LiDAR data in addition to a variety of other digital analyses on the ancient city.

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Postgraduate Representative for Cambridge
Alex Loktionov
Interests:

Ancient Egyptian judicial systems, Mesopotamian divination, Underworld conceptions across the ancient world.

About me:

I'm an MPhil student in Egyptology at St. John's College, Cambridge, Founder and former President of the Cambridge Ancient Literature Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. I have recently completed a dissertation on intellectual links between Late Period Egypt and Assyria, while my current MPhil research focusses on how decisions made by New Kingdom Egyptian law courts were enforced. Beyond my specific area, I have also worked on the Burnt Mounds of the British Bronze Age and on developing integrated outreach initiatives in the wider fields of Archaeology and Ancient History.

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Postgraduate Representative for Durham
Nathan Sleaford
Interests:

Prehistory, Animal remains, archaeological approaches to time

About me:

As an undergraduate I studied Archaeology at the University of York, and am currently at Durham for my postgraduate studies, with a focus on prehistory. I'm particularly interested in approaches to time in archaeology, although for my current Masters research I'm looking at wild/domestic divisions in the treatment of animal remains and materials made from animals.

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The Post Hole
The King's Manor
Department of Archaeology
University of York
York
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