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Naomi Sykes

Associate Professor in Zooarchaeology, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I expect to be on Research leave Spring/Summer 2015

Career

Since Sept 06: Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham

Sept 05 - June 06: Lecturer in Bioarchaeology, University of Cardiff

Sept 02 - June 05: Research Fellow, University of Southampton

Other positions

since 2011: Co-editor (zooarchaeology) International Journal of Osteoarchaeology

since 2011: Member British Deer Society Research Board

since 2008: FSA

2007-11: Committee Member, Association for Environmental Archaeology

2005-08: Council Member, Society of Medieval Archaeology

2005: Co-founder of Professional Zooarchaeology Group

Expertise Summary

Zooarchaeology (the study of human-animal relationships in archaeology), ancient animal biogeography and natural/cultural history, in particular animal introductions and extinctions.

Teaching Summary

It is my belief that a university education should be about more than gaining knowledge simply to regurgitate it in essays and exams - it should be about gaining real life experience that will equip… read more

Research Summary

My research focuses on human-animal-landscape relationships and how they inform on the structure, ideology and practice of past societies. My approach is to integrate animal bone data with other… read more

Recent Publications

It is my belief that a university education should be about more than gaining knowledge simply to regurgitate it in essays and exams - it should be about gaining real life experience that will equip individuals with the skills to become successful and socially responsible members of society.

I involve student directly in my research and give them the opportunity to undertake bespoke assessments designed to support their individual interests and ambitions.

Current Research

My research focuses on human-animal-landscape relationships and how they inform on the structure, ideology and practice of past societies. My approach is to integrate animal bone data with other categories of material culture, and with wider archaeological, historical, scientific and anthropological discussions. As such, my research has wide geographical and temporal applicability. Current major themes include:

Currently involved in the following field projects:

Past Research

Zooarchaeology of medieval England and the Norman Conquest

Extinctions and Invasions: A Social History of British Fauna

The Samian Projects

The Archaeological Fish Resource

  • 2014. Hunting and hunting landscapes. In: Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology Springer. 3592-3611
  • SYKES, N.J., CARDEN, R.F. and HARRIS, K., 2011. Changes in the size and shape of fallow deer—evidence for the movement and management of a species International Journal of Osteoarchaeolgy.
  • SYKES, N.J., 2011. Woods and the wild. In: HAMEROW, H., HINTON, D.A. and CRAWFORD, S., eds., Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology Oxford University Press. 327-345
  • SYKES, N.J., BAKER, K.H., CARDEN, R.F., HIGHAM, T.F.G., HOELZEL, A.R. and STEVENS, R.E., 2011. New evidence for the establishment and management of the European fallow deer (Dama dama dama) in Roman Britain Journal of Archaeological Science. 38(1), 156-165
  • SYKES, N., 2010. Deer, land, knives and halls: social change in early medieval England The Antiquaries Journal. 90, 175-193
  • SYKES, N.J, 2010. Worldviews in transition: the impact of exotic plants and animals on Iron Age/Romano-British landscapes Landscapes. 10(2), 19-36
  • SYKES, N.J., 2010. Fallow Deer. In: O'CONNOR, T and SYKES N.J., eds., Extinctions and Invasions: A Social History of British Fauna Oxford: Windgather. 51-58 (In Press.)
  • O'CONNOR, T. AND SYKES, N.J., ed., 2010. Extinctions and Invasions: A Social History of British Fauna Oxford: Windgather. (In Press.)
  • SYKES, N.J AND CURL, J., 2010. The Rabbit. In: O'CONNOR, T and SYKES, N.J, eds., Extinctions and Invasions: A Social History of British Fauna Oxford: Windgather. 116-126 (In Press.)
  • SYKES, N.J., 2009. Animals, the bones of medieval society. In: GILCHRIST, R. and REYNOLDS, A., eds., Reflections: 50 years of Medieval Archaeology 1957-2007 Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph 30. Maney. 347-361
  • SYKES, N., 2007. The Norman Conquest: A Zooarchaeological Perspective Oxford: Archaeopress.
  • SYKES, N. and SYMMONS, R., 2007. Sexing cattle horn-cores: problems and progress International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. 17, 514-523
  • SYKES, N. J., 2007. Animal bones and animal parks. In: LIDDIARD, R., ed., The Medieval Deer Park: new perspectives Macclesfield: Windgather Press. 49-62
  • SYKES, N. J., 2007. Taking sides: the social life of venison in medieval England In: Breaking and Shaping Beastly Bodies: Animals as Material Culture in the Middle Ages. (In Press.)
  • SYKES, N., WHITE, J., HAYES, T. and PALMER, M., 2006. Tracking animals using strontium isotopes in teeth: the role of fallow deer (Dama dama) in Roman Britain Antiquity. 80(310), 948-959
  • SYKES, N., 2006. From <em>cu</em> and <em>sceap</em> to <em>beffe</em> and <em>motton</em>: the management, distribution and consumption of cattle and sheep AD 410-1550. In: WOOLGAR, C and SERJEANTSON, D. AND WALDRON, T., eds., Food in Medieval England: Diet and Nutrition Oxford, Oxford University Press.. 56-71
  • SYKES, N. J., 2006. The impact of the Normans on hunting practices in England. In: WOOLGAR, C and SERJEANTSON, D. AND WALDRON, T., eds., Food in Medieval England: Diet and Nutrition Oxford University Press. 162-175
  • SYKES, N., 2005. The dynamics of status symbols: wildfowl exploitation in England AD 410-1550 Archaeological Journal. 161, 82-105
  • SYKES, N., 2005. The zooarchaeology of the Norman Conquest Anglo-Norman Studies. 27, 185-97
  • SYKES, N., 2005. Hunting for the Normans: zooarchaeology evidence for medieval identity. In: PLUSKOWSKI, A., ed., Just skin and bones? : new perspectives on human-animal relations in the historical past Oxford: Archaeopress. 71-78
  • SYKES, N., 2004. The introduction of fallow deer to Britain: a zooarchaeological perspective Environmental Archaeology. 9(1), 75-83

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