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Anna Bloxam

Assistant Professor in Archaeology, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I began my training in Archaeology and Anthropology (BA, University of Bristol) and after working with prehistoric cremated remains chose to develop this specialism further through the Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology MSc at the University of Sheffield. I subsequently split my time between work in osteology and within the legal advice sector in South Yorkshire before moving to London for my PhD.

My PhD was awarded in 2020 by the UCL Institute of Archaeology, with my thesis re-examining the processes of culture change across the Neolithic to Bronze Age transition in Britain in light of new osteological, radiocarbon, and genetic evidence.

From January 2020 I was employed at Canterbury Christ Church University as the Sessional Lecturer in Prehistoric Archaeology until starting the position of Assistant Professor in Archaeology in the department of Classics & Archaeology at Nottingham University in September 2021.

Expertise Summary

  • European prehistory
  • Archaeological theory
  • Osteoarchaeology
  • Radiocarbon modelling
  • Geospatial analysis (GIS)

Teaching Summary

I teach a wide range of practical and theoretical archaeology modules and am a Fellow of Advance HE.

This year I am running a new undergraduate module on mapping and spatial analysis open to students across Humanities. A related Special Topic on spatial analysis and GIS is open to MRes students.

In 2022/23 I am module convenor for:

  • Understanding the Past I
  • Understanding the Past II
  • Archaeology: Theory & Practice
  • Mapping the Humanities (+ Postgraduate Special Topic)
  • Dissertation (spring only)

I am also providing teaching on the modules:

  • Communicating the Past
  • Great Discoveries in Archaeology
  • Dissertation (Archaeology)

Alongside undergraduate teaching I am happy to participate in staff and researcher knowledge exchange and run computational skills training through the Researcher Academy.

Research Summary

My current research relates primarily to modelling and theorising processes of culture change, with projects exploring different processes and practices in later prehistoric and early medieval… read more

Selected Publications

Current Research

My current research relates primarily to modelling and theorising processes of culture change, with projects exploring different processes and practices in later prehistoric and early medieval periods of northern and western Europe.

Recent publications ('22-'23) include the role of climate change and plague in Early Medieval social change (with Dr Rhiannon Comeau and Dr Andy Seaman), the 'Beaker' transition in Britain (with Prof Mike Parker Pearson), and the spread of wheel-throwing technology in Iberia (with Dr Beatrijs de Groot).

Ongoing collaborative projects include: work on Bronze Age climate change; new methods for modelling culture change; historic lead pollution; and the early medieval communities of the Peak District.

Ongoing fieldwork projects include the Castleton Hospital Project, directed by Colin Merrony of Sheffield University, for which I am the project osteologist.

I am always happy to discuss new project ideas and collaborations.

Department of Classics and Archaeology

University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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