When Dance and Science meet – a personal view

Recently I was invited to contribute to an Arts Council-funded dance project on human experience ‘Organic Entity’. It combined three choreographers (Anna Watkins, Neus Gil Cortés, Salah El Brogy) and three scientists (me, Julieta Galante and Amanda Williamson) to advise on a triple bill of individual pieces with the themes of Body, Mind and Transcendence. …

Remember Remember the Fifth of November!

Searching for Hidden Spaces in Catholic Houses A team of researchers from The University of Nottingham has recently been doing new work at one of the most important places associated with the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Following the English Reformation, English Catholics were forced to make difficult choices between their loyalty to the crown and …

Missing mushrooms: foraging for fungi in the archaeological record

Mushrooms are a common part of modern human diets, yet they are rarely considered from an archaeological perspective. As soft-bodied organisms they readily rot, so are very rarely found on archaeological sites. Search for academic papers on archaeology and fungi and you are most likely to find articles discussing how microscopic fungi eat wall paintings and …

Isotope Investigators Summer School report

It’s been an exciting summer in the Archaeology Department, not least because of our Isotope Investigators Summer School! Report by UoN Archaeology students Tom Fox and Phil Rawlinson The Summer School was a five-day programme of work which taught the theory, application and practical lab techniques of isotope analysis in archaeology. With funding from University …

Archaeobotanical Adventures in Paris

Hi, my name is Leslie Bode, and I am a 3rd year PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham and am co-supervised between Archaeology (Dr Alexandra Livarda) and Geography (Dr Matthew Jones). I also receive a lot of extra isotope guidance from Dr Angela Lamb at the British Geological Survey. Last month I presented a talk at …

Working as a science journalist at The Times

As the end of year deadline of the Christmas period approaches, teaching is finished and I am trying to catch up with imminent grant proposals, a commissioned book chapter and yet more teaching prep. Thinking purely in terms of putting these tasks off as long as possible, I’ve just realised that I haven’t yet written …

Prehistoric Monuments in the Peak District

Taking place in November, the student ‘Prehistoric’ field trip proved to be the perfect introduction to British archaeology. Weather wise at least. Wrapped up in waterproofs and woolly hats, while huddling together for dear life, the students were able to discern through the horizontal rain two of the more impressive prehistoric field monuments in the …

What inspires people to become archaeologists?

What inspires people to become archaeologists? Below two archaeologists from the University of Nottingham tell their stories. Hannah O’Regan I don’t remember when I decided to be an archaeologist – my fascination with the past started long before I could spell ‘archaeology’ but I knew that’s what I wanted to do. We lived in a …

From Dubai to Woking: the archaeological journey of a Nottingham graduate

Having returned from two months expedition working in Dubai as part of his Masters by Research, Nottingham student James Roberts has landed a professional archaeology job working with Surrey County Archaeological Unit. Leaving the desert behind for now he is set to examine the animal bones from a major Tudor settlement – the former Woking …

How do you record a tooth?

That’s the question I’ve been asking myself, since Rachael Hall at the National Trust loaned me the bones from Reynard’s Kitchen Cave in Dovedale, Derbyshire. We’re working on a project to examine how the Dovedale landscape has changed over time, and as part of this we’re going to date an exciting find from the cave. …