As our fieldwork draws closer, we thought you might like to meet our team:
Dr Elizabeth Foulds
Hi, I’m Elizabeth. After completing undergraduate degrees from Portland State University in History and Anthropology, I completed an MA and PhD in Archaeology at Durham University. I wrote my thesis on Iron Age glass beads from Britain and I’m planning to continue to research the significance of glass in Iron Age Europe. My research interests include the history of archaeology and Iron Age studies, dress and bodily adornment, social practice, and experimental archaeology. I’m also interested in how re-evaluating sites can alter our perceptions of the past!
Jo Zalea Matias
Hello, my name is Jo! I received a BA in Anthropology with a minor in French at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MA in Archaeology at Durham University specializing in the Iron Age and Roman periods, and am currently completing my PhD at Durham University. My research interests include gender and feminist archaeology, social identities in Iron Age Britain and France, and the reception/dissemination of archaeological research to the general public through all media, especially social media. I’m always open for a chat, so drop me a line at reimaginingthepast.tumblr.com.
Dr Ophelie Lebrasseur
I graduated from Durham University with a BSc in Archaeology where I investigated faunal remains of the French Medieval site of Harfleur. I then pursued my interest in past human-animal relationships through the means of genetics as part of my MSc and later PhD. Although my main research investigates dog and chicken domestication and past dispersals, I have had the opportunity to work on a variety of other animals including goats, pigs, cattle, Java deer and ghost ants. Other research interests include the portrayal of archaeological information to members of the public, ancient technical theatre and phylogenetic analysis of culture.
I currently work as an archaeogeneticist in the Durham Evolution and Ancient DNA (DEAD) lab at Durham. I am delighted to be part of this project and I cannot wait to see where it takes us.
I undertook my BA and MA at Durham University (2006-2010), specialising in Iron Age Britain, before moving to the University of Worcester (2011) to start my doctoral research. My PhD, titled ‘Beyond native and invader: a re-evaluation of the Romano-British period in North West England’, is primarily concerned with clarifying the mechanics of interaction between Iron Age and Roman populations in the region. I have worked on the Durham University research project ‘Understanding the birth of a capital: Bagendon ‘oppidum’ and the Late Iron Age-Roman transition’ since 2009 and, since 2013, have occupied a supervisory role in its programme of geophysical survey.
Hello! I’m very excited to be working on the Swallowcliffe Down Project, and look forward to seeing what we can discover (or rediscover?) about the area. As an archaeologist I’ve worked in a variety of sites including Roman sites in England, Bronze Age sites in Slovakia and Thailand and Early Historic sites in Sri Lanka. I was attracted to this project by the thought of windswept hills and the email from Elizabeth mentioning that the cow pats ‘may’ be removed, but more seriously I’m interested in what we may learn by the re-evaluation of previous archaeological investigation of the site and look forward to being able to share this information in the not so distant future. When I’m not digging I can often be found working at the UNESCO world Heritage site in Durham in a variety of roles or working on my PhD at Durham University which involves the analysis of ceramics and Indian Ocean trade.
Dr Frederick Foulds
I am an early career researcher with Durham University and have been part of several excavation and survey projects looking at a variety of archaeological periods, ranging from the Bronze Age through to the Medieval. However, my specialism is in lithic analysis, with a focus on the Palaeolithic and I am currently a postdoctoral research assistant with the AHRC funded “Songs of the Caves” project. I don’t really know why I’ve been brought in to look at an Iron Age site (must be my good looks and charm!), but I will be able to bring my knowledge of Stone Age Wiltshire to help provide some context to human use of the area around Swallowcliffe in the past.