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I received my undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Asian Studies from the University of Texas in 2004. Under the supervision of Maria Franklin, I wrote an honours thesis regarding popular culture, feminism, and materiality in Japanese archaeology from the Yayoi period. After working as a professional archaeologist in Texas, I enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley for my PhD in 2005. For my thesis I examined the intersections of digital media and archaeology through a series of object biographies with my advisors Ruth Tringham, Margaret Conkey, and Nancy Van House. I have worked as both a field archaeologist and a digital specialist in the USA (Hawaii, California, Texas), England, Turkey, Jordan, Greece, and Qatar on sites ranging from 9,000 to 100 years old.
I joined the Department of Archaeology at York in 2013 as a Marie Curie Experienced Researcher for the EUROTAST project. I was responsible for the dissemination of research generated by the consortium of research fellows uncovering new evidence on the history and contemporary legacies of the transatlantic slave trade.
Currently I am the Lecturer in Digital Archaeology and Heritage. My research is on digital media and archaeology, with a special focus on embodiment, avatars, genetics and bioarchaeology. I am interested in building archaeological narratives with emerging technology, including photography, video, mobile and locative devices. Through archaeological making I explore past lifeways and our current understanding of heritage, especially regarding posthumanism and the cyborg, feminism, and interstitial spaces between past and present.
Chair of Athena SWAN
My research is on critical, theory-based, digital archaeology. I am particularly interested in avatars, embodiment, bioarchaeological life histories and immersive experiences. I also enjoy creative, playful collaborations with archaeologists and other colleagues.
I have conducted archaeological fieldwork on three continents, but now focus on the Arabian Gulf.
I am the PI of Other Eyes, an AHRC Funded project that aims to better understand and transmit the experiences of past people using virtual embodiment and immersive technologies. My CO-PIs are Michelle Alexander and Guy Schofield and project partners include Stuart Eve, BetaJester, the Archaeology Data Service and the Yorkshire Museum.
I am a co-investigator on the Aide Memoire Project which investigates the intersections of analog and digital methods of recording archaeology.
Kirsty Ryder (co-supervised with Jon Finch)
Estelle Praet (co-supervised with John Schofield)
Paul Docherty (with Beta Jester; XR Stories)