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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.
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.
Kirsty Ryder (co-supervised with Jon Finch)
Paul Docherty (with Beta Jester; XR Stories)