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Dr Aimée Little
Senior lecturer in early prehistory, material culture and experimental archaeology



Originally from New Zealand, Aimée completed a BFA at the Elam School of Fine Arts (Majoring in Printmaking and Polynesian Art) followed by a BA with a double major in Anthropology and Māori Studies (Auckland University). After spending time surveying and analysing early Holocene lithic scatters in the Outback of Australia and the United States she worked as a commercial archaeologist in Ireland. She was later appointed Archaeological Editor for the National Museum of Ireland. Her PhD at University College Dublin, awarded 2010, was funded by a Humanities Institute of Ireland Scholarship. She held a Marie Curie Fellowship (2011-14) at the Laboratory for Artefact Studies, Leiden University, the Netherlands, followed by an ERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014-16) on the POSTGLACIAL Project at the University of York. In 2017 Aimée became a Lecturer at York and in 2020 received Highly Commended in the Times Higher Education Most Innovative Teacher Teacher of the Year Award. 

Departmental roles

Director of Studies MA Material Culture & Experimental Archaeology and MSc Material Culture & Experimental Archaeology

Director of the York Experimental Archaeological Research (YEAR) Centre

Director of the PalaeoHub IAWA (Imaging & Wear Analysis) Laboratory

Head of Research Staff

Past PhD Supervision

Ana Harto Villén

Western European Upper Palaeolithic to Neolithic burial practices

Jess Bates

Investigating invisible traces at the Early Mesolithic site of Star Carr: a temporal and spatial analysis of flint microwear patterns

Current PhD Supervision

Andrew Langley

Invisible technologies and the container revolution

Greta Pepper

Following a thread: tracing technology and techniques along the Silk Road

Gabriel Cifuentes (University of Alcalá, Spain)

New methodologies applied to the study of Pleistocene bone surface modifications in the fossil record of Olduvai Gorge: a union between taphonomy and experimental archaeology

Alice Cao

Exploring the function of Neolithic grinding stones using new methods

Tabea Koch 

Tracking adhesive technologies from the late Glacial to Early Holocene

Jim Glazzard

Between the hammer and the anvil: non-ferrous metal workers of Viking Age Britain

Grace Thornhill 

Levallois-like Stone Tool Technology in Late Neolithic Britain: Its Nature, Distribution and Significance

Mette Adegeest (Stavanger University, Norway)

Mesolithic Soapstone Sinkers of Western Norway: their Manufacture, Use and Decoration



Aimée is a specialist in Northwest European hunter-gatherer material culture and funerary archaeology. She is also the Director of the York Experimental Archaeological Research (YEAR) Centre, which she founded in 2015. 

Aimée is interested in reconstructing artefact biographies from domestic and funerary contexts as a means of better understanding the meaning of objects and their role in past hunter-gatherer societies. To do this, she integrates a broad spectrum of techniques, including microwear and residue analyses, digital imaging, 3D printing, experimental archaeology, ethnography, biomolecular analyses and archaeological theory.

Her research ranges from landscape-scale provenancing studies to microwear analysis of stone and organic artefacts. She is particularly interested in experimental archaeological research (various materials, techniques, time periods) hunter-gatherer ideology and belief systems, art and craftwork. More recently she has turned her focus to grave goods, particularly tools and their role in funerary rites.

Aimée has worked on some of NW Europe’s most famous Mesolithic settlement and burial sites: Hermitage (Ireland), Hardinxveld-Gissendam Polderweg and De Bruin (the Netherlands), Téviec (France) and Star Carr (UK).

As PI of the Heritage Science Network at York, recently awarded £111,000 for an SEM-EDX, she is leading a new heritage science project, bringing together researchers from across Science and Arts and Humanities departments at York and beyond.

In 2020, Aimée was awarded an AHRC Early Career Research Grant for her project "Stone Dead" which is a study of Stone Tools and their Role in Mesolithic Mortuary Rites and Rituals. 

Aimée is currently co-I on the ERC-ITN ChemArch Project and PI of the NERC YESI Discipline Hopping Grant, "Craftwell".


Aimée is on the Editorial Board for P@lethnology and Mesolithic Miscellany

Institutional Representative for EXARC-ICOM


Contact details

Dr Aimée Little
Senior Lecturer, Director of YEAR Centre
University of York
PalaeoHub (Room DS/113)
Wentworth Way
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 323997