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

Profile

Biography

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.

Research

Overview

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. 

She is particularly 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, toolkits, pigments, the production of art and craftwork, including plant-work, hafting methods and tar production. 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).

Aimée is on the Editorial Board for P@lethnology and Mesolithic Miscellany, Secretary of AWRANA, sits on the AWRANA Scientific Committee, is the Institutional Representative for EXARC-ICOM, and a long-standing member of the Stone Age Bog Group.

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Contact details

Dr Aimée Little
Lecturer, Director of YEAR Centre
University of York
BioArCh, Environment Building
Wentworth Way
Heslington
York
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 323997

https://www.york.ac.uk/archaeology/centres-facilites/year-centre/