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I joined the department of archaeology in 2014 as a research associate on the ERC-funded ‘Archaeology of Agricultural Resilience in Eastern Africa’ project (AAREA). I gained a BSc in Environmental Science in 2010, from the University of Stirling, my research centred on soil science, palaeoecology and geomorphological process. For my dissertation, I focused on geoarchaeology and experimental archaeology of historical vernacular architecture in the Borno region of Nigeria, with particular emphasis on the environmental pressures of material manufacture on the landscape and its subsequent responses.
My PhD research began in 2010 at the University of York where I was part of the wider multidisciplinary ERC-funded InterArChive project. The aim of my research was to investigate the effects that archaeological, specifically historical European, human inhumations have on the surrounding soil environment, with soil micromorphology and inorganic chemical analysis being utilised on soil samples collected from single and mass burials.
During my writing-up year of my PhD I worked at the University of Stirling (2013-2014) as a Soil Thin Section Technician, under the guidance of George Macleod.
Pickering, M., Lang, C., Usai, M.R., Keely, B. and Brothwell, D. 2014. Organic residue analysis of soils. In: Loe, L., Boyle, A., Webb, H. and Score, D. (Eds.) “Given to the ground”: a Viking age mass grave on Ridgeway Hill, Weymouth. Oxbow Books.
Wright, D. K., MacEachern, S., Choi, J., Choi, J-H., Lang, C. and Djoussou, J-M. D. 2017 Iron Age Landscapes of the Benue River Valley, Cameroon. Journal of Field Archaeology (Accepted manuscript).
Ferro-Vazquez, C., Lang, C., Kaal, J., Stump, D., 2017. When is a terrace not a terrace? The importance of understanding landscape evolution in studies of terraced agriculture. Journal of Environmental Management http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301479717300543
Lang, C. and Stump, D. 2017. Geoarchaeological evidence for the construction, irrigation, cultivation and resilience of the 15th-18th-century AD terraced landscape at Engaruka, Tanzania. Quaternary Research (Accepted)
My research interests centres on the anthropogenic effects that can be identified through the narrative of soil/sediments. Through techniques of soil thin section micromorphology and the application of soil inorganic analysis these narratives can be exposed to reveal long-term human relationships with environment processes.
I have taught on the following modules (2011-2013):
Study Skill - tutor (1st Year)
Accessing Archaeology - tutor (1st Year)
Research Skill - assistant (2nd Year)
The Archaeology of Colonialism - tutor (3rd Year)
Themes: Historic Slavery - tutor and module developer (2nd Year)
Tutor and module developer of the ‘for pleasure’ courses for the Centre for Lifelong Learning:
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