Dr Carrie C. Wright
Marie Curie Fellow

Profile

Biography

Carrie is currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Postdoctoral Fellow. She was based the first two years of the fellowship in the Department of Geosciences (supervisor: Prof. E. Troy Rasbury) and the Department of Anthropology (supervisor: Prof. Katheryn Twiss) at Stony Brook University, New York, USA, before returning for her third year in BioArCh, Department of Archaeology at the University of York, UK (supervisors: Dr. Sam Cobb and Prof. Matthew Collins (formerly of the University of York and currently at the University of Cambridge). Her postdoctoral project is MilkTeeth: a biogeochemical investigation of ancient weaning and dairy Milk consumption using human Teeth.

Career

In the year prior to her PhD, Carrie was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie ESR within the PALAEO ITN at the University of York, UK. Her project investigated the potential of mammal iodine deficiency detection in the archaeological record, through the analysis of dental enamel from modern and archaeological seaweed eating sheep in Orkney, Scotland, UK.

 

Carrie received her MSc at Bournemouth University, UK, where she studied Forensic and Biological Anthropology. Her thesis was titled, An Assessment of Cribra Orbitalia as a Palaeopathological Indicator of an Immune System Induced Anaemic Response to Chronic Disease and Infection on the Human Skeleton. Her undergraduate degrees are a BA in Anthropology with Honours, a Certificate in Forensic Science, with Minors in Chemistry and in Criminal Justice from Hamline University, Minnesota, USA. Her honours thesis was entitled, Human Osteology and Chemistry: Applied and Investigative Research Involving Dietary and Trace Elements, Isotopes and Human Skeletal Material.

 

Research

Overview

MilkTeeth builds on Carrie’s DPhil/PhD work as a doctoral fellow within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN Lactase Persistence in the early Cultural History of Europe (LeCHE) at the University of Oxford, UK. LeCHE brought together archaeologists, zooarchaeologists, and researchers in genetics, proteomics and stable isotopes, to investigate milk and its connection to dairying, animal husbandry, health, evolution and society. Her DPhil in Archaeological Science was completed in 2014 under the supervision of Professors Julia Lee-Thorp and Robert Hedges. Her thesis was entitled, Calcium Isotopes in Sheep Dental Enamel: A New Approach to Studying Weaning and Dairying in the Archaeological Record. Carrie also contributed to the AHRC funded project, The first farmers of Central Europe: diversity in LBK lifeways.

Publications

Selected publications

Hamilton, J, Bentley, RA, Bickle, P, Fibiger, L, Hedges, R, Reynard, L, Wright, CC, Cullen, P, Dale, C, Nowell, G & Whittle, A (2013). Seeking diversity: Methodology. In P. Bickle & A. Whittle (eds.). The first farmers of Central Europe. Diversity in LBK lifeways. Oxford, Oxbow, 29-48.

Wright, CC (2011). A Weighty Matter. In: May Contain Traces of Milk: Investigating the Role of Dairy Farming and Milk Consumption in the European Neolithic. Heslington, University of York, 159-174.

Wright, CC (2008). Bioarchaeological Analysis of Iodine in Dental Enamel: Initial Analysis of Sheep Dental Enamel for Elemental Iodine for the Purpose of Future Detection of Iodine Deficiency in Ruminants and Humans. In: A. Ritchie (ed.). Holm of Papa Westray site report, 83-87.

A photograph of Dr Carrie Fisher

Contact details

Dr Carrie Wright
Marie Curie Fellow
Department of Archaeology
BioArCh
Environment Building
Heslington
York
YO10 5DD