Becky Knight

Research Technician: POSTGLACIAL

Becky is the Research Technician for the POSTGLACIAL Project, which is involved in the investigation of the prehistoric landscape within the Vale of Pickering, near Scarborough. Sites included in this project are Flixton Island and the famous site of Star Carr. During excavation she is the Finds and Environmental Manager who supervises the excavation and lifting of finds, as well as conducting environmental sample processing. She also analyses and writes the faunal reports for the project.

Becky has been involved with two of the previous excavations at Star Carr (2007 & 2010), and also one of the side projects conducted in this same landscape at Flixton School House (2009).

She has a BSc in Archaeology from the University of Bradford in West Yorkshire, where her dissertation reviewed improvements in techniques of age estimation and sex assessment for a collection of human remains from the medieval cemetery of Box Lane, Pontefract.

Prior to taking up this position she was studying for her Masters; an MSc in Zooarchaeology from the University of York. Her dissertation was an assessment of an assemblage of microfaunal remains from Thaw Head Cave near Ingleton, North Yorkshire, in the hopes of enabling both climate and environmental reconstructions of the landscape outside of the cave.

Previous work in archaeology includes a year working for the commercial archaeological company West Yorkshire Archaeological Services (WYAS) based in Morley, Leeds; six months working for the Landscape Research Centre as a commercial archaeologist, and a year work placement as part of her undergraduate programme. The placement was split between the Biological Anthropology Research Centre (BARC), based at the University of Bradford, working with collections of human remains; and the University of York as a consultant Zooarchaeologist under Professor Terry O’Connor.

She is based in the King’s Manor.

Main Responsibilities

  • Finds and Environmental Manager during excavation
  • First aider during excavation
  • Post-excavation faunal analysis
  • Post-excavation environmental sample processing
  • Archiving finds


Contact details

Becky Knight
Research Technician
Department of Archaeology
University of York
King's Manor
North Yorkshire

Tel: (44) 1904 328956