Royal Sites and Geophysics : an Irish Iron Age case study with Dr. Pam Crabtree

Today December 3rd join GRA as we interview Dr. Pam Crabtree!

The idea of performance has become increasingly interesting to archaeological inquiry. Performance is a significant part of social activity and examining the remnant structures and materials of a culture provides a context in which we may infer the rituals that shaped daily life. The material culture of a society may explain how an individual or individuals maintained and manipulated social organization. This week Dr. Pam Crabtree joins us to talk about  Dún Ailinne, a large ceremonial Irish Iron Age site. She has conducted extensive research at Dún Ailinne exploring the importance of “Royal Sites” and the key role  geophysical techniques play in revealing that realm. Together we delve into how ritual performance can be uncovered through geophysical analysis and excavations as well as what political and social goals the symbolic structures may have served.

About our guest:

crabtree1Dr. Pam Crabtree is an associate professor of anthropology at New York University. She earned her Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Crabtree’s primary area of research has focused on the study of animal bone remains from Anglo-Saxon sites in southeast England as a way of understanding early medieval animal husbandry practices, hunting patterns, and diet.

She has taken on several new projects in the past few years. She is now the zooarchaeologist for the Amheida Project in the Dakleh Oasis of Egypt, the Early Bronze Age site of Shengavit in Yerevan, Armenia, and the Kyzyltepe project in Uzbekistan. She will also begin work on the Late Bronze Age to Iron Age of Kinik in southern Cappadocia this past summer 2014.

Dr. Crabtree’s new book, Middle Saxon Animal Husbandry in East Anglia, was published summer 2014. It is an analysis of the animal bone remains from three Middle Saxon (ca. 700-850 CE) sites in eastern England–Brandon, Ipswich, and Wicken Bonhunt. Her research on the Anglo-Saxon animal remains from St. Albans Abbbey in Hertfordshire will be published later this year as part of the excavation report. The volume will be authored and edited by Martin Biddle, it should appear in the BAR (British Archaeological Reports) series.



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