Christian joins CAS as a postdoctoral researcher on the ‘Apocalypse Then?’ interdisciplinary project in February 2017
I have just completed a PhD in archaeology from the University of Southampton where my thesis concerned technological variability among Middle Palaeolithic blade strategies. I am joining the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies at Aarhus University in February 2017 as a postdoctoral researcher on the ‘Apocalypse Then?’ inter-disciplinary project led by Associate Professor Felix Riede. Throughout this project, I will be analysing a number of Final Palaeolithic contexts from Northern Europe through extensive technological and morphometric analyses in order to evaluate the cultural taxonomy and potential impacts of the Laacher See volcanic eruption that occurred during this period. I will also be aiding in the organisation of the third annual conference on the archaeological applications of geometric morphometrics (MORPH2017) at the University of Aarhus in May 2017.
I am also currently co-editing a special issue in the Journal of Archaeological Science on the future of geometric morphometric methodologies within archaeological practice, in addition to concluding research on: 1) the correlation between the morphometric variability, social learning and cognition, 2) the role of artefact design in artefact choice, 3) network analysis and the epistemological history of geometric morphometrics within archaeology, and 4) the use of porcelain in replicative experimental methodologies (Life at the Cutting Edge, University of Southampton). I write at www.archaeologicalmorphometrics.com.