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Ms Alexandra Fitzpatrick

PositionResearch Student
LocationRichmond Buildling, K4a
DepartmentArchaeological Sciences

Research Interests (key words only)

Zooarchaeology, environmental archaeology, European archaeology, Bronze Age, Iron Age, funerary archaeology, isotope analysis, diet, scanning electron microscopy.

Study History

  • MSc Archaeological Sciences, 2016, The University of Bradford.
  • BA (Hons) Classical Archaeology and Anthropology, 2015, CUNY Hunter College.

Professional Activities

  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

Research Areas


"Ritual and Funerary Rites in Later Prehistoric Scotland: An Analysis of Faunal Assemblages from the Covesea Caves."


Prof. Ian Armit, Dr. Lindsey BĪ‹ster and Dr. Julie Bond


Excavations performed in the sites of Sculptor’s Cave and Covesea Cave, located in north-east Scotland, have uncovered assemblages of human and faunal remains that have been noted to display unusual characteristics that may indicate a specific treatment of these remains that correlate with ritual and funerary practices. Although analysis has been done on the human remains, the faunal remains have yet to be significantly examined.

The aims of this project are twofold: to determine the role of animals in the specific contexts of these two cave sites and, in a broader sense, to use the faunal bone assemblages to better understand complex later prehistoric funerary rites. Findings from focused analysis of the faunal remains would be used to develop a possible interpretation of where animals fit into the narrative of these cave sites. Additionally, comparison of taphonomic factors and evidence for processing in the faunal assemblage will provide a greater understanding of the complex funerary treatments to which the human remains were subject.

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