I am an experienced archaeologist. I have excavated in Crete, Turkey and the UK; and have visited archaeological sites across Europe, Iran and Central Asia.
On Crete, I worked at the British School of Athens project at Palaikastro between 2003-2005 (Website for BSA – Palaikastro). The site is a Minoan town, located by the shore at the eastern end of the island. The area we worked on was part of a LM I A structure and street – one of our most exciting discoveries was a huge layer of volcanic ash, deposited during the eruption of Thera on Santorini. My work on Crete was not limited to excavation, and I returned in the summer of 2004 to study, catalogue and illustrate 2003 and previous years’ ceramic material. During the winter of 2004 I was employed as a research assistant in Knossos for Professor Carl Knappett (Toronto), preparing the Minoan pottery from the 1962-62 excavations of Palaikastro for publication (see publication list).
Between 2005-2009 I have worked as a field supervisor on the German-led excavations of Dülük Baba Tepesi, the principal temple of the god known to the Romans as Jupiter Dolichenus (website for the Universität Münster – Doliche). The temple site is located on top of a 1,128m high hill near the modern city of Gaziantep, in southeast Turkey. Originally a storm deity, the cult of Jupiter Dolichenus became enormously popular during the middle period of the Roman Empire, when soldiers all across the northern frontiers began to zealously worship him. The Roman cult is well known in the west, but little is known about it in Doliche itself, and this is one of the questions our project has sought to address. We also want to know more about the prehistory of the site, and in the 2008-2009 seasons we began to uncover the pre-Hellenistic temple structure – revealing itself to be one of the largest Iron Age buildings in the region. Huge quantities of burnt animal bone and ash add to the picture of a fantastically important sanctuary site in the Iron Age – including a disproportionate amount of bone from the back right leg of very young sheep – that traditionally reserved as an offering for the gods.
In the UK I have worked for the University of Cambridge Archaeological Unit, where I was a senior site assistant working on a variety of projects in East Anglia, including evaluation and full excavation digs, and covering a wide range of time periods – from the Neolithic to medieval. I have also worked for South West Archaeology, a small unit in Devon, where I was employed to help excavate a post-medieval urban site in Totnes.
I have spent a lot of time visiting Hadrian’s Wall and prehistoric Bodmin Moor with my husband Stuart Eve (UCL), also an archaeologist (we took part in the Illuminating Hadrian’s Wall event in March 2010 – see this link). I am and have always been interested in all aspects of British archaeology, especially if it involves remote places and beautiful landscapes. We currently live in Denmark and are enjoying exploring the archaeology of the Jutland peninsula.