Research interests

I’m a zooarchaeologist, interested in human animal relationships in the past. I’ve studied archaeological animal remains dating from the Middle Pleistocene through to the Post-Medieval period, across many European areas, and I have a particular love for prehistoric cattle.

My PhD research investigated the morphological variation of the European aurochs (extinct wild cattle) through a biometrical study. This work is now the widest reaching study of aurochs morphological variation to date, and provides a picture of body size fluctuations according to geographical area and climatic change. I’ve also published important methodological work on pig tooth wear and seasonality at late Neolithic Durrington Walls.

I’m especially interested in:

  • Animal husbandry
  • Domestication
  • Biometrical techniques
  • Ageing methodologies
  • Cattle-human relationships in prehistory and beyond

Curriculum Vitae

Since September 2018 Marie Curie Intra-European Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Basel, Switzerland
LAKEBOS: Cattle at prehistoric lake-dwelling sites in Switzerland: an investigation of husbandry practices and the spread of cultural influence
Since 2016Honorary Research Fellow, University of Sheffield
2016-2018Zooarchaeologist, Northern Archaeological Associates Ltd, Barnard Castle, UK
Studying faunal remains from the Leeming to Barton A1 improvement scheme
2016Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Sheffield, UK
People and Animals at Norton Priory
2015-2016AIA Archaeology in Portugal Fellow, hosted by the University of Sheffield, UK
Animal Husbandry in Late Neolithic and Chalcolithic Portugal
2014-2015Zooarchaeologist,University of Sheffield, UK (with KDK Archaeology) 
Studying faunal remains from the Roman roadside settlement at Ware, Herts (UK)
2010-2014PhD Candidate, University of Sheffield, UK
The history of the European aurochs from the Middle Pleistocene to its extinction: an archaeological investigation of its evolution, morphological variability and response to human exploitation.
2009-2010Research Assistant, University of Sheffield, UK
2008-2009MSc Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy, University of Sheffield, UK
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Dr. Lizzie Wright
Integrative Prähistorische und Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie (IPNA)
Spalenring 145
4055 Basel