Dr Rosalind Wallduck

userphoto_rosaw

Leverhulme Trust PDRA

Department: Earth Sciences
Division: ES Vertebrates and Anthropology Palaeobiology
Contact: email
Academia page
http://scholar.google.co.uk

Specialisms

Mesolithic archaeology, Neolithic archaeology, Osteoarchaeology, Prehistory in the Balkans, cut-marks, funerary archaeology, reconstructing death-ways, taphonomy

Summary

I am a Leverhulme Trust funded post-doctoral researcher at the Natural History Museum. I'm carrying out a project entitled ‘Cutmark micro-morphometrics and the stage of carcass decay: a pilot study using 3D microscopy’. My current research uses 3D Focus Variation Microscopy (the Alicona InfititeFocus Microscope) to analyse cut-marks made on archaeological bone (human and animal). This work attempts to develop criteria to assess the stage of carcass decay from micro-morphometric characteristics of cut-marks. This has implications for both funerary archaeology (cannibalism vs funerary defleshing) and debates surrounding early hominin food acquisition strategies (hunting vs scavenging). My PhD research (University of Cambridge) used taphonomic analysis to reconstruct funerary practices at four Mesolithic-Neolithic sites along the Danube River in Serbia: Padina, Lepenski Vir, Vlasac, and Hajdučka Vodenica (c. 9,500–5,500 cal BC). I focussed on the numerous disarticulated human bone deposits which were uncovered during excavations in the 1960s and 1970s. Analysis was both macroscopic (such as the observation of weathering types, fracture-type analysis, and the creation of element representation indexes) and microscopic (analysis of cut marks using the Alicona InfiniteFocus Microscope). Results indicated that dead bodies were manipulated post-mortem through various funerary pathways.

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2009 - 2014

MA (Cantab), University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2012 - 2012

MPhil, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2008 - 2009

BA (Hons), University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2005 - 2008

Employment history

Academic

Post-doctoral research assistant (Leverhulme Trust), The Natural History Muesum, London, Earth Sciences, United Kingdom, 2014 - ongoing

Departmental Teaching Assistant, University of Cambridge, Archaeology and Anthropology., United Kingdom, 2011 - 2012

Supervisor, University of Cambridge, Archaeology, United Kingdom, 2010 - 2011

Non-academic

Site Assistant, Cambridge Archaeological Unit, 2008 - 2008

Site Assistant, Cambridge Archaeological Unit, 2007 - 2007

Publications

Wallduck R (2013) Book review [A Companion to Forensic Anthropology, edited by Dennis Dirkmaat]. Archaeological Review from Cambridge, 27 (2): 215 - 219.

Wallduck RJ, Miracle PT, Radić D (2010) Treatment of the dead in the Late Mesolithic: Reconstructing Taphonomic Histories of Human Remains from Vela Splia, Croatia.. Izdanja Hrvatskog Arheoloskog Drustva, 26 : 9 - 17.

Wallduck R (2009) Mesolithic Body Treatment: Reconstructing Taphonomic Histories at Pupićina and Vela Spila, Croatia. Mesolithic Miscellany. Mesolithic Miscellany, 20 (1): 18 - 19.

Highlighted publications

Wallduck RJ, Miracle PT, Radić D (2010) Treatment of the dead in the Late Mesolithic: Reconstructing Taphonomic Histories of Human Remains from Vela Splia, Croatia.. Izdanja Hrvatskog Arheoloskog Drustva, 26 : 9 - 17.

Wallduck R (2009) Mesolithic Body Treatment: Reconstructing Taphonomic Histories at Pupićina and Vela Spila, Croatia. Mesolithic Miscellany. Mesolithic Miscellany, 20 (1): 18 - 19.