Dr Rosalind Wallduck

Dr Rosalind Wallduck
  • Leverhulme Trust PDRA
  • Earth Sciences department
  • Vertebrates and Anthropology Palaeobiology
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London
SW7 5BD

Biography

Qualifications

  • PhD in Archaeology (University of Cambridge): ‘Post-Mortem body manipulation in the Danube Gorges’ Mesolithic-Neolithic: a taphonomic perspective’.
  • MA (Cantab) in Archaeology and Anthropology.
  • MPhil in Archaeological Research (University of Cambridge).
  • BA (Hons) in Archaeology and Anthropology (University of Cambridge)

Professional Roles

Current

2014 – Present          Post-doctoral research assistant, funded by the Leverhulme Trust:     
                                      ‘Cutmark micro-morphometrics and the stage of carcass decay
                                      a pilot study using 3D microscopy’.

Teaching

2011–2012                  Departmental Teaching Assistant, Archaeology and Anthropology.

2010–2012                  Lecturing: Mesolithic cemeteries.

2010–2011                  Supervising: Death and burial; Material culture.

Archaeological excavation

2007 and 2008            Site Assistant: Cambridge University Archaeological Unit (UK).

Research

Interests

  • Taphonomy
  • Funerary archaeology and osteoarchaeology
  • Cut-marks on bone
  • Reconstructing death-ways
  • Mesolithic archaeology

Research

I am a Leverhulme Trust funded post-doctoral researcher at the Natural History Museum carrying out a project entitled ‘Cutmark micro-morphometrics and the stage of carcass decay: a pilot study using 3D microscopy’.

Read more about the cutmarks project

The Leverhulme Trust

My current research uses 3D scanning microscopy (Alicona InfititeFocus Microscope) to analyse cutmarks made on archaeological bone (human and animal). This project attempts to develop criteria to assess the stage of carcass decay from micro-morphometric characteristics of cutmarks. 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. 

Watch a video based on Rosalind's PhD research: What Do Bones Say About Beliefs?

Publications

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

Wallduck R., Bello S. 2012. Taphonomic indicators of post-mortem body manipulations during the Mesolithic and transition to the Neolithic in the Danube Gorges, Serbia. PESHE 1: 171.

Pilaar Birch S.E., Wallduck R. (eds). 2011. Archaeology and Economic Crises. Archaeological Review from Cambridge 26(1).

Wallduck R., Miracle P., Radić D. 2010. Treatment of the dead in the Late Mesolithic: Reconstructing Taphonomic Histories of Human Remains from Vela Splia, Croatia. Arheoloska istrazivanja na srednjem Jadranu, znanstveni skup Vis, 13–16 Oktobar 2009. Izdanja Hrvatskog Arheoloskog Drustva 26: 9–17.

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