Topic ID #37292 - posted 8/11/2016 12:03 PM

Osteology and Isotope PhD submitting in Sept 15


M. Vaughan


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PhD Archaeology ABD                                   Queen's University Belfast                 2013-2016

Key research focus: Stable isotope analysis (Strontium, Oxygen, Carbon, and Nitrogen), zooarchaeology, and Medieval Ireland.

Thesis: “The Faunal Bioanalysis of Drumclay Crannóg, Co. Fermanagh”


MSc Osteoarchaeology (2.1)                           University of Edinburgh                    2012-2013

Skills developed: Collagen extraction and bone preparation for stable isotope analysis, human and animal bone identification, paleopathology diagnosis, taphonomic identification, some forensic training, skeletal report writing, and graduate level research strategies.


BA Sociology/Anthropology (1st Class)          Warren Wilson College                      2009-2012

Skills developed: GIS, social theory, archaeology, geology, archaeology field work, landscape archaeology, American archaeology, and experimental archaeology.

Thesis: “Prediction of Place: Calculating the Presence of Archaeology Sites in Pisgah National Forest”


Teaching Experience


Queen’s University Belfast (2013-Present)

            Tutor and Demonstrator

            Teaching includes: Upper level GIS and ecology demonstration; first year animal bone lab demonstration; medieval and prehistoric European archaeology tutorial; supervising two archaeology field trips; supervising an event for the NI Science Fair in 2016.


Warren Wilson College Archaeology Lab (2010-2012)

            Teaching Assistant

            Tasks included: leading students in the field, assisting in classroom activities, assisting in course preparation, designing class rubrics.


Additional Research Experience


North Carolina Office of State Archaeology (Fall 2011)

            Intern to the State Archaeologist of Western North Carolina

            Tasks included: Curating, cataloguing, and organizing archaeological materials, identifying potential archaeological sites, researching the history of potential archaeological sites, mapping sites, and identifying patterns in identified sites.


Warren Wilson College Archaeology Lab (2010-2012)

            Lab Technician/Teaching Assistant

            Tasks included: Curating archaeological and museum materials, cataloging archaeological material, website design and upkeep, archaeological fieldwork, proofreading and editing journal submissions, writing and editing site reports, using computer programs such as GIS, Photoshop, Illustrator, SPSS, and Microsoft Office.




Queen’s University Belfast (2013-present)

Tasks Included: Introducing Work Experience students to zooarchaeology. Organizing and presiding over a zooarchaeology themed event for the Young Archaeologists Club (YAC).

Abbot House, Dumfermline (2013)

            Tasks included: Supervising young children in mock archaeology digs, participating in care and conservation of human remains for museum use, and creating costumes for tour guides and visitors.

Exploring Joara Foundation, Asheville (2009-2012)

            Tasks included: Leading students in the field, excavation, and processing of archaeological material.




Published Articles:

Bartosiewicz, L., Vaughan, M. and Tóth, Z., 2013. Roman Period Evidence for a Special Form of Perimortem Trauma in Large Livestock. Archeometriai Műhely, X(4), Pp. 301-306.

Vaughan, M., Bonsall, C., Bartosiewicz, L., Schoop, U. and Pickard, C., 2013. Variation in the Carbon and Nitrogen Isotopic Signatures of Pig Remains from Prehistoric Sites in the Near East and Central Europe. Archeometriai Műhely, X(4), pp. 307-312.



Vaughan, M. 2014, Drumclay Faunal Analysis: First Interim Report, NIEA archives.

Vaughan, M. 2014, Drumclay End of Year Faunal Report, NIEA archives.



April 7, 2016

            “The Faunal Bioanalysis of Drumclay Crannóg.” Presented at Queen’s University Belfast.

July 27-August 2, 2015

            “Crannógs and Kings: Cattle Mobility in the Irish Medieval Period.” Presented at INQUA.

June 20-21, 2014

            "The Prelimary Faunal Analysis of Drumclay Crannóg, County Fermanagh." Presented at the Postgraduate Zooarchaeology Forum (PZAF).


Committee Memberships:


International Representative: School Postgraduate Research Committee, Queen’s University Belfast



2009-2012      Sutton Honor Scholarship: $3,000 per annum

2014                PZAF Travel Fund: £50

2015                QUB Additional Funding for conference presentation: £1050

2015                IQUA’s Kilcummin Bursary: €127


Additional Training:

AMIRA training at the University of Edinburgh; CRAN-R training, Video Production training, Collagen Extraction and Preparation, Teaching Ability, and XRF training at Queen’s University Belfast.







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