I am a non traditional student reentering academia after a 30 yr Hiatus. I was a volunteer with the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology for several years in my earlier years. I have now decided to return to gain a degree in Anthropology and Geology.
Leatherwork & tanning
I am currently doing my PhD research on flint artefacts from the transitional period of Mesolithic to Neolithic in Belgium by use-wear analysis. For this research, I perform a lot of experiments using flint tools for 'Mesolithic activities', like plant or hide processing.
I started working in the experimental field while still in university. Mostly I do reconstructions of iron objects and medieval shoes. These days I run the museums forge of the archaeological open-air museum "Bajuwarenhof Kirchheim", where I also present other crafts to the public.
Graduated archaeological studies with specialization of archaeological monuments' conservation at NCU in Toruń, Poland. I specialize in archaeological objects' conservation made of organic material: wood, leather, textiles, and antlers.
I completed my MA Archaeology from the University of Aberdeen in 2014, for which I completed a dissertation looking at the possible uses of seaweed in Viking Age Metallurgy.
Since 1980 I have taught the conservation of objects (stone, glass, metal, fibers, leather, ceramics etc.) at the Department of Art Conservation at Buffalo State College (State University of New York). I have been a craftsman essentially all my life.
I am an avid practitioner of traditional living skills and primitive technology of all kinds and have followed this interest into the academic field of Experimental Archaeology, in which I hold an MA in Experimental Archaeology and a PhD on the ‘Microscopic Analysis of Prehistoric Tanning Technol
I began with introducing Living History to the Irish National Heritage Park circa 1995 when I founded a Living History group Gael agus Gall - this involved researching craft work in Viking Age Ireland for presentation to the public visiting the Park - using the (re)constructed buildings as a cont
I have been a shoemaker since 2005. I am working freelance making interpretations of turnshoes from across Northern, Eastern and Central Europe. I also make replicas for museums.
I am an experimental archaeologist and have been presenting archaeology & history with my husband within education & the heritage industry for over 20 years. I make a range of archaeological & historical replica's including clothing.