Dr Mandy Jay
Mandy Jay is a postdoctoral researcher working on the AHRC funded project entitled 'The Beaker isotope project: mobility, migration and diet in the British Early Bronze Age'. This is a collaborative research programme between investigators at the Universities of Durham and Sheffield (http://www.shef.ac.uk/archaeology/research/beaker-isotope). Prior to this, she was employed as a research assistant engaged in the isotopic analysis of skeletal material for the Leverhulme funded Ancient Human Occupation of Britain (AHOB) project until late in 2005, when she took her current position.
Her PhD, from the University of Bradford, was completed in 2005 and related to the carbon and nitrogen isotopic analysis of archaeological bone collagen from British Iron Age sites for the purpose of dietary reconstruction. She has been interested in the use of isotopic data from skeletal material as a technique for answering archaeological questions about diet, environment and mobility since taking her first degree in Archaeology (also at the University of Bradford), her undergraduate dissertation being designed to provide a background in this by looking for variation in contemporary herbivore carbon and nitrogen values from various locations across Britain. She is particularly interested in the levels of variation in such isotopic values which have been caused by environmental background. Such variation can be caused by both geographical differences and temporal changes in local environment and is often best studied empirically by looking at archaeological animal bone. She is also interested in the ways in which the carbon and nitrogen data can be combined with other isotopic data (sulphur from collagen, oxygen and strontium from tooth enamel) to investigate mobility patterns.
- Jay, M. & Montgomery, J. (2008). The Beaker People Project. British Archaeology (101): 26.
- Jay, M. (2004). Wetwang: dietary equalities in an Iron Age population. CBA Yorkshire Forum 30-33.
- Jay, M. (Accepted). Iron Age diet: Wetwang isotopes and beyond. In Davies, M. & Wellington, I. Oxford: Archaeopress, British Archaeological Report.
- Jay, M., Grimes, V. & Richards, M. P. (Submitted). Stable isotope analyses of animal bone from Pontnewydd Cave. In Aldhouse-Green, S.
- Jay, M., Grimes, V., Montgomery, J., Lakin, K. & Evans, J. (2007). Multi-isotope analysis of humans and cattle from Ferry Fryston, West Yorkshire. In The Archaeology of the A1(M) Darrington to Dishforth DBFO Road Scheme. Brown, F., Howard-Davis, C., Brennand, M., Boyle, A., Evans, T., O'Connor, S., Spence, A., Heawood, R. & Lupton, A. Lancaster: Oxford Archaeology North. 351-354.
- Jay, M. & Richards, M. P. (2007). The Beaker People Project: progress and prospects for the carbon, nitrogen and sulphur isotopic analysis of collagen. In From Stonehenge to the Baltic: Living with cultural diversity in the third millennium BC. Larsson, M. & Parker Pearson, M. Oxford: Archaeopress, BAR International 1692. 77-82.
Journal papers: academic
- Parker Pearson, M., Chamberlain, A., Jay, M., Marshall, P., Pollard, J., Richards, C., Thomas, J., Tilley, C. & Welham, K. (2010). Who was buried at Stonehenge?. Antiquity 83(319): 23-39.
- Jay, M. (2009). Breastfeeding and weaning behaviour in archaeological populations: evidence from the isotopic analysis of skeletal materials. Childhood in the Past 2: 163-179.
- Jay, M., Fuller, B. T., Richards, M. P., Knüsel, C. J. & King, S. S. (2008). Iron Age breastfeeding practices in Britain: isotopic evidence from Wetwang, East Yorkshire. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 136(3): 327-337.
- Jay, M. (2008). Iron Age diet at Glastonbury Lake Village: the isotopic evidence for negligible aquatic resource consumption. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 27(2): 201-216.
- Jay, M. (2008). Prehistoric diet on the Yorkshire Wolds: isotopes and skeletons. Prehistory Research Section Bulletin of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society 45: 68-70.
- Jay, M. & Richards, M. P. (2007). British Iron Age Diet: stable isotopes and other evidence. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 73: 169-190.
- Sheridan, A., Parker Pearson, M., Jay, M., Richards, M. & Curtis, N. (2007). Radiocarbon dating results from the Beaker People Project, 2007: Scottish samples. Discovery and Excavation in Scotland 8: 222.
- Jay, M. & Richards, M. P. (2006). Diet in the Iron Age cemetery population at Wetwang Slack, East Yorkshire, UK: carbon and nitrogen stable isotope evidence. Journal of Archaeological Science 33(5): 653-662.
- Sheridan, J. A., Parker Pearson, M., Jay, M., Richards, M. & Curtis, N. (2006). Radiocarbon dating results from the Beaker People Project: Scottish samples. Discovery and Excavation in Scotland 7: 198-201.
Journal papers: online
- Jay, M. (2007). Stable isotopes from the human and faunal remains. Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports 24: 93-95.