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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

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Dr Andrew R Millard, B.A., D.Phil.

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Contact Dr Andrew R Millard (email at a.r.millard@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

My first degree was in chemistry at Oxford, but whilst studying for that I discovered the delights of archaeology, going digging at weekends. I managed to combine these interests when I found a place for my undergraduate project and doctoral work in the Research Laboratory for Archaeology at Oxford. My D.Phil. explored the uptake of uranium into bone in order to improve the basis of uranium-series dating of bone, and a post-doctoral project explored wider issues of the effect of groundwater hydrology on the decay and preservation of bones.

In 1995 I came to Durham a Lecturer, where my research has broadened to cover the chemistry of bones and teeth applied to archaeological problems, and Bayesian statistics applied to archaeology, particularly to the analysis of scientific dating techniques, and with wider applications in Quaternary science. My research is a mixture of work conducted alone and collaborative projects with a range of scholars within Durham (I have collaborated with colleagues in Archaeology, History, Earth Sciences, Geography and Mathematics) and external to Durham (including Leiden, Groningen, Cambridge, Sheffield, British Geological Survey).

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2015: Invited speaker British Academy Conference: 'Aliens, Foreigners & Strangers in Medieval England c.AD 500-1500', British Academy, 26 & 27 March 2015
  • 2014: Editorial Board, Journal of Archaeological Science Reports:
  • 2012: and 2015: Member of International Scientific Committee for the International Radiocarbon Conference:
  • Reviewer for academic journals and funding agencies:

    Since 2012:

    Journals: Antiquity, Radiation Measurements, Geochronometria, Journal of Archaeological Science, Journal of Human Evolution, Environmental Archaeology, Computer Applications in Archaeology conference proceedings, Quaternary Science Reviews, Proceedings of the Royal Society A, Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, Journal of Quaternary Science, Radiocarbon, Dendrochronologia, Archaeometry, Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, Quaternary International, European Journal of Archaeology, Collegium Antropologicum, Annals of Applied Statistics, Journal of the North Atlantic, ArchéoSciences

    Funding agencies: National Science Foundation (USA), Marsden Fund (New Zealand), Leverhulme Trust, NERC

Research Interests

  • Applications of computers and statistics in archaeology
  • Chemical and biochemical methods in archaeology
  • Scientific dating techniques

Selected Publications

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Europe: History & Archaeology: dating techniques
  • Human biology and development: analysis of bones for diet
  • World perspectives & techniques: applications of chemistry in archaeology
  • World perspectives & techniques: dating techniques
  • World perspectives & techniques: statistics in archaeology
  • Middle Ages & Early Modern History: dating techniques
  • The Earth: Animals: chemical analysis of bones
  • People: Evolution and Biology: dating techniques
  • People: Evolution and Biology: analysis of bones for diet
  • People: Civilisation & land use: archaeological information from soil chemistry
  • Chemistry: applications of chemistry to archaeology
  • Chemistry: analysis of bones for diet
  • Industrial materials: statistics in archaeology

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