Dr Carly Ameen
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Carly is an archaeological scientist specialising in zooarchaeology and a founding member of the HumAnE Research Centre. Her research focuses on the use of Geometric Morphometrics (GMM) to distinguish between the faunal remains of closely related animals and identify domesticates in archaeological contexts. She is primarily interested in how changes in animal morphology are related to changing husbandry practices and the unique cultural roles of animals in the past.
Carly holds degrees in archaeological science and anthropology and she completed her PhD at the University of Liverpool in 2018 as part of the NERC funded “Deciphering Dog Domestication” project. Her thesis focused on the analysis of morphometric variability in prehistoric New World dogs, and investigated how changes in canid morphology can reflect changes in the cultural, technological and economic use of dogs in the Americas. After a year as PDRA on the AHRC 'Exploring the Easter E.g.' project, she is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on the AHRC project 'Warhorse: The Archaeology of a Military Revolution'.
Carly is the Project Officer and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the "Warhorse" project, which is a collaborative AHRC funded research project, lead by Professors Oliver Creighton and Alan Outram.
The project is investigating the origins and impact of the Medieval Warhorse, one of the most characteristic symbols of the British Middle Ages, by conducting the first ever integrated and systematic study of the animal, combining analysis of the physical remains of horses with the material culture associated with them, including horse apparel and armour, as well as mapping the landscapes in which horses were bred and trained.
Carly’s work focuses on the zooarchaeological analysis of equuid remains from key archaeological sites across Britian to provide a deeper-time perspective on the impact of this Medieval icon on both the broader cultural landscape of the Middle Ages, as well as on the biology of the horse itself. Her research combines traditional zooarchaeological methods with geometric morphometrics and stable isotope analysis to reconstruct changing human-equid relationships.
"From Feed the Birds to Do Not Feed the Animals" PI Prof. Naomi Sykes (Wellcome Trust)
"Warhorse: The Archaeology of a Military Revolution?", PI Prof. Oliver Creighton, University of Exeter (AHRC)
“Exploring the Easter E.g.- Shifting Baselines and Changing Perceptions of Cultural and Biological ‘Aliens’”, PI Prof. Naomi Sykes, University of Exeter (AHRC).
“Deciphering dog domestication through a combined ancient DNA and geometric morphometric approach”, PI: Prof. Greger Larson, Oxford University (NERC)
"Understanding Cultural Resilience and Climate Change on the Bering Sea through Yup’ik Ecological Knowledge, Lifeways, Learning and Archaeology" ELLA Project, PI: Dr. Rick Knecht, University of Aberdeen (AHRC)
I am open to discussing research proposals on any relevant subject within my research expertise. I am especially happy to consider working with candidates with interests in the following areas:
Zooarchaeology and Bioarchaeology
3D modeling and digital humanities
Arctic North America
Current and Past Graduate Students
- Hannah Britton - "No bark, all bite: A study of domestic dog morphology and diet in Britain" - MSc Awarded 2020
- Laura Connor - "A Geometric Morphometric Approach to Sex Estimation of the Greater Sciatic Notch" - MSc awarded 2020
- Helene Benkhert - "Warhorse: The zooarchaeological view on the role of horses in European Medieval warfare and beyond" - PhD expected 2023
- Margherita Zona - "Revealing the human exploitation of salmonids (Oncorhynchus spp.) on the Pacific coast of North America: A morphometric and biomolecular approach to reconstructing precontact subsistence strategies and human responses to climate change" - PhD expected 2022 (University of Liverpool)