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Dr Carly Ameen

Postdoctoral Research Associate


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Carly is an archaeological scientist specialising in zooarchaeology. 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 recently completed her PhD at the University of Liverpool 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. Currently, she is a postdoctoral researcher with the AHRC funded “Easter E.g.” project investigating the introduction of the European hare and rabbit to Britain.


Research interests

Carly is a postdoctoral research associate on the “Easter E.g.” project, which is a collaborative ARCH funded research project, lead by Professor Naomi Sykes. The project is investigating the the cultural and biological importance of the introduction of European lagomorph species (rabbits and hares) into Britain and their association with the spread of the traditions and symbols associated with Easter.

Carly’s work focuses on the zooarchaeological analysis of lagomorph remains from key archaeological sites across England to provide a deeper-time perspective on the impact of these ‘alien species’ both today and in the past. Her research combines traditional zooarchaeological methods with geometric morphometrics and stable isotope analysis to reconstruct changing human-lagomorph relationships.


Research collaborations

“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)