Durham University

Louisa Gidney has been associated with the Department of Archaeology, Biological Laboratory for over 25 years. Louisa is currently employed part-time as Environmental Archaeology technician. Louisa is not a member of the academic teaching staff but is a demonstrator for animal bone practicals and an essay tutor for a range of Level 1 courses.

In the other part of her time, Louisa is a Research Associate working with Archaeological Services, Durham University to provide assessments and reports on faunal remains. Recent Archaeological Services excavations producing animal bones include: post-medieval cattle horn cores from a tannery in North Shields; Embleton, a medieval village in Northumberland with dove cotes; Hallgarth Street in Durham, with pits full of post-medieval kitchen and table waste that can be linked to an C18th cookery book from Durham. Recent work for academic members of staff has included Clarendon Palace for Dr C. Gerrard and Dryslwyn Castle for Dr C. Caple. Recent work for other organisations has included three Iron Age and Romano-British sites on the Isle of Thanet for Thanet Archaeological Trust and Romano-British saltworkings at Nantwich for Manchester University Archaeological Unit.

Louisa is currently writing a PhD thesis as a staff candidate. The topic is “Cattle: from Conception to Consumption” and draws upon archaeological finds of cattle bones studied from many sites, the Dexter cattle and historical cookery sources used by Rent a Peasant.

abhsEnquiries for quotes for animal bone projects should be made to Duncan Hale of Archaeological Services 0191 334 1121, archaeologicalservices@durham.ac.uk or Charlotte O’Brien 0191 334 1113, charlotte.o’brien@durham.ac.uk.


Louisa also undertakes small faunal remains projects on a private basis, please phone 01388 731 848 to discuss your requirements.



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