Meet the team

The FeedSax project is being undertaken by a multi-disciplinary team of archaeologists from the Universities of Oxford and Leicester.

Photograph of the FeedSax team
Helena Hamerow

Prof. Helena Hamerow

Professor of Early Medieval Archaeology, University of Oxford

Helena is the Principal Investigator of FeedSax, with overall responsibility for the management of the project. Her research focuses in particular on the archaeology of early medieval settlements, and the integration of the bioarchaeological results of the project with the wider settlement and artefactual archaeology of the period.

Amy Bogaard

Prof. Amy Bogaard

Professor of Neolithic and Bronze Age Archaeology, University of Oxford

Amy leads the archaeobotanical side of the project, including the analytical microscopy of charred plant remains, the statistical interrogation of archaeobotanical data, and the stable isotope analysis of crop remains as an index of manuring, irrigation, and other crop growing conditions.

Michael Charles

Dr Mike Charles

Senior Research Fellow in Environmental Archaeology, University of Oxford

Mike leads the landscape research elements of FeedSax, using data from pollen cores and powerful GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technology to produce the first national models of land-use for early medieval England.

Richard Thomas

Dr Richard Thomas

Reader in Archaeology, University of Leicester

Richard leads the archaeozoological aspects of the project, including the examination of cattle long bones for signs of stress-related pathologies (as an index of heavy ploughing), and the study of dietary stable isotopes from sheep bones, to determine their grazing patterns.

Christopher Ramsey

Prof. Christopher Bronk Ramsey

Director of the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, University of Oxford

Christopher is a leading expert in radiocarbon dating and Bayesian statistics, and will be responsible the FeedSax dating programme. We will obtain 450 radiocarbon (AMS) dates from both plant remains and animal bones, to provide a secure chronological framework for our analyses.

Emily Forster

Dr Emily Forster

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Oxford

Emily works on the landscape and palynological aspects of the project, acquiring new pollen cores and re-examining older samples. She will use these data along with sophisticated GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technology to produce the first nationwide models of early medieval land-use in England.

Matilda Holmes

Dr Matilda Holmes

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Leicester

Matilda works on the archaeozoological aspects of FeedSax, in particular the examination of cattle bones for signs of stress-related pathologies - an important indicator of heavy ploughing. She will be integrating these findings within the wider context of faunal remains from across early medieval England.

Mark McKerracher

Dr Mark McKerracher

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Oxford

Mark works on the archaeobotanical side of the project, examining charred plant macrofossils under the microscope, garnering environmental data from excavation reports, and applying statistical analyses to the findings. He also has responsibility for administrative and digital aspects of the project, including the website and database.

Elizabeth Stroud

Dr Elizabeth Stroud

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Oxford

Liz’s work spans both the archaeobotanical and zooarchaeological aspects of FeedSax. She undertakes stable isotope analyses of both animal bones and plant remains to elucidate, respectively, the diets of livestock and the arable environments of early medieval farming.

Sam Neil

Dr Samantha Neil

Laboratory Technician in Stable Isotope Analysis, University of Oxford

Sam provides crucial laboratory support for the project's stable isotope programme. She is responsible for the preparation of bone and plant samples, and for the cataloguing and recording of sample identification data.