University of Aberdeen
Key Research Interests
- Bioarchaeology (animal and human remains)
- Human-environmental interactions
- Palaeodietary reconstruction
- Reconstruction of past movements and climates
- Stable isotope analysis of skeletal materials (carbon, nitrogen, sulphur strontium, oxygen)
Recent Key Papers
- Britton, et al. (in press) ‘Isotopes and new norms: investigating the emergence of early modern UK breastfeeding
practices at St. Nicholas Kirk, Aberdeen’. International journal of osteoarchaeology.
- Britton, K., et al. (2018). ‘Stable carbon, nitrogen and sulphur isotope analysis of permafrost preserved human hair from
rescue excavations (2009, 2010) at the precontact site of Nunalleq, Alaska’. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports,
vol. 17, pp. 950-963.
- Gigleux, CA., Grimes, V., Tütken, T., Knecht, R. & Britton, K. (2017) ‘Reconstructing caribou seasonal biogeography in Little
Ice Age (late Holocene) Western Alaska using intra-tooth strontium and oxygen isotope analysis’. Journal of
Archaeological Science: Reports.
Summary Title of Current Studentships
- Reconstructing human diet in Scotland from the late iron Age to High medieval period using stable isotope analysis of bone collagen
- Exploring late Pleistocene intra- and inter- site climate variability and seasonality through the oxygen isotope analysis of faunal skeletal remains from Palaeolithic sites
- Reconstructing isotope ecology and biogeography of caribou in western Alaska during the Little Ice Age
- Theoretical approaches to the study of ‘The Other Human’ (Neanderthal historiography)
- QUADRAT DTP student, Sarah Barakat: Exploring the potential of multi-tissue sulphur and strontium isotope analysis and isoscape modelling to reconstruct past faunal movements
- QUADRAT DTP student, Leia Tilley: An Integrated Multi-Proxy Approach to the Late Pleistocene Landscapes and Environments of Ireland and Scotland, and the Potentials for Human and Faunal Recolonizations at the End of the Last Ice Age