University of Aberdeen
Current Position Senior Lecturer in Archaeological Science
Telephone +44 (0)1224 273823
Departments School of Geosciences
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity, Environmental Management
Methods I Use Bio / Geo / Chemical Analytical


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