Staff Profile:Dr Amy Richardson

Name:
Dr Amy Richardson
Job Title:
Senior Research Fellow
Responsibilities:
Field and data manager for the MENTICA project
Areas of Interest:
  • Prehistory of Southwest Asia and the Mediterranean
  • Culture, technology, & exchange
  • Materials analysis and provenance techniques
Research groups / Centres:

Objects, Materials and People Research Cluster

Key Facts:

Amy is Senior Research Fellow on the ERC-funded MENTICA project, working with Prof Roger Matthews and Dr Wendy Matthews on integrated community approaches to the Middle East Neolithic transition. Working at new sites in Iraq and Iran spanning the Epipalaeolithic to the Early Neolithic, Amy is primarily responsible for coordinating field recording methods and managing data flow to conduct network analysis on the results of the investigations.

Amy completed her thesis at Reading in 2010, following which she spent four years working as Project Manager for the Central Zagros Archaeological Project. Her research examines prehistoric networks of exchange across Southwest Asia, through the analysis of clay and stone artefacts.

As Gerald Averay Wainwright Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford 2015-2018, Amy has been developing a multi-pronged approach to understanding how networks of material exchange helped societies thrive. Drawing on scientific, materials-based approaches and current theoretical perspectives, this research explores how the interactions between people and materials shaped the social worlds of the Neolithic, through case studies in the Eastern Fertile Crescent.

In collaboration with Prof Roger Matthews, the City Seals Project examines sealed clay documents and objects from ancient Mesopotamia. Combining pXRF analysis of clay tablets and sealings with iconographic and functional analysis, this project seeks to shed light on the bureaucratic practices of early urban societies.

Publications:
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Qualifications:
BA (Cardiff), MA (Leicester), PhD (Reading)
Dr Amy Richardson

Contact Details

Email:
a.l.richardson@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 8747

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