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Spotlight on: Archaeology.


Spotlight on: Archaeology.

Dr Lindsey Büster talks about her latest book and why you should study Archaeology at Canterbury Christ Church

‘Studying archaeology at Canterbury Christ Church University will give you all the training you need to pursue careers in the archaeology, museum or heritage sectors, and the transferable skills necessary for employment in a range of other professions. Our degree has a pathway accredited by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, with opportunities to participate in a long-running field school and close links with local archaeology and heritage bodies. Our vibrant and dynamic department offers period-specific modules in prehistory, and the Roman and Medieval worlds, together with thematic options such as osteology, and the archaeology of death and burial, drawing inspiration from the World Heritage status of Canterbury itself and the rich archaeological landscapes of Kent and the south-east.’

Dr Lindsey Büster 

Lindsey is a Lecturer in Prehistoric Archaeology at Canterbury Christ Church University and a post-doctoral researcher on the ERC-funded COMMIOS Project at the University of York, which uses socio-cultural and scientific approaches (osteology, stable isotopes and aDNA) to understand Iron Age population dynamics, connectivity and mobility across Britain and the Near Continent. Lindsey studied at University College London (2003-2006; BSc), the University of York (2006-2007; MA) and the University of Bradford (2009-2012), where she completed her PhD on Iron Age roundhouses in Scotland and was a Teaching Fellow in European Iron Age Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh (2018-2019) before taking up her current roles. 

Lindsey’s research focuses on the intersection of ritual and domestic life in later prehistory. Her interests include the ritualisation of the domestic sphere, non-normative funerary practices and the application of contemporary social theory to past societies. Lindsey co-directs fieldwork at the Covesea Caves: a prehistoric mortuary landscape in north-east Scotland, and co-authored Darkness Visible: The Sculptor’s Cave, Covesea, from the Bronze Age to the Picts, published by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and recently voted Scottish Research Book of the Year Book of the Year. Her co-edited volume Between Worlds explores the enigmatic nature of cave landscapes at a global scale. 

Inspired by her work on the AHRC-funded Continuing Bonds Project, which used archaeology as a catalyst for discussions around death, dying and bereavement among palliative care professionals today, Lindsey’s research also examines the insights that contemporary lived experiences can shed on our interpretation of cached objects in the archaeological record. Her publication on Problematic Stuff in Antiquity, has also recently featured in Sapiens magazine

Dr Lindsey Büster talks about her award winning book here

Find out more about studying Archaeology at Canterbury Christ Church University

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