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Rosie Bishop

Irc Postdoctoral Fellow

School of Archaeology
UCD School of Archaeology, Newman Building, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

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Biography

I am currently an Irish Research Council Post-doctoral Fellow in the School of Archaeology at UCD. My research project combines experimental archaeological and archaeobotanical approaches to further our understanding of continuity and change in plant use in Mesolithic and Neolithic Britain and Ireland (https://mesoneoseedsofchange.wordpress.com). I will use novel laboratory and field experiments to elucidate the major preservation biases and taphonomic processes affecting different plants in Mesolithic-Neolithic archaeobotanical assemblages in the region. I will then analyse/reanalyse key archaeological assemblages and re-evaluate the evidence from regional archaeobotanical syntheses using the experimental observations.

 

I completed my PhD on Mesolithic-Neolithic plant use in Scotland in the Department of Archaeology, Durham University, UK in 2013, and I was subsequently employed as a Post-doctoral Research Associate for the Uig Landscape Project in the same department.

 

I am actively involved in several ongoing excavation and post-excavation projects in Scotland and Iceland, including the early Neolithic settlement at the Braes of Ha'Breck, Orkney (excavations directed by Antonia Thomas and Dan Lee, UHI/ORCA, Orkney, UK; see http://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/orkneys-first-farmers.htm). I am also a key member of a Mesolithic research project in the Western Isles (directed by Dr Mike Church, Durham University, UK), and I am the co-director and archaeobotanist for the recent investigations at Northton, the first Mesolithic site discovered in the Western Isles. I am also involved in archaeobotanical research for the Icelandic Institute of Archaeology in Reykjavík and in collaboration with researchers through the NABO network have analysed Viking/Norse samples from the sites at Aðalstræti, Reykjavík, and Gásir and Skuggi, Northern Iceland.

Publications

     

Peer Reviewed Journals

Bishop, RR (2015) 'Summed radiocarbon probability distributions from cereal grains: arable cultivation proxy or the 'archaeology of us'? (a reply to Stevens and Fuller 2015)'. World Archaeology, 47 (5):876-881. [Details]
Bishop, RR (2015) 'Did Late Neolithic farming fail or flourish? A Scottish perspective on the evidence for Late Neolithic arable cultivation in the British Isles'. World Archaeology, 47 (5):834-855. [Details]
Bishop, RR; Church, MJ; Rowley-Conwy, PA (2015) 'Firewood, food and niche construction: the potential role of Mesolithic hunter-gatherers in actively structuring Scotland's woodlands'. Quaternary Science Reviews, 108 :51-75. [Details]
Bishop, RR; Church, MJ; Rowley-Conwy, PA (2014) 'Seeds, fruits and nuts in the Scottish Mesolithic'. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 143(2013) :9-71. [Details]
Bishop, RR; Church, MJ; Dugmore, AJ; Madsen, CK; Møller, NA (2013) 'A charcoal-rich horizon at Ø69, Greenland: evidence for vegetation burning during the Norse landnám?'. Journal of Archaeological Science, 40 :3890-3902. [Details]
Edwards, B; Miket, R; Bishop, R (2011) 'The excavation of Duddo Stone Circle, Northumberland'. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society and Journal of Social Archaeology, 77 :321-353. [Details]
Bishop, RR; Church, MJ; Rowley-Conwy, PA (2010) 'Cereals, fruits and nuts in the Scottish Neolithic Scotland'. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 139(2009) :47-103. [Details]

Other Journals

O'Meara, DP; Bishop, RR (2016) 'Environmental Analysis. In Jackson, D. Neolithic to Romano-British occupation at Durranhill, Carlisle: Archaeological Investigations 1997-8 and 2011' Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmoreland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, Third Series 16 :168. [Details]
Snape-Kennedy, L; Church, MJ; Bishop, RR; Clegg, C; Johnson, L; Piper, S; Rowley-Conwy, PA (2013) 'Tràigh na Beirigh 9' Discovery and Excavation in Scotland (NS) 14 :199. [Details]
Bishop, RR; Church, MJ; Clegg, C; Johnson, L; Piper, S; Rowley-Conwy, PA; Snape-Kennedy, L (2013) 'Tràigh na Beirigh 2' Discovery and Excavation in Scotland (NS) 14 :198-199. [Details]
Church, MJ; Bishop, RR; Blake, E; Nesbitt, C; Perri, A; Piper, S; Rowley-Conwy, PA; Walker, J (2012) 'Tràigh na Beirigh 2' Discovery and Excavation in Scotland (NS) 13 :190. [Details]
Church, MJ; Bishop, RR; Blake, E; Nesbitt, C; Perri, A; Piper, S; Rowley-Conwy, PA; Walker, J (2012) 'Tràigh na Beirigh 1' Discovery and Excavation in Scotland (NS) 13 :190. [Details]
Church, MJ; Bishop, RR; Blake, E; Nesbitt, C; Perri, A; Piper, S; Rowley-Conwy, PA; Snape-Kennedy, L (2012) 'Temple Bay' Discovery and Excavation in Scotland (NS) 13 :186. [Details]
Church, MJ; Bishop, RR; Blake, ERR; Nesbitt, C; Perri, A; Piper, S; Rowley-Conwy, PA (2011) 'Tràigh na Beirigh' Discovery and Excavation in Scotland (NS) 12 :194-195. [Details]
Church, MJ; Bishop, RR; Blake, ERR; Nesbitt, C; Perri, A; Piper, S; Rowley-Conwy, PA (2011) 'Temple Bay' Discovery and Excavation in Scotland (NS) 12 :187. [Details]
Bishop, RR; Church, MJ; Rowley-Conwy, PA (2011) 'Northton, Harris' Discovery and Excavation in Scotland (NS) 12 :185-186. [Details]
Bishop, R (2011) 'Prehistoric Society Student Study Tour April 2011' PAST 68 :5-6. [Details]
Bishop, R (2011) 'The Creation of 'Homes' in the Earliest Farming Period in Eurasia' PAST 67 :11-12. [Details]
Bishop, RR; Church, MJ; Rowley-Conwy, PA (2010) 'Northton, Harris' Discovery and Excavation in Scotland (NS) 11 :178. [Details]
               

Reports

Bishop, RR; Church, MJ; Nesbitt, C (2012) Archaeological investigations at Northton, Harris, Western Isles, 2011. Data Structure Report. Department of Archaeology, Durham University. Reports [Details]
Bishop, RR; Church, MJ; Rowley-Conwy, PA (2011) Excavations at Northton, Western Isles of Scotland, 2010; Data Structure Report. Department of Archaeology, Durham University. Reports [Details]
                                                                                                 

Research

Research Interests

My main research interest is the changing nature of the relationship between humans, plants and their environment during the transition to farming in North-West Europe and the environmental consequences of the spread of agriculture across the North Atlantic islands (Atlantic Scotland, Faroes, Iceland and Greenland) from prehistory to the Viking-Norse periods. For details of my current IRC funded project please see the project website:
https://mesoneoseedsofchange.wordpress.com 


My research focuses on:

- Archaeobotany and environmental archaeology of Scotland, North-West Europe and the North Atlantic islands (Atlantic Scotland, Faroes, Iceland, Greenland)

- Mesolithic and Neolithic archaeobotany and archaeology

- Archaeobotanical taphonomy and experimental archaeology