Pam J. Crabtree
Professor/ Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS)
Zooarchaeology, Medieval Archaeology, later Prehistoric Europe, Near Eastern Archaeology and prehistory, animal domestication
Pam Crabtree is a zooarchaeologist who studies archaeologically-recovered animal bone remains to reconstruct past animal husbandry patterns, hunting practices, and diets. As an archaeologist, she is interested in the origins of urbanism in early medieval Europe (8th-10th centuries CE), as well as the transition to farming in the ancient Near East and the subsequent development of animal husbandry practices in later prehistory and early historic times. Crabtree began her career as a volunteer in the Winchester (UK) Excavations in 1971. She currently serves as the co-director of the Dún Ailinne excavations in Co. Kildare, Ireland as well as a zooarchaeologist for several other archaeological projects in Europe and the greater Near East. She teaches courses on later European prehistory, medieval archaeology, animal domestication, the transition to agriculture, and zooarchaeology.
Member - Center for the Study of Human Origins
Affiliated Faculty: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, Medieval Studies and Kevorkian Center
- 2019 Grant from the Rust Family Foundation in support of Feeding Early Medieval Cities: Evidence from Late Saxon Southampton and Early Medieval Antwerp, $5800
- 2018 Grant from the NYU Center for the Humanities in support of the publication of Provisioning Ipswich: animal bone remains from the Origins of Ipswich Project, $1460.
- 2018 Elected to the Committee of Honor of the International Council for Archaeozoology
- 2018 British Academy Flexi-grant to Bournemouth University, £11,300
- 2017 NYU Global Research Institute Fellowship at the Tel Aviv, Israel campus, June 5-23, 2017
2021 Feeding Ipswich: Animal Remains from the Saxon and Medieval Town.
2018 Serjeantson, D.and Crabtree, P., with Mulville, J., Ayres, K., Ingram, C., and Locker, A., How Pius? How Wealthy? The Status of Eynsham and St. Albans Abbeys Between the 8th and the 12th Centuries Re-examined in Light of their Food Consumption, in The Middle Ages Revisited: Studies in the Archaeology and History of Medieval Southern England Presented to Professor David A. Hinton, edited by B. Jervis, pp. 115-140. Oxford: Archaeopress.
2018 Pam J. Crabtree and Douglas V. Campana, Animal Bone Remains from ‘Ain el-Gedida, Chapter XII in Amheida IV. ʿAin el-Gedida: 2006-2008 Excavations of a Late Antique Site in Egypt’s Western Desert by N. Aravecchia, pp. 593-600. New York: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World Publications.
2018 Douglas V. Campana and Pam J. Crabtree, Bone Implements from Chalcolithic Tepecik-Çiftlik: Traces of manufacture and wear on two classes of bone objects recovered from the 2013 excavation season, Quaternary International 472: 75-83.
2018 Pam J. Crabtree, Douglas V. Campana, Andrea Trameri, Nancy Highcock, and Lorenzo d’Alfonso. Subsistence and Ritual: A Note on the Achaemenid Faunal Remains from the Site of Kinik Höyük, Southern Cappadocia, Turkey. In Proceedings of the 12th meeting of the Archaeozoology of Southwest Asia and Adjacent Areas, edited by C. Cakirlar, J. Chahoud, R. Berthon, S. Pilaar Birch, pp. 185-190. Groningen: Barkhuis.
2018 Early Medieval Britain: The Re-birth of Towns in The Post-Roman West. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
2018 The value of studying large faunal collections using traditional zooarchaeological methods: a case study from Anglo-Saxon England, in C. Giovas and M. Le Febvre (eds.), Zooarchaeology in Practice: Case Studies in Methodology and Interpretation in Archaeofaunal Analysis. New York: Springer, pp. 173- 188.
2017 European Archaeology as Anthropology: Essays in Memory of Bernard Wailes, edited by Pam J. Crabtree and Peter Bogucki. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum.
2017 Pam Crabtree, Eileen Reilly, Barbora Wouters, Yannick Devos, Tim Bellens and Anne Schryvers, Environmental Evidence from Early Urban Antwerp: New Data from Archaeology, Micromorphology, Macrofauna
2017 Rizetto, M., Crabtree, P., & Albarella, U. (2017). Livestock changes at the beginning and end of the Roman Period in Britain: Issues of acculturation, adaptation, and ‘improvement’. European Journal of Archaeology 20 (3): 535-556.
2017 J. J. Piro and Pam J. Crabtree, Zooarchaeological evidence for pastoralism in the Early Transcaucasian Culture, in Archaeozoology of the Near East 9, edited by M. Mashkour and M. Beech, pp. 273-283. Oxford: Oxbow
2016 Zooarchaeology in Oceania: a review. Archaeology in Oceania 51:1-62015 (with Douglas V. Campana)
2015 A note on the role of dogs in Anglo-Saxon society: evidence from East Anglia. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology,
2015 Wool production, wealth, and trade in Middle Saxon England, in Animals and Inequality in the Ancient World, edited by Ben S. Arbuckle and Sue Ann McCarty, pp. 337-353. Boulder: University of Colorado Press.
2015 Urban-Rural Interactions in East Anglia: the Evidence from Zooarchaeology, in Dynamic Interactions: Town and Countryside in Northwestern Europe in the Middle Ages, edited by Alexis Wilkin, John Naylor, Derek Keene, and Arnoud-Jan Bijsterveld, pp. 35-48. The Medieval Countryside 11. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols.
2014 (with D. V. Campana) Animal Bone, in Brandon, Staunch Meadow, Suffolk: A
2014 (with Douglas V. Campana) Animal use at medieval Kinik Höyük, a
2014 (with Susan A. Johnston and Douglas V. Campana), Performance, place, and power at Dún Ailinne, a ceremonial site of the Irish Iron Age, World Archaeology 46 (2): 206-223.
2014 Animal husbandry and farming in East Anglia from the 5th to the 10th centuries CE. Quaternary International 346: 102-108.
2013 (With M. G. Campana and M. A. Bower) Ancient DNA for the Archaeologist: the Future of African Research, African Archaeological Review 30: 21-37.
2012 Middle Saxon Animal Husbandry in East Anglia, East Anglian Archaeology, 143.
2011 (with Bradley Adams) Comparative Osteology: A Laboratory and Field Manual of Common North American Animals. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
2010 Anthropological Approaches to Zooarchaeology: Colonialism, Complexity
2010 Agricultural Innovation and Socio-economic Change in Early Medieval Europe: Evidence from Britain and France. World Archaeology 42 (1): 122-136.
2009 (With Susan A. Johnston and Douglas V. Campana) A Geophysical Survey at Dún Ailinne, County Kildare, Ireland, Journal of Field Archaeology 34 (4): 385-402
Updated February 2019
I spent part of the 2018 winter break identifying the animal bone remains that were identified from the Gorterstraat Street site in Antwerp, Belgium. The faunal material dates to the 10th-11th century CE and provides an interesting contrast to the earlier 8th-10th-century animal bone assemblage that was recovered from the Burcht sites.
Our excavation team returned to Dún Ailinne for
Last summer, my colleagues at Bournemouth University and I received a British Academy Grant that allowed us to collaborate on two archaeological projects. The first is a comparative study of the animal bone remains from Late Neolithic, Chalcolithic, and Early Bronze Age sites in the north and
Most recently, I spent part of January 2019 studying the Mesolithic, Neolithic, and Eneolithic animal bones that were recovered from excavations at Kamyana Mohyla I in the Ukrainian steppe region.
Field and Laboratory Work
2019- Zooarchaeologist for The Kamyana Mohyla I site, Ukraine.
2018—Zooarchaeologist for the Goretestraat Excavations, Antwerp, Belgium.
2016—Present Co-director of the Dún Ailinne Excavations, an Irish royal site from the Iron Age located in Kilcullen, Ireland.
2014—Zooarchaeologist for the Burcht 1 and 3 sites, Antwerp, Belgium
2012-13--Zooarchaeologist for the Shengavit Archaeological Project, an Early Bronze Age site in Yerevan, Armenia.
2013-present--Project zooarchaeologist for the Kinik Höyük, Southern Cappadocia, Turkey.
2012-present--Zooarchaeologist for the Kyzyltepe, Uzbekistan Project.
2010-17--Zooarchaeologist for the Amheida excavations, Dakleh Oasis, Egypt
Pam J. CrabtreeProfessor/ Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) email@example.com 25 Waverly Place
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