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Meredith Hood



Graduate Tutor

School of History, Archaeology and Religion


I am an environmental archaeologist, specialising in zooarchaeology, with a strong interest in public outreach and museum research.

My current research project is a collaborative doctoral partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It centres on the study of a large animal bone assemblage from the Early Medieval site of Llanbedrgoch, Anglesey.  By comparing human/animal relationships in the Early Medieval kingdom of Gwynedd to other Welsh kingdoms, and to the rest of Britain, Ireland and continental Europe, it aims to explore the role and influence of animal husbandry practices, diet, trade and the economy during an important period in the creation of Welsh identity (AD 700-1100).

I will also work with Amgueddfa Cymru to use this research to engage young people and local communities with archaeology; in particular by thinking about how food in the past can inform us about issues such as identity, social structure, and the environment, and what this could mean for both the present and future.


Research interests:

  • Human-animal relationships
  • Animal husbandry practices
  • Exploring identity and status through zooarchaeological analyses
  • Museums and Heritage
  • Community outreach and public engagement


  • The University of Oxford, 2013-2016, BA (Hons) Archaeology and Anthropology
  • The University of Sheffield, 2019-2020, MSc Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy. Thesis: "A method for assessing wear rate in cattle molars, with an application to the Iron Age and Roman periods", supervised by Umberto Albarella.
  • Cardiff University, 2021-Present, PhD Archaeology. Thesis: "Food and Networks in Early Medieval Societies: Wales and the West", supervised by Professor Jacqui Mulville and Dr Mark Redknap.



Postgraduate demonstrator:

  • Analaysing Archaeology (2022)
  • Forensic and Osteoarchaeology (2022-2023)
  • Applied Archaeological Science (2024)

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