Imagined Bodies: Contextualising the Human Body in Italy, 4000-1000 BC.

2 December 2019, 12:30 - 14:00

CRASSH Meeting Room, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT

"The work in progress seminars were varied, stimulating and of  high intellectual calibre."
Susanne Hakenbeck (Archaeology), Early Career Fellow, Lent 2017


Part of the CRASSH Fellows Work in Progress Seminar Series. All welcome but please email Michelle Maciejewska to book your place and to request readings. A sandwich lunch and refreshments are provided.


Dr Eóin Parkinson
 

This is an extension of my PhD, which explored the impact of social and economic change on the human body across 5000 years of Italian prehistory through scientific analysis of archaeological human remains. This new project will further explore these processes by investigating the relationship between depictions of the human form and treatment of the body after death through consideration of prehistoric art and burial evidence. In doing so, this project seeks to re-evaluate the traditional interpretations of social change in the 4th-3rdmillennia BC in the central Mediterranean.

Eóin is an archaeologist specialised in central Mediterranean prehistory and the analysis of human remains and funerary evidence. He completed his BA in Archaeology at Queen’s University Belfast, during which he undertook an Erasmus Exchange to the University of Malta. Following his undergraduate degree, Eóin completed his MSc in Human Osteology & Funerary Archaeology at the University of Sheffield and worked as a Postgraduate Research Assistant on the ERC funded FRAGSUS Project (2014-2019), then moving to Cambridge to start his PhD (Funded by the Cambridge AHRC DTP and an honorary award Robert Gardiner Scholarship). His PhD thesis (examined July 2019), entitled Body size, skeletal biomechanics and habitual behaviour: A bioarchaeological approach to social and economic change in the Neolithic and Copper Age central Mediterranean explored the impact of social and economic change on the human body across 5000 years of Italian prehistory through scientific analysis of archaeological human remains. His thesis explored major themes of social and economic change in central Mediterranean prehistory through a bioarchaeological approach that examined skeletal evidence of nutritional status and physical activity.

Eóin’s other research interests include monumentality, funerary archaeology and radiocarbon chronologies of central Mediterranean prehistory. Beyond the Mediterranean, his previous research has investigated the long-term impacts of colonialism and identity in Ireland through analysis of funerary monuments.