The University of Aberdeen
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Originally from Connecticut, USA, Tim studied Anthropology at the University of Connecticut, focussing in Archaeology with a keen interest in Classics. In his fourth year at UCONN Tim changed subject area to Viking-Age Archaeology and, after taking an intensive course on the subject, took an interest in Zooarchaeology. In the Summer of 2008 Tim participated in the Archaeological excavations at Bethsaida in northern Israel. In 2008 Tim graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology. After graduation Tim worked as an assembly technician in an Alignment Laser manufacturing company, assisting in supporting his family.
After a year and a half he began searching for postgraduate degrees in Viking Archaeology. In 2010 Tim attended the taught MLitt in Celtic and Viking archaeology at the University of Glasgow, completing with merit with a dissertation titled "Ulfberht Swords: Distribution, Value, and Trademarks". The following year he completed a research MPhil with a thesis titled "The Role and Status of the Smith in the Viking Age", focussing on the social pathways which influenced the consumption and perception of iron objects and producers in the Viking Age. During research in his MPhil thesis Tim was interested in ritual activities and an attempt to combine his interests in ritualisation, Zooarchaeology, and Viking Archaeology led him to contact the staff at the University of Aberdeen where he is now researching for his PHD, supervised by Dr. Karen Milek and Dr. Neil Price.
Viking Archaeology, Zoo archaeology, Viking age economics and expansion, Viking and Late Norse Ethnohistory
Tim’s current research bears the preliminary title of "The Walrus in the Walls and other Strange Tales: Domestic Ritual Deposits in the Viking Age North Atlantic". This involves a source critical analysis of the archaeological uses of ritual as an interpretive term, and a reconceptualisation of categorisations of Archaeological ritualised building deposits in Iceland, Scotland, and the Scottish Islands in comparison with available material from native populations and Scandinavia. The evidence involved includes many examples of animal remains deposited in what appear to be ritualised activities. The eventual goal of this research is to begin to unravel the multi-layered importance of rituals within the Viking home life.