Dr Orsolya Czere
BSc Hons (Comenius University), MA (Aberdeen), MSc (York)
Orsolya's interest in archaeological science developed after moving to Scotland in 2011 to begin her education at the University of Aberdeen at the Department of Archaeology. Specialising in early medieval diet and mobility she acquired her MA (first class honours) in Archaeology in 2015. To pursue her interest in the biological sciences as well as archaeology, Orsolya completed an MSc in Bioarchaeology at the University of York, graduating in 2016. Her research aimed to assess the affects of physiological stress related isotopic shifts in non-survivors and survivors. In October 2016, Orsolya began her AHRC (Arts and Humanities Council) and HES (Historic Environment Scotland) funded PhD research at the University of Aberdeen. Her project is undertaking a Scotland wide diachronic isotopic study to characterise patterns of dietary change from late Iron Age to High Medieval times.
Orsolya is currently taking a break from her doctoral research to be a Teaching Fellow at the Department of Archaeology at the University of Aberdeen.
Orsolya's research focuses on the use of multi-isotope analytical techniques (δ13C, δ15N, δ34S, 87Sr/86Sr, and δ18O) to study dietary change and mobility in archaeological populations. In addition to the analysis of isotopic patterns at a population level, she is also interested high-resolution diachronic isotopic profiles of individuals, as well as the relationship between physiological stress and stable isotope fractionation.
- Temporal and geographical dietary variability in Scotland from the Late Iron Age to High Medieval period
- Dietary changes in Scotland related to major historical transitions
- Variation in dietary patterns at secular vs Christian, urban vs rural sites in medieval Scotland
Through her doctoral project Orsolya has an ongoing partnership with the Scottish Universities Research Centre (SUERC), which enabled her to receive training in stable isotope mass spectrometry. This provided her unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience of the mass spectrometry techniques that underlie dietary isotope studies in archaeology.
- AY2006 Test Tubes & Trowels (Undergraduate 15-credit course)
- AY3021 Advanced Archaeological Science (Undergraduate 15-credit course)
- AY5001 Northern Worlds (MSc 30-credit course)
- AY4014 Bioarchaeology
- AY5002 Theory and Method in Research (MSc 30-credit course)
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The Bodies in the ‘Bog’: A Multi-Isotope Investigation of Individual Life-Histories at an Unusual 6th/7th AD Century Group Burial from a Roman Latrine at Cramond, ScotlandArchaeological and Anthropological Sciences, vol. 14, 67Contributions to Journals: Articles
Multi-isotope analysis of the human skeletal remains from Blair Atholl, Perth & Kinross, Scotland: insights into the diet and lifetime mobility of an early medieval individualTayside and Fife Archaeological Journal, vol. 27, pp. 31-44Contributions to Journals: Articles
Isotopes and new norms: investigating the emergence of early modern UK breastfeeding practices at St. Nicholas Kirk, AberdeenInternational journal of osteoarchaeology, vol. 28, no. 5, pp. 510-522Contributions to Journals: Articles