Danielle Davies



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: Archaeology
Department: Archaeology

PhD commenced October 2011


I graduated with a BA in Archaeology at the University of Exeter in 2010 convinced I wanted to make it my career. Since then, I have been lucky enough to continue my studies here with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, including both an MA in Experimental Archaeology and my current doctoral research.

I have excavated in Romania, Kazakhstan and the United States, and designed public displays for a Dorset museum in the UK; all very different projects. My specific research interests, however, remain focussed on stone tool technologies in the US, in particular prehistoric projectile systems. My own work in this area began primarily in 2009 as part of my undergraduate dissertation, which looked at differential performance between dart and arrow points. Then, during my MA I piloted the use of porcelain (a methodology developed by Bruce Bradley) within impact fracture studies, experimental data which is now being used in a paper I am co-authoring. More recently, my doctoral studies have returned to the problem of dart and arrow point classification, more specifically, the impact of periods of technological transition and complimentary use within different environmental and cultural contexts. As part of this research will be studying collections from the Smithsonian's Museum Support Center(Washington DC) and the Anasazi Heritage Center (Colorado), among others.