Hayley Foster



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: Archaeology
Department: Archaeology

I graduated with a BA in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro focusing primarily on physical anthropology and archaeology.  In order to further my interest and knowledge I decided to pursue an MA in Osteoarchaeology at the University of Southampton.  My MA dissertation involved looking at the role of cattle in the upper Nile valley of ancient Egypt and examining their function in regards to religion and diet. 

Following my Master's research I worked in commercial archaeology in Ireland as a faunal remains specialist, working on important medieval and bronze age assemblages from the M3 road scheme. I also work regularly as a freelance zooarchaeologist.

My doctoral research is a zooarchaeolocal study of changing butchery practices and species exploitation in medieval castles in England.  My research involves examining faunal assemblages and recording butchery patterns using GIS software to investigate butchery practices, dining habits and social change over time.