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Jessica Smyth

UCD

Dr Jessica Smyth has been an Assistant Professor in the School of Archaeology, University College Dublin since August 2016, where she lectures on material culture, heritage management and Neolithic Europe. She is a graduate of UCD (BA, PhD) and the University of Sheffield (MA). Her research interests are currently centred on daily life in prehistory, interweaving settlement and landscape archaeology with biomolecular archaeology and isotope geochemistry. She was editor of the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site Research Framework for the Heritage Council (2007-2009), before returning to UCD as an IRCHSS Postdoctoral Fellow (2009-2010). In 2011, Jessica relocated to the UK with a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship for Career Development (IEF), based at the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol. She has been part of two ERC Advanced Grant research projects – ‘The Times of Their Lives’ (Cardiff University) and NeoMilk (‘University of Bristol’) – and remains an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Bristol. She is a member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland, the European Association of Archaeologists, and the Prehistoric Society, and is Principal Investigator on the four-year research project ‘Passage Tomb People’, funded by an Irish Research Council Consolidator Laureate Award (2018-2022).

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