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UK Fellow, Archaeology, elected in 2013

Professor Julia Lee-Thorp FBA

Stable isotope chemistry applied to dietary ecology and environments in human origins research
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About this Fellow

Julia Lee-Thorp has taught at the Universities of Cape Town, Bradford, and most recently, Oxford, where she has been University Lecturer in Bioarchaeology and Professor of Archaeological Science in the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art since 2010, and Vice Head of the School of Archaeology since 2014. She teaches Bioarchaeology in the M.Sc. in Archaeological Science. Her research interests lie primarily in human origins and prehistoric archaeology in southern, East and North Africa, but she has also carried out fieldwork and research in South America and Eurasia. Her particular expertise is in stable isotope ecology and in the isotopic and chemical composition of bones and teeth, applying these approaches to explore the role of diet and environment in early human origins and the emergence of modern humans, and management patterns in early farming systems in Africa and the eastern Mediterranean. She is a NERC Core Panel Member and serves on the NERC Isotope Geosciences Facility Steering Committee



Current post

  • Professor of Archaeological Science, University of Oxford; University Lecturer in Bioarchaeology, and Director of the Stable Light Isotopes Laboratory, RLAHA; Fellow, St Cross College, Oxford

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