Mrs Judith Findlater


Dissertation title

Feeding Medieval Carrickfergus – A Multi-proxy Study of Livestock Husbandry in a Frontier Town

Supervisor name

Prof Eileen Murphy, Dr Colm Donnelly, Dr Thom Kerr and Dr Kate Britton


AHRC’s Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership

Dissertation topic

The project is to ascertain how Carrickfergus operated within the Gaelic landscape throughout the medieval period. This is to be achieved through the study of historical sources, maps, landscape survey, zooarchaeology and isotopic analysis. The relationship/interactions between Carrickfergus town and the hinterlands are to be explored using the above resources. This is to provide new socio-economic data through livestock economy of the time. The amalgamation of historical sources and previous works will be completed and new studies will be made on previously unanalysed zooarchaeological assemblages. This information will be reviewed with the study of isotopic elements of Strontium, Oxygen and Sulphur on some of the faunal assemblages that will enable an analysis of the mobility of the livestock throughout the medieval period to be carried out. It is also hoped that the results gathered will aid in providing additional isotopic data for the baselines in Ulster.


I completed my BSc in Archaeology/Palaeoecology at QUB and MSc in Osteoarchaeology at Bournemouth University.