Dr Lizzie WrightLizzie Wright

Honorary Research Fellow

Email address: e.wright@sheffield.ac.uk

PhD (University of Sheffield), MSc (University of Sheffield), BA (Durham University)

Department address:

Department of Archaeology
University of Sheffield
Minalloy House
10 – 16 Regent Street
S1 3NJ
United Kingdom


Current Research

2016-Present: Faunal remains from Roman Catterick (Cataractonium) and other settlements along Dere Street. Northern Archaeological Associates Ltd This work involves the study of a number of faunal assemblages from along the Leeming to Barton A1 improvement scheme, including the Roman town of Cataractonium, a new settlement at Scotch Corner and a cemetery at Bainesse. These are some of the largest Roman animal bone assemblages in northern England, and their study will be integral to our understanding of animal husbandry in this area, and placing it within its national and international context.

Previous Research

2016: People and Animals at Norton Priory University of Sheffield
I was Post-Doctoral Research Associate on this project which involved studying the faunal remains from Medieval and post-Medieval levels at Norton Priory (Cheshire, UK). This assemblage is one of the largest from an ecclesiastic site in the UK. I worked closely with curators at the priory in order to feed the results directly into a new exhibition, and coordinated a number of public engagement events.

2015-2016: Animal husbandry in late Neolithic and Chalcolithic Portugal Archaeological Institute of America, Archaeology in Portugal Fellowship 2015-16
This project involved the isotopic analysis (C, N, Sr) of cattle remains from two of the largest prehistoric sites in southern Portugal, Zambujal and Leceia, in order to investigate both the diet and mobility of these animals.

2014-2015: The Zooarchaeology of British Roman roadside settlements University of Sheffield
I studied a number of faunal assemblages from a Roman roadside settlement site at Ware, Hertfordshire, UK. This culminated in the largest and most comprehensive faunal study from a Roman roadside settlement in the UK, and led to a wider review of faunal evidence from sites of this type across Britain.

PhD (2010-2014): Morphological variability of the European aurochs (Bos primigenius) University of Sheffield

My PhD research investigated the morphological variation of the European aurochs through a biometrical study. This work is now the widest reaching study of aurochs biometrical data to date, and provides a picture of aurochs body size fluctuations according to geographical area and climatic and environmental change. The results of this work have revealed major changes in bone size and shape relatively early during the Pleistocene, a south-north cline in body size during the Pleistocene and early Holocene and evidence for an increase in the body size of the aurochs during the Iberian Chalcolithic. Variations in size between different geographical areas have highlighted the importance of using appropriate comparative material for the identification of aurochs remains in Europe (and their distinction from domestic cattle), and the raw data will be an important resource for other animal bone specialists.

Methodological work on pig tooth wear, and seasonality at Durrington Walls, UK University of Sheffield

This work began as part of my MSc dissertation, which aimed to design a new method for the recording of tooth wear on pig teeth from both the upper and lower jaw. Subsequently the new methodology was adopted by the Feeding Stonehenge project and has been used to record the large bone assemblage from Late Neolithic Durrington Walls. I then worked alongside Sarah Viner-Daniels and Umberto Albarella to apply these data to a study of age at death and seasonality at the site. This has been an important contribution, as we detected clear seasonal patterns in the killing of pigs, and also the differential deposition of pigs of different ages depending on context type.



Wright, E., Tecce, S and Albarella, U (Under review) Animal remains from Roman roadside settlements in Britain: contextualising some new results from Ware, Hertfordshire. Submitted to The Oxford Journal of Archaeology.

Wright, E. (Forthcoming) Cattle. In: Lopez-Valera, S (Ed) The SAS Encyclopedia of Archaeological Sciences. Wiley-Blackwell.

Wright, E., Tecce, S., and Albarella, U. (Forthcoming). The Animal Bone In: D, Kaye and K, Kaye. (Eds) Roman Ware; Roadside to River-Crossing Settlement; 40 years of excavation.

Trentacoste, A., Zochowski, A and Wright, E. (Forthcoming). Animal Bone. In: P N Wood and D G Griffiths. Roman land division and probable villa in the hinterland of Deva. Excavation at Saighton Army Camp, Huntington, Chester. Chester Archaeological Journal.

Wright, E. (2016). The Morphological Variability of the European Aurochs from the Middle Pleistocene to its Extinction: a zooarchaeological study. British Archaeological Reports International Series 2815.

Wright, E. (ed.) (2016). Biometrical Database of European Aurochs and Domestic Cattle. Open Context. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.6078/M7TX3C9V

Craig, O., Shillito, L.-M., Albarella, U., Viner-Daniels, S., Chan, B., Cleal, R., Ixer, R., Jay, M., Marshall, P., Simmons, E., Wright, E. and Parker Pearson, M. (2015). Feeding Stonehenge: cuisine and consumption at the Late Neolithic site of Durrington Walls. Antiquity 89 (347): 1096-1109

Wright, E. and Viner-Daniels, S. (2015). Geographical variation in the size and shape of the European aurochs (Bos primigenius). Journal of Archaeological Science 54:8-22

Wright, E., Viner-Daniels, S., Parker Pearson, M., and Albarella, U. (2014). Age and season of pig slaughter at late Neolithic Durrington Walls (Wiltshire, UK) as detected through a new system for recording tooth wear. Journal of Archaeological Science 52:497-514