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Team Nunalleq says ‘Bienvenue’ to it’s newest recruits!

February 24, 2016

The AHRC Care for the Future theme has not only provided financial support for our this project over the last few years, but has also provided fantastic thematic support and great opportunities to meet and network with researchers in similar areas – both within the UK and beyond. Now, thanks to a cross-country funding scheme (with French scheme LabEx, Pasts in the Present), we are now able to welcome three new researchers to the project from Nanterre, Paris, who will help drive a new research strand on the connection between animals, subsistence and technology at Nunalleq.

The AHRC-LabEx collaboration will run from February 2016 until February 2018, and brings with it two post-doctoral researchers from Nanterre – Claire Houmard, and Yan Axel Gómez-Coutouly, as well as Head of Laboratory, Isabelle Sidéra.

And we have wasted no time in getting started! Claire – an expert in bone technology – has just returned to Paris from Aberdeen, where she spent 10 days studying the collections with Rick and Edouard, and talking archaeology with Mike who was also visiting Aberdeen at the time.

Nunalleq needles and stone drills

And Claire has already proved her worth – convincing a sceptical Rick to let her take a look through some of our sieved material promising to find needles. She found not one, but two delicate bone needles! These are our first needles from the site, and are a tiny but very welcome addition to the assemblage. Great work Claire!


Our regularly readers might have noticed something slightly different about the last post – it was written in French as well as above in English. As part of our new collaboration, we shall be aiming at posting in French now and again. All blog content shall continue to be posted in English primarily, but – when posts concern the AHRC-LabEx consortium specifically – we shall endevour to post in French as well (being careful not to exhaust our translators, Claire and Edouard!).




One Comment leave one →
  1. Malli permalink
    February 24, 2016 18:14

    Great News! Looking forward to reading from you!

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