Julia Best

Dr Julia Best

  • 01202 962074
  • bestj at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Researcher - Zooarchaeology
  • CG23,
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My background is in zooarchaeology, within which I specialise in the archaeology of birds. I am interested in animal-human relationships through time and space.

Journal Articles

  • Maltby, M., Allen, M., Best, J., Fothergill, T. and Demarchi, B., 2018. Counting Roman chickens: multidisciplinary approaches to human-chicken interactions in Roman Britain. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.
  • Colonese, A.C., Maltby, M. et al., 2017. The identification of poultry processing in archaeological ceramic vessels using in-situ isotope references for organic residue analysis. JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 78, 179-192.
  • Jonuks, T., Oras, E., Best, J., Demarchi, B., Mänd, R., Presslee, S. and Vahur, S., 2016. Multi-method Analysis of Avian Eggs as Grave Goods: Revealing Symbolism in Conversion Period Burials at Kukruse, NE Estonia. Environmental Archaeology, 1-14.
  • Best, J. and Mulville, J., 2016. Birds from the water: Reconstructing avian resource use and contribution to diet in prehistoric Scottish Island environments. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 6, 654-664.
  • Peters, J., Best, J., Maltby, M. et al., 2015. Questioning new answers regarding Holocene chicken domestication in China. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 112 (19), E2415.
  • Best, J. and Mulville, J., 2014. A Bird in the Hand: Data Collation and Novel Analysis of Avian Remains from South Uist, Outer Hebrides. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.


  • Best, J., 2017. In Preparation. The Bird Bone. In: Parker-Pearson, M., Smith, H., Mulville, J. and Brennand, M., eds. Cille Pheadair: A Norse Period Farmstead on South Uist. Oxford: Oxbow.
  • Best, J. and Mulville, J., 2013. Between the sea and sky: the archaeology of avian resource exploitation in Scottish island environments. In: Daire, M.-Y., Dupont, C., Baudry, A., Billard, C., Large, J.-M., Lespez, L., Normand, E. and Scarre, C., eds. Anciens Peuplements Littoraux Et Relations Homme/Milieu Sur Les Cotes De L'Europe Atlantique / Ancient Maritime Communities and the Relationship Between People and Environment along the European Atlantic Coasts. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, 417-426.
  • Best, J., 2013. Activity Seven: Ötzi the Iceman: What and Who Was He Wearing? In: Mulville, J. and Law, M., eds. Environmental Archaeology and Community Engagement: activities and advice. Cardiff: Cardiff Osteoarchaeology Research Group/ Association for Environmental Archaeology, 18-22.
  • Best, J. and Mulville, J., 2010. The Fowling Economies of the Shiant Isles, Outer Hebrides: Resource exploitation in a Marginal Environment. In: Prummel, W., Zeiler, J.T. and Brinkhuizen, D.C., eds. Birds in Archaeology: Proceedings of the 6th Meeting of the ICAZ Bird Working Group in Groningen. Groningen: Barkhuis, 87-96.



  • Best, J., 2014. Living in liminality: an osteoarchaeological investigation into the use of avian resources in North Atlantic Island environments. PhD Thesis. Cardiff University, School of History, Archaeology and Religion.

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassador.
  • I have been a member of Guerilla Archaeology, an outreach collective based at Cardiff University.

Conference Presentations

  • European Association of Archaeologists Conference, More than a dietary supplement: Humans and Chickens in Roman Britain, 02 Sep 2015, University of Glasgow


  • PhD in Archaeology (Cardiff University, 2013)
  • MA in Archaeology (Cardiff University, 2009)
  • BA (Hons) in Archaeology (Cardiff University, 2008)


  • International Council for Archaeozoology, Member (2009-),
  • Professional Zooarchaeology Group, Member (2014-),
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