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Katharine is a prehistorian who specialises in the Neolithic of northwest Europe. After graduating with an MA (Distinction) in the European Neolithic from Cardiff University, funded by the AHRC, she completed a PhD at the University of Southampton. This was entitled ‘Axe-heads and Identity: an Investigation into the Roles that Imported Axe-heads Played in Identity Formation in Neolithic Britain. For two years, Katharine taught Comparative World Archaeology, and classes on stone and flint tools for the Ancient Technology unit, at the University of Bristol. She has also worked as a Site Assistant and, more recently, as a freelance stone axe specialist for Cotswold Archaeology. Katharine’s research has taken her to numerous locations across continental Europe including Scandinavia. She has also worked on multi-period sites in Zambia.
Katharine’s research focuses on the Neolithic of northwest Europe, the era of the first farmers between 5000 and 2000 BC, and in particular on the roles of materials and material culture in the origins and development of identities. What was the role of stone and flint axeheads in the origins and development of the Neolithic in Britain? What was the relationship between stone and metal in the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age? Primarily, Katharine specialises in the study of Neolithic stone and flint tools, and is an active Committee Member of the Implement Petrology Group, as well as Editor of their newsletter Stonechat. Katharine has also published on the first metalwork and the origins of social power.
As well as being a prehistorian, Katharine specialises in project management within the heritage sector. Her current project is the Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Ecademy’ based at the New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, as part of the Our Past, Our Future Landscape Partnership Scheme led by the New Forest National Park Authority. The primary aim of the project is to create an online gateway for researchers of all levels and abilities, called New Forest Knowledge, which brings together data from museums, libraries and archives with community submitted content.
- Walker, 2007. A geophysical survey of the Arminghall henge. Past : The Newsletter of the Prehistoric Society, 55.
- Walker and Heyd, V., 2015. The first metalwork and expressions of social power. In: Fowler, C., Harding, J. and Hofmann, D., eds. The Oxford Handbook of Neolithic Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 673-691.
- Walker, 2014. Stone Age 'consumables'. Digging Sedgeford A People's Archaeology. Cromer: Poppyland Publishing, 20-22.
- Walker, 2011. A Mesolithic temporary hunting camp at Sedgeford: what the flint can tell us. Norfolk: Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project. Available from: http://www.sharp.org.uk/interim-reports/SHARP%20Interim%20Report%202011%20.pdf.