James Perkins

      Mr James Perkins

      Postgraduate research student

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      Research Interests

      Mesolithic Ireland

      Niche Construction Theory




      Dating and Chronological Methods



      Research Statement

      PROJECT TITLE: Niche Construction and Plant Use in the Mesolithic

      My research project focuses on examining the land-use and plant-use of Ireland’s first Mesolithic (8000BC-4000BC) settlers within a broader European context. Archaeological and palaeoenvironmental has recently been used to suggest that some Mesolithic “hunter-gatherers” in Europe actively managed woodlands but this has never been tested in Ireland. My research seeks to redress this situation by combining extant archaeobotanical data with new, high-resolution archaeobotanical and palynological analyses. The results will be interpreted using niche construction theory to explore the nature, impact and timing of Ireland’s first people’s palaeoenvironmental interactions, substantially improving our understanding of Mesolithic hunter-gatherer settlement patterns and subsistence strategies.


      Achievements and Distinctions

      2016 AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship

      ID: 85038016