Dr Aurélie Cuénod

Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Trans-Sahara Project)


Tel: 0116 252 5735

Email: ac565@le.ac.uk


Aurélie completed an engineering degree at Ecole Centrale de Nantes (France). There, she specialized in material engineering and metals in particular, with projects investigating different aspects of Friction Stir Welding. After a brief period working on software design and debug in the car industry, she moved to the UK to study for a D.Phil in Archaeological Sciences at the University of Oxford. The project, supervised by Professor Mark Pollard was aimed at understanding changes in metal production and trade throughout the Bronze and Iron Ages in Iran. Based on a database of more than 5000 sets of chemical analysis of copper and bronze objects, it primarily investigated alloying practices and metal movement with particular attention to recycling.

After completing her D.Phil in 2013, she worked for a year as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant at the University of Oxford on a John Fell-funded project aimed at curating and cataloguing R.F. Tylecote's collections of metallurgical samples for the Historical Metallurgy Society. She created a database, due to be released online shortly, which will be an important learning and research resource for the archaeo-metallurgical community.

Aurélie joined the School of Archaeology and Ancient History in February 2014 as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant on the ERC-funded Trans-Sahara Project. Her role is to carry out the analysis of the metal objects and metal-working debris recovered during field-work in Fazzan. The results, when compared to other similar studies of West-African and Mediterranean metal, will help understand changes in technology and trade of metal within the Trans-Saharan area.

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