Dr Danielle de Carle

Organic Archaeology Technician

BA Hons (Bristol) MSc, PhD (Sheffield), AFHEA


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Originally hailing from Leicester, Danielle studied for a BA (Hons) in Archaeology at the University of Bristol (2006). After a period working as a Post-excavation Archaeologist for commercial companies and the then English Heritage, on projects such as the Taunton Priory Cemetery, Bronze Age Badger Barrows Project, Malborough Downs; Hailes Abbey, Gloucestershire; Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of White, and the megalithic Wiltshire mound, Silbury Hill she secured a place on the MSc in Environmental Archaeology and Paleoeconomy, University of Sheffield (open AHRC funded) going on to study for a NERC funded PhD (2014) Changing plant subsistence in Prehistoric Southwest Britain: archaeobotanical and anthracological evidence from the South Cadbury Environs Project’, a landscape wide project look at patterns in crops and fuel from the Neolithic to the Roman period in the area surrounding the multivalent, developed Hillfort of South Cadbury, South Somerset (some suggest the 'real' Camelot?).

South Cadbury Environs Project

Both during and following her studies Danielle conducted freelance work  studying archaeologically charred plant items: crops, weeds/wild seeds and  the identification of wood charcoal, supporting reference collection creation  for plants and animals. She also took part in fieldwork with international  archaeological/laboratory teams in Sha'ar HaGolan, Israel; Çatalhöyük, Central Turkey; projects on Crete, at the  new palace site of Sissi and Minoan town of Palekastro; large scale landscape survey of monuments and habitation  in the Altai Mountains Mongolia and wider projects in the UK. She was lucky enough to be given funding to  undertake periods of training at Kew Gardens and through the Botanical society of the British Isles (BSBI).


Working for the National Railway Museum, York and following a brief period as a civil servant she returned to  commercial Environmental Archaeology in the North of England joining the department at Leicester as Organic Archaeology Technician in Autumn 2015.

Danielle cares for the seed, animal bone and human bone collections in the department, and the associated laboratory and teaching spaces. She supports teaching at both undergrad and postgraduate levels, various research projects as wells as requests for equipment and materials alongside our other technician and the professional services team. Previously she has taught/demonstrated in the areas of environmental archaeology, practical archaeology skills and on a range of field schools.

Research interests:

  • Prehistoric agricultural practices,
  • Identifying landscape use/types through plants,
  • Domestic and industrial fuel use (including modern ethnographic investigation of dung fuel in pastoral communities),


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