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Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University

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I'm a Ph.D. student in Historical Archaeology since 2016. My research topic is parchment production in medieval Scandinavia and its relationship to animal husbandry strategies and the increasing literacy in society. After my studies in archaeology and osteology I worked a couple of seasons as a field archaeologist in Malmö. My primary career has, however, been as an animal bone specialist within the commercial sector. I've spent 11 years in Oxford where I received an extensive experience of bone assemblages from the Neolithic to the post-medieval period; both rural and urban sites (including medieval kitchen waste from Oxford University's colleges!). I'm primarily interested in animal husbandry strategies in urban/rural societies and the animals' paths through the various crafts that deal with animal products, such as butcher, tanner, bone- and horn worker.

Research

About the research

My research topic is parchment production in medieval Scandinavia and its relationship to animal husbandry strategies and the increasing literacy in society.

Parchment was an immensely important product in the Middle Ages; crucial for both book production and administration. Despite this, we know very little about parchment production and how it relates to the rise in literacy among the population as well as to the introduction of paper in the late Middle Ages. As parchment is made from the skins of young calves and of sheep and goats of all ages, parchment production is closely connected to animal husbandry strategies.

My research includes species identification of parchment through biochemical analyses and comparing the results with zooarchaeological data, to see whether there are any regional or temporal differences.

Research portal (Lund University)

Administrative

Tasks

  • Member, Forskningsnämnden, Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology

Teaching

Teaching spring 2019

Lena Strid

Doctoral Student
Historical Archaeology
Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

Contact information

E-mail lena.stridark.luse

Visiting address Helgonavägen 3, Lund

Postal address Box 192, 221 00 Lund

Internal post code 30