Jacqui is a bioarchaeologist – that is she looks at the remains of plants and animals recovered from archaeological sites.  She specialises in looking at the bones of animals that died up to 10,000 years ago.   By identifying the bones she can work out what people were using animals for in the past.  By using other techniques that analyse what is found in bones she can also tell where people or animals came travelled from and what they ate.  

Jacqui works on sites in Britain and particularly likes the archaeology of islands (nice beaches see the other blogs!).  She is interested in understand how the sea level has changed over time and working out what resouces humans got from the sea- particularly when did we begin to hunt whales and dolphins in large numbers.   She is also interested in wild land animals (such as deer), what happened to them when humans took up farming and stopped relying on hunting for food and how we managed to persuade cattle to give us their milk, rather than their calves. 

 Jacqui is a senior lecturer in bioarchaeology at the university in Cardiff – this means she teaches students who are studying archaeology at degree level (it takes three years to get a Batchelor degree in archaeology and another three or more to get a doctorate).  Having spent lots of time studying she is now known as Dr Mulville. 

The most exciting moment she has had in archaeology was digging up the remains of the first British mummies in Scotland.  Her hobbies are digging her allotment, running and juggling with fire (not all at once!).

The Future Animals Team also includes our Cardiff University postgraduate helpers.


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