So this is a bit more about me – for any of you who are interested! So not to get carried away I’ll keep this short and sweet.
My name is Samantha Field, but please call me Sammy. As you may have noticed I have an interest in all things bony, particularly the skeleton. Which came from human remains course whilst studying at uni. I did a BSc in biological anthropology (human evolution, primates, genetics) and a master’s in archaeology and anthropology. During both of these I’ve spent my time ‘playing’ with bones! Since then I’ve been intrigued by bones and in particular the comparative anatomy of different mammals.
In September 2015 I started a PhD at the University of Southampton with the aim to examine, evaluate and improve on the methods used to estimate age of adult human skeletons from their dentition. It is an exciting subject and one that, I hope, will have a positive impact on the fields of archaeology and biological anthropology. Currently I am reading as much material that I possibly can surrounding the subject and I can’t wait until I get to work with human skeletal material once again.
I have been lucky enough to be granted this PhD through the AHRC CDP, which is the Arts & Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Partnership. This sounds quite complicated but basically I have been award an Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA – apparently they like to use a lot of anagrams!). This means that a higher education institution (i.e. Southampton University) and an institute from the heritage sector (in my case Historic England) come together to propose a project, which is then carried out by a PhD student. This will allow me to gain experience in both the academic and heritage sectors, which will undoubtedly provide me with some amazing opportunities for my future career.
Previous to starting my PhD I have carried out various volunteering roles, which included conducting inventories on multiple skeletal collections at the Royal College of Surgeons, England. I really enjoyed working here and hope to return again some day! You can see what I did at the College on my ‘What I’ve Been Up To‘ page, or simply look through my blog history. I also worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Reading collecting data for a project looking at the evolution of language.
So apart from bones what else do I like? I’m quite active and used to play a lot of hockey, which I’ve recently picked up again. I’ve met so many great people playing this game and have very fond memories with these people. I definitely suggest joining some from of sports team or activity – it’s a great way to meet people.
I also enjoy live music, I don’t really have a type, I like a lot of variety! I go to quite a few gigs – my boyfriend is a musician so am dragged along to a lot of his – but honestly I enjoy it. I also get the chance to see live bands at my pub job (I work at my local part-time). We have a function room and it’s quite interesting to hear lots of different types of music – some of which are definitely not my thing!
So I think that’s a fair bit about me – I’m not sure what else you want to know! Oh maybe that I have a twin sister called Vicky?! (she requested that I mention her!) I hope you enjoy what I’m doing, and the things that I’m posting, let me know if you want to know anything else!