Dr. des. Richard Frosdick
Institut für prähistorische und naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie (IPNA)
Tel.: ++41 61 201 02 43
Currently, I am awaiting the defence of my PhD thesis at the Institute for Prehistory and Scientific Archaeology in Basel. The study looks at rural life from the hinterland of Basel in the early middle ages (4th – 12th Centuries) through the archaeozoological data. The background to the project lies in the dearth of data from rural sites during this time period although much is known about the people through grave and burial finds. The main points to take from my study are firstly that different site types; urban, rural and castle (high status) seem to have consistent patterns of the three main domestic species through time and across a wide geographical range. The changing stature of cattle from the late Iron age to high medieval is also something that has an interesting progression with increases in stature during the Roman period and a decrease thereafter. The third topic is the attempt to follow meat supply in an urban context, namely Basel which during the later periods of the study has material from low status areas, craftsmen and high status areas. These show interesting patterns although this part was no more than a first step. The last point is the antler material found in the Castrum Raurcense, although a paucity of data does not allow a full and decisive discussion of this topic. However, it appears that the worked material is waste from the production of combs.
During the five years of commercial project work I have also carried analysis of material from a wide range of sites, including from what is thought to be an Iron Age ritual deposit at Benken-Hämmenriet. Roman deposits at Gals, which consisted of material severely damaged by the water-logged sediments in which they were deposited. Another early medieval site from Lichtenstein was also recorded and analysed, although a small assemblage it was useful as further information for my PhD. I am currently working on a project, with a second person, that is scan recording the osseous material and from an excavation from what is thought to be one of the largest Iron Age settlements in Europe. This excavation is on-going and has so far uncovered hundreds of thousands of animal bones, we are also tasked with extracting the small fragments of human bone, for a project analysing the spread of human bones within an Iron Age settlement.
During the summer of 2009, I also spent three weeks at a Palaeolithic site in Syria, the Hummal project is run by the Prehistory Department at IPNA. I was asked to attend the excavation in order to create an environment that was conducive to better coordination, recording and analysing of the bone remains that were uncovered. In this time I studied over four thousand identified bone remains from a variety of novel species including gazelle and camelids. The most interesting aspect of the project aside from the sheer uniqueness was the taphonomic factors that were involved in the creation of the bone assemblage.
I believe that working in a commercial Research department also helped gain further experience, which I now find invaluable. The individuals in the small research department were engaged in coordinating, analysing and reporting findings of trials of a varying nature. Reporting and communication took place with a wide variety of people within the company, both those people on the ground and those in the higher echelons, and also with those outside of the company.
Computer literate, good communication skills, adaptable, organised, quick learner, strong interpersonal skills, ability to work well under stress. Languages: English - native, German - Fair, French - Basic