Ashley Coutu


I received a bachelor’s degree in communications and environmental studies from Boston College in Boston, Massachusetts, USA in 2005, before working as a laboratory assistant for Archaeoscape, an environmental archaeology unit run out of the geography department at Royal Holloway.  In 2007, I received an MPhil  in Archaeology from the University of Cambridge, where my research focused on  charred plant remains from medieval deposits at Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, England. I was specifically interested in the nexus of archaeological, environmental, and historical evidence and how these can be used conjunctively to create a fuller understanding of archaeological sites. My role in the HEEAL project is to utilise this same methodology through applying bioarchaeological techniques to historic elephant populations in order to understand the human and environmental consequences of the 19th century ivory trade in Kenya and Tanzania.