About Me

Hi, my name is Dr. Alex Fitzpatrick. I’m a zooarchaeologist and interdisciplinary researcher.

I received my BA in Classical Archaeology, Anthropology, and Special Honours from CUNY Hunter College in 2015.

In 2016, I received my MSc in Archaeological Sciences from the University of Bradford. My dissertation was titled Fishing, Diet, and Environment in the Iron Age of the Northern Isles.

I remained at the University of Bradford until 2021, where I received my PhD in Archaeology. My dissertation was titled Ritual and Funerary Rites in Later Prehistoric Scotland: An Analysis of Faunal Assemblages from the Covesea Caves.

I’m currently one of the hosts of the zooarchaeology podcast ArchaeoAnimals on the Archaeology Podcast Network – new episodes drop every first Tuesday of the month!

To see my current list of publications, please check them out here.

For inquiries, please contact me at animalarchaeology@gmail.com.

And if you want to support my work, you can donate here!

Current Research Interests


  • Ritual and Funerary Zooarchaeology
  • Non-Anthropocentric and Post-Humanist Approaches to Zooarchaeology
  • Effects of Colonisation on Introductions and Extinctions of Species
  • Embracing Archival Research for Future Zooarchaeology
  • Ethical Approaches to Zooarchaeology

Current Issues in Archaeology

  • Ableism – Mental Health, Enabled Archaeologies, Reframing Archaeological Practice
  • Sexism – Effects of Toxic Masculinity in Archaeology, Critical and Intersectional Evaluation of Current Feminist Approaches to Archaeology
  • Racism – Whiteness and Archaeology, Racism with British Archaeology, Supporting a More Diverse and Inclusive Archaeology
  • Effects of Immigration and Borders on Commercial and Research Archaeology
  • Actionable Archaeologies for Contemporary Issues


  • Using Decolonial Approaches to Zooarchaeology, Archaeology, and Natural History Studies
  • Critical Evaluation of Current Decolonial Practices in Archaeology
  • Developing Action Plans Towards Decolonisation
  • Establishing Accountability in Archaeology

Other Places to Find Me

Current Membership

  • Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (FSA Scot)
  • International Council of Archaeozoology (ICAZ)
  • Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society (YAHS)
  • Museums Association (MA)

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-5447-2252

Also, I have no idea how to ride a bike.