About Me

Hi, my name is Dr. Alex Fitzpatrick. I’m a zooarchaeologist and current EDI researcher at the University of Bradford.

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.

I am currently looking for research and commercial positions based in the United Kingdom starting in October 2022, including freelance opportunities – please do not hesitate to get in contact with me if you’re looking to discuss a potential project! My current CV can be downloaded below.

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

Current Research Interests

  • Decolonisation
    • 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
  • Zooarchaeology
    • 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 within British Archaeology
    • Effects of Immigration and Border Control on Commercial and Research Archaeology
    • Actionable Archaeologies for Contemporary Issues

Other Places to Find Me

Current Membership

  • Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (FSA Scot)
  • International Council of Archaeozoology (ICAZ)
  • Museums Association

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-5447-2252

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