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Miss Miriam Andrews BSc

Postgraduate research student

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Miriam Andrews is a Postgraduate research student within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton

Miriam Andrews graduated from the University of Southampton in 2016 with a degree in Archaeology (BSc).

Miriam worked under Dr Tomas Polcar as an undergraduate summer intern in 2015, researching the current application of materials science techniques in the study of wear on archaeological artefacts. Subsequently, a PhD position was opened to address some of the caesurae that were identified. Miriam was awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship in 2016 to facilitate this research.

The specific aim of Miriam’s PhD research is to establish a multi-method approach – using principles and approaches borrowed from engineering tribology – to model wear on metal archaeological objects, for the purpose of clarifying their intensity of use in both quantitative and descriptive terms.

The project is inherently inter-disciplinary in nature, and is managed by joint supervision from the Faculty for Engineering and Environment, and the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences.

Research interests

Miriam’s primary research interests include the application of new quantitative methods to archaeological investigation. This is reflected in her current research, and also in her undergraduate dissertation, which involved using a novel mathematical model based on stable isotope analysis to estimate the survival length of medieval lepers in a Leprosarium (leper hospital).

PhD supervision

Dr Tomas Polcar, Professor Alistair Pike, Professor Jo Sofaer

MPhil/PhD research

Modelling tribological processes to examine the use-intensity of Bronze Age metal objects.

Miss Miriam Andrews
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom
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