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Dr Julie Bond

PositionSenior Lecturer in Archaeology
LocationK10, Richmond building
DepartmentSchool of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences
Telephone+44 (0) 1274 233534

Study History

Julie was one of the first graduates in Archaeological Sciences at Bradford.

She worked for the Sheffield Museum Service before taking an MA at Sheffield in Paleoeconomy and Environmental Archaeology (1983).

She worked as a specialist in archaeozoology and archaeobotany and as a field archaeologist for bodies such as the Ancient Monuments Laboratory, Historic Scotland and the British Museum, before undertaking an SERC-funded PhD on ‘Change and continuity in an island system; the palaeoeconomy of Sanday, Orkney’ (Bradford 1995).

Professional History

She became assistant director and post-excavation manager for the Old Scatness and Jarlshof Environs Project and in 1999 became a lecturer, but is still part-funded by the Old Scatness project and (since 2006) by Viking Unst.

She is part of the international Heart of the Atlantic project, centred on the Faroe Islands.

Professional Activities

  • Member NABO; Co-Chair Palaeobotany Working Group, Member, Archaeozoology Working Group
  • Member, Association for Environmental Archaeology (Committee member 1996-2000), International Council for Archaeozoology, European Association of Archaeologists
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
  • Reviewer, Environmental Archaeology, Journal of Archaeological Science
  • Conference organiser, NABO 2008; Archaeological futures, a research agenda for the North Atlantic

Research Areas

Julie’s field research consists of excavation in the North Atlantic on projects such as:

  • Old Scatness (1995-present; assistant director & post excavation manager), the Historic Scotland site of Jarlshof (co-director)
  • Undir Junkarinsfløtti (the international Heart of the Atlantic project, involving the Faroese National Museum, City University New York, Durham and Bradford Universities)
  • Viking Unst project (a major initiative with Shetland Amenity Trust for which she is excavation director; funded principally by Heritage Lotteries Fund her team includes researchers from the Universities of Bradford, Durham, Glasgow, CUNY and Stirling)

Julie is also a co-investigator in the NSF IPY application ‘Island connections: comparative historical ecology in Faroes, Iceland and Greenland’, (PI McGovern, CUNY).

Her lab-based work concentrates on aspects of palaeoeconomy and the social and ritual use of animals.

Her research focuses on the following themes:

Continuity and change in the subsistence base of settlements in the North Atlantic region

The impact of climate and environment and the stability of agrarian strategies in marginal environments. Projects: Pool, Tofts Ness, Old Scatness, Jarlshof, Heart of the Atlantic and Viking Unst. Publications: Bond & MacSween 1998, Bond 1998, Dockrill, Bond & O’Connor 1998, Bond 2002, Bond 2003, Bond, Guttman & Simpson 2004, Bond, Nicholson & Simpson 2005, Turner, Nicholson Dockrill & Bond 2005, Bond, Nicholson & Simpson 2005, Nicholson, Barber & Bond 2005, Hunter, Bond & Smith 2007, Dockrill, Bond, Nicholson & Smith 2007. Research students, Cussans, Wooding (AHRC)

Detecting agricultural intensification in the archaeological record

Publications: Bond 1998, Bond & O’Connor 1998, Bond 2002, Bond 2003, Bond, Guttman and Simpson 2004, Mulville, Bond & Craig 2005, Bond, Nicholson & Simpson 2005, Dockrill, Bond, Nicholson & Smith 2007, Hunter, Bond & Smith, 2007.

Viking settlement in the North Atlantic region and cultural and economic change at the Viking Landnám in the North Atlantic settlements


  • Pool
  • Old Scatness
  • Jarlshof
  • Viking Unst
  • Heart of the Atlantic

Publications: Bond 1998, Bond 2002, Bond 2003, Forster & Bond 2004, Hunter, Bond & Smith 2007. Research students; Redmond (AHRC, 2005), Mustchin, Summers (AHRC)

The ritual and symbolic use of animals, especially in funerary practices; the taphonomy and significance of cremated animal bone in archaeological contexts.


  • Sancton
  • Sutton Hoo
  • Spong Hill
  • Brougham
  • Ingleby

Publications: Bond 1996, McKinley & Bond 2001, Bond and Worley 2004, Bond 2005, Bond & Worley 2006, Richards, Beswick, Bond, Jecock, McKinley, Rowland & Worley 2004. Research student Worley (AHRC).


  • Dockrill, S. J., J. M. Bond, V. E. Turner, L. D. Brown, D. J. Bashford, J. E. Cussans & R. A. Nicholson in print (2009). Excavations at Old Scatness, Shetland Volume 1: The Pictish Village and Viking Settlement. Lerwick: Shetland Heritage Publications
  • Cussans, J. E., J. M. Bond & T. P. O'Connor 2007. Biometry and population change; metrical analysis of the mammal bone. In J. R. Hunter, J. M. Bond and A. N. Smith (ed.) Investigations on Sanday, Orkney Vol. I: Excavations at Pool, Sanday. A Multi-period settlement from Neolithic to Late Norse times: 242-262. Kirkwall: Orcadian/Historic Scotland
  • Dockrill, S. J., J. M. Bond, R. Nicholson & A. Smith 2007. Tofts Ness: An island landscape through 3000 years of Prehistory Orcadian. Investigations on Sanday, Orkney Vol 2 Edinburgh: Historic Scotland
  • Dockrill, S. J., J. M. Bond, V. E. Turner & L. D. Brown 2007. Old Scatness Excavation Manual: A Case Study in Archaeological Recording. Lerwick: Shetland Amenity Trust
  • Hunter, J. R., J. M. Bond & A. N. Smith 2007. Investigations on Sanday, Orkney Vol 1. Pool: Orcadian/Historic Scotland
  • Bond, J. M. & F. L. Worley 2006. Companions in death: the roles of animals in Anglo-Saxon and Viking cremation rituals in Britain. In R. Gowland and C. Knüsel (ed.) Social archaeology of funerary remains: 89-98. Oxford: Oxbow
  • Bond, J. M. 2005. The cremated animal bone from mounds 5, 6, and 7. In M. O. H. Carver (ed.) Sutton Hoo, a seventh century princely burial ground and its context: Report of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London 69. 275-80. London: British Museum Press
  • Bond, J. M., R. A. Nicholson & I. Simpson 2005. Living off the land: farming and fishing at Old Scatness. In V. E. Turner, R. A. Nicholson, S. J. Dockrill and J. M. Bond (ed.) Tall Stories? Two millennia of brochs: 211-220. Lerwick: Shetland Amenity Trust
  • Dockrill, S. J., J. M. Bond & C. M. Batt 2005. Old Scatness: The First Millennium AD. In V. E. Turner (ed.) Tall Stories? Broch Studies, Past Present and Future: 52-65. Oxford: Oxbow
  • Mulville, J., J. M. Bond & O. Craig 2005. The white stuff: milking in the outer Scottish Isles. In J. Mulville and A. K. Outram (ed.) The zooarchaeology of fats, oils, milk and dairying: 167-82. Oxford: Oxbow
  • Nicholson, R. A., P. Barber & J. M. Bond 2005. New evidence for the date of the introduction of the House Mouse, Mus musculus domesticus Schwarz & Schwartz and the Field Mouse Apodemus sylvaticus to Shetland. Environmental Archaeology 10: 143-151
  • Turner, V. E., S. J. Dockrill & J. M. Bond 2005. Viking settlement in an Iron Age Village; Old Scatness, Shetland. In A. Mortensen and S. V. Arge (ed.) Viking and Norse in the North Atlantic: 245-249. Tórshavn: Føroya Fródskaparfelag
  • Turner, V. E., R. A. Nicholson, S. J. Dockrill & J. M. Bond 2005. Tall Stories? 2 Millennia of Brochs. Lerwick: Shetland Amenity Trust
  • Bond, J. M., E. Guttman & I. A. Simpson 2004. Bringing in the sheaves; farming intensification in the post-broch Iron Age. In R. Housely and G. Coles (ed.) Atlantic Connections and Adaptations; economies, environments and subsistence in lands bordering the North Atlantic: AEA/NABO Monograph. 138-145. Oxford: Oxbow
  • Bond, J. M. & F. L. Worley 2004. The animal bone. In H. Cool (ed.) Brougham Roman Fort: 311-331. London: Society for the promotion of Roman Studies/English Heritage
  • Forster, A. K. & J. M. Bond 2004. North Atlantic networks; preliminary research into the trade of steatite in the Viking and Norse periods. In R. Housely and G. Coles (ed.) Atlantic Connections and Adaptations; economies, environments and subsistence in lands bordering the North Atlantic: AEA/NABO Monograph. 218-229. Oxford: Oxbow
  • Richards, J., P. Beswick, J. M. Bond, M. Jecock, J. McKinley, S. Rowland & F. Worley 2004. Excavations at the Viking barrow cemetery at Heath Wood, Ingleby, Derbyshire. Antiquaries Journal 84: 23-116.
  • Bond, J. M. 2003. A growing success? Agricultural intensification and risk management in Late Iron Age Orkney. In J. Downes and A. Ritchie (ed.) Sea change: Orkney and Northern Europe in the Later Iron Age AD 300-800: 105-110. Balgavies, Angus: Pinkfoot Press
  • Rhodes, E. J., C. Bronk Ramsey, Z. Outram, C. Batt, L. Willis, S. Dockrill & J. Bond 2003. Bayesian methods applied to the interpretation of multiple OSL dates: high precision sediment ages from Old Scatness Broch excavations. Shetland Isles Quaternary Science Reviews 22: 1231-1244
  • Bond, J. M. 2002. Pictish pigs and Celtic cowboys: food and farming in the Atlantic Iron Age. In B. B. Smith and I. Banks (ed.) In the Shadow of the Brochs; the Iron Age in Scotland: 177-190. Stroud: Tempus
  • Bond, J. M. & T. P. O'Connor 2001. Animal remains. In: A. Martin & C. Allen. Two prehistoric ring ditches and an associated Bronze Age cremation cemetery at Tucklesholme farm, Barton-Under-Needwood, Staffordshire. Staffordshire Archaeological and Historical Society Transactions XXXIX: 8-9
  • McKinley, J. I. & J. M. Bond 2001. Cremated bone. In D. Brothwell and A. M. Pollard (ed.) Handbook of Archaeological Sciences: 281-292. Chichester: Wiley and Sons Ltd

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