Roxanne Guildford (BA MSc FSAScot)

Thesis title: Beyond Counting Sheep: an review of data analysis in zooarchaeology


Roxanne Guildford is a PhD Candidate in Archaeology and Research Affiliate for the Centre for Data, Culture & Society. Her current research focuses on an assessment of common statistical and computational methods for zooarchaeological analysis, using previously published faunal assemblages from Medieval Britain. She graduated from the University of Southern Maine suma cum laude with a BA in Geography-Anthropology, a minor in Archaeology, and Applied GIS certificate. She continued as a US-UK Fulbright Postgraduate Alumni at the University of Exeter, where she completed her MSc in Bioarchaeology (Zooarchaeology) with Distinction, and is currently a recipient of the Principal's Career Development Scholarship at the University of Edinburgh. During her academic career, Roxanne developed an interdisciplinary background in a wide array of topics, including geo-spatial analysis, environmental archaeology, public archaeology, exploratory data analysis, and digital research services. She is  particularly interested in understanding how archaeologists engage with data, and with technology-based digital learning.


Naturalistic and Scientific Illustration, Certification. Transmitting Science, 2020.

Developing Your Data Skills (Level 3 – Advanced), Certification. University of Edinburgh, 2020.

Master Advanced Excel Data & Analytics Skills, LinkedIn Certification, 2020.

Applied Geographic Information Systems, Certification. University of Southern Maine, 2015.

State of New Hampshire Archaeology Bureau. State Conservation and Rescue Archaeology (SCRAP) Survey Technician I, Certification, 2015.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 2020

University of Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture & Society, 2020

European Association of Archaeologists, 2019

University and College Union, 2019

Computer Applications & Quantitative Methods in Archaeology UK, 2018

International Council for Archaeozoology, 2018

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, 2017

Society for American Archaeology, 2014


Undergraduate teaching

Practical Lab Demonstrator: The Archaeology of Animal Remains; GIS and Spatial Analysis for Archaeologists

Guest Lecturer: The Archaeology of Animal Remains

Writing Centre Tutor for the School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Postgraduate teaching

Practical Lab Demonstrator: The Archaeology of Animal Remains; GIS and Spatial Analysis for Archaeologists; Quantitative Methods and Reasoning in Archaeology

Guest Lecturer: The Archaeology of Animal Remains

Teaching Assistant: Edinburgh Futures Institute

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Affiliated research centres

Project activity

"Introduction to Digital Research Services for the School of History, Classics and Archaeology." Online, self-paced tutorial for University of Edinburgh HCA on key digital resources and research support relevant to the School's research needs. Completed: September, 2020.

"EFI KIPP Resource." Online, self-paced tutorial for the Edinburgh Futures Institute on research methods, resources and support for for the postgraduate Knowledge Integration and Project Planning course. . Completed: August, 2023.

Past project grants

Principal's Career Development Scholarship, Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship: University of Edinburgh, UK/EU tuition waiver and £14,500 stipend, 2017-2020 (extended £7,250 for school year 2020/2021).
Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship: University of Edinburgh, covering the difference of non-UK/EU student tuition, 2017-2020.
CIfA2021 Annual Conference bursary: Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, cost of attendance, 2021.
CDCS Training Bursary Award: University of Edinburgh, £350, 2020.
Conference Student Support Fund: University of Edinburgh, £250, 2020.
PhD Student Travel Grant: International Open Workshop, €250, 2019.
Conference Student Support Fund: University of Edinburgh, £500, 2018.
13th ICAZ International Conference Fee Waiver: International Council for Archaeozoology, cost of attendance, 2018.
Go Abroad Fund: University of Edinburgh, £300, 2018.
US-UK Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar: University of Exeter, £12,000, 2016-2017.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Research Grant: University of Southern Maine, $3,000.
Phi Kappa Phi, Chapter 173 Scholarship: University of Maine, $500, 2014.

Invited speaker

  • LAMPS Autumn Seminar Series, 2018


  • 8th Annual Flint Knapp-In, University of Southern Maine, 2013
  • Association for Environmental Archaeology Autumn Conference, 2017


  • Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods UK Annual Meeting, 2018

  • EAA2020 Annual Meeting, 2020

  • Society of Antiquaries of Scotland Anniversary Meeting and AGM, 2020

  • CIfA2021 Annual Conference , 2021

  • UK Archaeology Sciences Conference, 2022

  • Edinburgh Lothians and Boarders Archaeology Conference, 2023

  • Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods UK Annual Meeting, 2023

Papers delivered

  • University of Southern Maine Thinking Matters Symposium, 2013

  • University of Southern Maine Thinking Matters Symposium, 2015

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities Symposium, 2015

  • Conference on New England Archaeology, 2015

  • The Maine Archaeological Society Spring Meeting, 2016

  • Dealing with Data, 2018

  • International Council for Archaeozoology International Conference, 2018 (poster)

  • International Open Workshop - Socio-Environmental Dynamics over the Last 15,000 Years: The Creation of Landscapes VI, 2019

  • Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting, 2019 

Digital Research Services Ambassador - CAHSS, 2020:

PhD KIPP Resource Intern - Edinburgh Futures Institute, 2023:


2020       Cootes, K., R. Carlin, J. Axworthy, M. Thomas, R. Guildford, and D. Jordan. Tales of the unexpected: Uncovering and illuminating Iron Age settlement at Poulton. Current Archaeology, 366, 18-25.

2020       Guildford, R. The Animals Of Poulton: Zooarchaeological Analysis of a North West Romano-British Settlement, [dataset]. University of Edinburgh.