Lara Gonzalez Carretero


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Lara is an Archaeobotanist with extensive experience in environmental archaeology and the analysis and study of archaeological plant remains from both urban and rural sites in different areas of the world. She is responsible for the assessment, identification and interpretation of a wide range of charred, waterlogged and mineralised botanical remains from evaluations and excavation.

Lara prepares archaeobotany reports to publication standard and carries out species identification of timbers and wooden artefacts. She has worked in major multi-period sites in Europe, Near East and Britain, as well as on large projects like the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme (as MOLA Headland Infrastructure). She is thus familiar with the wide range of plant materials which are often preserved on rural and urban sites.

Before joining MOLA in 2018, Lara worked as Archaeobotany Research Assistant for UCL Institute of Archaeology where she also completed her PhD in the analysis of archaeological plant-based food. Lara also completed her MSc Environmental Archaeology at University of Reading in 2011 and is a member of the Association for Environmental Archaeology since 2013.

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Our team of Specialists comprises internationally acclaimed experts in a range of topics, from osteoarchaeology, environmental archaeology and archaeological conservation to period- and type-specific finds specialisms. They not only ensure all the material we excavate is expertly analysed and published, they also undertake pioneering research.

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