Rachel Brody





My research investigates the role of plants and animals in people's lives in early medieval Ireland and Britain and how the multitudes of complex human/non-human relationships shaped the ways health, sanitation, and disease were understood. I am interested in medieval medical manuscripts, hagiographies, and law codes and how these textual sources can be used with archaeological and environmental evidence to present a world of intersection between humans and non-humans.

Prior to coming to Boston college, I worked as an archaeological field technician in Philadelphia, where I gained experience in surveying and excavating historic and prehistoric sites. I have excavated on sites within the Northeastern United States and abroad in Europe and the Middle East. Since 2015, I have supervised excavations for the Castles and Communities research project and field school, in County Roscommon, Ireland.