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Department of Archaeology staff

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Professor Martin Bell

Professor in Archaeological Science

+ 44 (0)118 378 7724

Dr Alanna Cant  Lecturer in Social Anthropology

Ms Amanda Clarke

Director of Archaeology Field School

+ 44 (0)118 378 6255

Dr John Creighton

Associate Professor in Archaeology

+ 44 (0)118 378 7364

Professor Hella Eckardt 

Professor in Archaeology/ Head of Department of Archaeology 

+ 44 (0)118 378 6266

Dr Ceri Falys  Teaching Fellow in Human Osteology

Professor Michael Fulford

Professor in Archaeology

+ 44 (0)118 378 8048

Professor Duncan Garrow

Professor in Later Prehistoric Archaeology

+44 (0) 118 378 6458

Professor Roberta Gilchrist

 Professor in Archaeology/ Research Dean

+ 44 (0)118 378 6381

Dr Robert Hosfield

Associate Professor in Palaeolithic Archaeology

+ 44 (0)118 378 7632

Professor Mary Lewis

Professor in Bioarchaeology

+ 44 (0)118 378 8927

Professor Roger Matthews

Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology

+ 44 (0)118 378 7564

Dr Wendy Matthews

Associate Professor in Archaeology

+ 44 (0)118 378 6788

Professor Steven Mithen

Professor in Archaeology

+ 44 (0)118 378 6442

Dr Gundula Mueldner

Associate Professor in Bioarchaeology

+ 44 (0)118 378 7389

Dr Aleks Pluskowski

Associate Professor in Medieval Archaeology

+ 44 (0)118 378 5267

Dr Andrew Souter  Teaching Fellow  + 44 (0)118 378 7364

Dr Gabor Thomas

Associate Professor in Early Medieval Archaeology

+ 44 (0)118 378 5449

Research and enterprise staff





Dr Rowena Banerjea


+ 44 (0)118 378 7877

Dr Robert Batchelor

QUEST Director

+44 (0) 118 378 8941

Dr Sasa Caval

Marie Curie Researcher

+44 (0)118 378 6197


Mrs Jenni Eaton

Research Assistant

+44 (0)118 378 6762

Ms Elaine Jamieson

Research Assistant

Dr Nathalie Marini

QUEST Project Manager

+44 (0)118 378 8945

Dr Darko Maricevic Islay Heritage Director of Archaeology

Mr Nick Pankhurst

Research Assistant

+ 44 (0)118 378 7316

Dr Amy Richardson Senior Research Fellow +44 (0)118 378 8747

Dr Sam Walsh

Research Assistant in Human Osteoarchaeology

Dr Philippa Walton Post-Doctoral Research Assistant on Piercebridge project 

Mr Dan Wheeler

Research Assistant

+ 44 (0)118 378 7316

Kevin Williams


+44 (0) 118 378 8945

Daniel Young

QUEST Project Manager

+44 (0)118 378 7978

Postgraduate Research Students




Judith Arnett

Age estimation and secular change: Developing criteria to aid in the identification of the child victims of Colombia's internal armed conflict. 

Jennifer Austen

Cribra orbitalia, Cribra Humeralis and Cribra Femoralis: understanding their aetiology.
Lisa Backhouse Changing Social Relations and the Making of an Early Medieval Kingdom: People and Pottery in Anglo-Saxon Kent AD 450-850.

Lindsay Banfield

Making flour the German way: imported lava quern stones in Roman Britain.

Alborz Bathaei Bozchelouei

Sustainable construction: Enhancing strength, durability and sustainability of earth construction through interdisciplinary analysis of historic buildings and biomimicry.
Matthew Bosomworth Early to Mid Holocene climate and its impact on the development of the Neolithic in Iraq and Iran.
Florencia Botta Was childhood health declining in the period leading to the Black Death?
Lydia Bowler A critical evaluation of the influence of environmental and geological factors on the Late Bronze Age collapse in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Li-Chi Chiang

Taiwanese shouldered axe - its function, usage and chronology.
Donna de Groene Animal ecology and management during the transition from mobile hunting-gathering to sedentary agriculture in the Eastern Fertile Crescent.
Sarah Downum Visual Culture and 'decoration' in Iron Age Britain: seeing beyond metal.
Kate Dudgeon Archival approaches to environment and lifeways: investigating plant-use at Neolithic Abu Hureyra, Syria, 8800 - 6000 cal. BC

Jessie Feito

Detecting Regional Variation in the Roman Diet. 
Paul Flintoft Archaeological Palaeoenvironmental Archives: challenges and potential

John Ford

Ringing the changes: the social significance of finger-rings in Roman Britain. 

Lee Grana Nicolaou

An interdisciplinary approach to study of Roman fishing industry.
Alessandro Guaggenti Multi-scalar Analysis of Early Built Environments in the Eastern Fertile Crescent.
Josie Handley Testing the resilience of agricultural systems to human activities and climate change in the Peruvian Andes.
Matthew Jacobson Climate change and socio-economic transformations in the Late Antiquity of the Middle East.

Elaine Jamieson

Memory, Mobility and the Perception of Place: a view of elite landscapes in Medieval England. 

Sarah Jones

The impact of climate variability on Bronze Age and Iron Age societies in the Middle East. 
Alesia Koush Human rights implications of illicit trafficking in archaeological heritage: the case study of Iraq.
Scott Midgley Trace-element incorporation into stalagmite calcite as a paleo-volcanic record: a chemical perspective.

Sophia Mills

Ageing and the Aged: The Social and Physical Implications of Senescence AD 900 - 1550.
Thomas Mills 'Be Thou Dead to the World, but Alive Unto God': Defining the Diagnosis and Evolution of Leprosy Using the Evidence of Child and Adult Skeletal Remains.
Andrea Mobbs Transitions to adulthood in Anglo Saxon England, 5th - 10th century AD: an osteological and stable isotopic investigation into the timing of puberty and the impact of dietary stress.

Sam Nicholson

Going global: Palaeoclimate of Arabia and Human Evolution. 
 Murat Ozturan Differences in Flaking Technologies and Volume Management in Large Cutting Tools and Core & Flake Assemblages in Britain and North-West Europe in MIS 11 and 9.
Maria Rabbani Investigating human-environmental relationships in the Zagros region during the Late Glacial, and Early to Mid-Holocene period.
Mubariz Rabbani Ancient Beads: Investigating Trade, Technology, Adornment and Identity at Barikot (~4th Century - ~3rd Century AD).
Andrew Reynolds Late Bronze Age and Iron Age hoards in Wales and Marches: An investigation into patterns of selective and reflective deposition.
Arica Roberts

Gender & Religion in Early Medieval Wales: The Archaeology of Religious Transformation in Wales c. 400-1200 CE.

Rebecca Scott Fire in the Lower Palaeolithic: Absence of evidence or evidence of absence?

Charlotte Scull

Foodways of religious women in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval England. 

Elspeth St John Brooks Developing new approaches to human mobility and activity areas using geochemical patterns at British archaeological sites. 

Lise Tjellesen

Decoding forgotten acoustic knowledge of Ancient Civilizations: sacred structures, symbolism and sound - the effect on mind and body. 
Krystyna Truscoe Late Iron Age territorial oppida in Southern Britain: a reinterpretation using new data collected from aerial photographs and lidar.
Adam Turner  Mesolithic Artefacts and Use Wear in Wetlands.

Katy Whitaker

The role of sarsen stone in southern Britain. An archaeological and ethno-historical approach to an ancient industry.

Beatrice Widell

A Crimson Horizon - The Religious Landscapes of Warfare in Northern Britain, c.1050-1500.

 Deborah Young  Material culture deposition at Early Neolithic burial monuments: understanding the earliest grave goods in Britain.

Emeritus, Honorary and Visiting Staff




Professor John Allen

Emeritus Professor

Professor Grenville Astill Emeritus Professor

Professor Richard Bradley

Emeritus Professor

Professor Bob Chapman

Emeritus Professor

Professor Clive McCann Emeritus Professor  

Professor Bill Finlayson 

Visiting Professor
Dr Catherine Barnett Senior Visiting Research Fellow  
Dr Alex Smith Senior Visiting Research Fellow  

Dr Alex Brown

Visiting Research Fellow

Dr Matt Canti

Visiting Research Fellow

Dr Sam Cook

Visiting Research Fellow

Dr Petra Dark

Visiting Research Fellow

Professor Dominik Fleitmann Professor of Palaeoclimate and Archaeology
Dr Pascal Flohr Visiting Research Fellow  

Dr Jennifer Foster

Visiting Research Fellow

Dr Delphine Fremondeau Visiting Research Fellow   
Dr Aroa Garcia-Suarez Visiting Research Fellow  

Dr Chris Green

Visiting Research Fellow/QUEST

Dr Heinrich Härke

Visiting Research Fellow

Dr Kevin Hayward Visiting Research Fellow

Mr Neil Holbrook

Visiting Research Fellow

Professor Michael Lewis Visiting Professor
Dr Lisa Lodwick Visiting Research Fellow  

Dr Louise Loe

Visiting Research Fellow

 Dr Sara Machin  Visiting Research Fellow

Dr David Mudd

Visiting Research Fellow

Dr Anne Pirie

Visiting Research Fellow

Dr Marta Portillo Ramirez Visiting Research Fellow  

Dr Barney Sloane

Visiting Research Fellow

Dr Tom Walker

Visiting Research Fellow

Dr Phillipa Walton

Visiting Research Fellow

Dr Peter Warry

Visiting Research Fellow


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