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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

Staff Research Areas

NameResearch Interests
Professor Ian Bailiff
  • Luminescence techniques for the dating of ceramics and sediments, measurement techniques, instrumentation development and retrospective dosimetry techniques.
  • Application to the dating of archaeological contexts from the Palaeolithic to the Late Medieval, e.g., unheated sediments and lithics, masonry and ceramic buildings materials, irrigation features, and more generally the elucidation of site formation proce
  • The development of new techniques for the deployment of dosimetry in radiological emergencies.
Dr Karis Baker -
Dr Mary Brooks
  • Cultural significance of heritage and museums, conservation and conservation’s contribution to the making of meaning
  • Educational methodologies for teaching and learning in professional education in heritage and conservation sectors
  • Material Things: Early Modern English Embroidery as Art, Social Practice and Material Culture
  • Material Things: Innovation, Fibres and War: the Agency of Regenerated Protein Fibres
  • Sacred material culture, especially vestments and ecclesiastical textiles
Dr Anwen Caffell
  • Human bioarchaeology
  • The health of past populations from all time periods
  • The impact of industrialisation and urbanisation on health in the post-medieval period
Professor Mike Church
  • Environmental archaeology of the North Atlantic islands including the Western Isles of Scotland, Faroes, Iceland and Greenland
  • Geochronological applications, specifically radiocarbon dating and tephrochronology, in the North Atlantic islands
  • Geomorphology and palaeolimnology in relation to the human / environment interaction in the North Atlantic islands
  • Mineral magnetic applications on archaeological and palaeoenvironmental sites
  • Archaeobotany of Scotland and the North Atlantic islands
  • Experimental archaeobotany
UNESCO Professor Robin Coningham
  • Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage
  • Archaeological visibility of Buddhism
  • Caste and the development of craft specialisation
  • Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea Trade
  • International cultural resource management
  • Later Prehistory and Early Historic archaeology of Southern Asia (from Iran to Myanmar)
  • Politics, identity and archaeology
  • Urbanisation
Dr Marta Diaz-Guardamino
  • Late prehistoric archaeology in western Europe (Neolithic to early Iron Age)
  • Archaeologies of mobility (people, animals, things, knowledge)
  • Biographical approaches to landscape, monuments, and material culture
  • Prehistoric art in Europe
  • Archaeological visualization (digital imaging, archaeological representation)
Dr Catherine M. Draycott
  • Art under the Achaemenid Empire
  • Food and drink economy in Iron Age/Achaemenid/Classical Anatolia, or Achaemenid Empire
  • Iconographic programmes of fourth century Lycian tombs (requires German)
  • Iconographic programmes of Thracian painted tombs
  • Drinking culture in Anatolia
  • Hellenistic and Roman Lycia (requires German)
  • Archaic and fifth century BC Crete
  • The Eastern Mediterranean Basin’s connectivity in the Classical period
Dr Eva Fernandez-Dominguez
  • Human population genetics (ancient DNA and modern DNA): genetic diversity, migration, kinship
  • Animal population genetics (ancient DNA and modern DNA): genetic diversity, migration Technical developments for ancient and forensic DNA work (sampling, extraction, genotyping)
Professor Chris Gerrard
  • Archaeological resource management
  • Common rights and resources
  • Historic earthen architecture
  • Historic irrigation and water
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Medieval artefacts
  • Medieval disasters and responses
  • Medieval rural settlement
  • Templars and Hospitallers
  • The western Atlantic seaboard in the Middle Ages
Professor Rebecca Gowland
  • Care and disability in the past
  • Childhood health in the past and present
  • Health and demography in the Roman world
  • Human identification in forensic contexts
  • Human identification in forensic contexts
  • Skeletal ageing and age as an aspect of social identity
  • The history of malaria in England
  • The infant/mother nexus in anthropology and archaeology
  • The inter-relationship between the physical body and social identity
Dr Pam Graves
  • Archaeology of the body
  • Dunbar Scottish Soldiers Project
  • Iconoclasm
  • medieval and post-medieval urban and religious archaeology
  • north-east England, Scotland and North Sea rim in the medieval and post-medieval periods
  • religious and urban identities
  • religious architecture
  • window glass
Professor Richard Hingley
  • The archaeology of Roman and Iron Age Britain and Spain
  • Heritage, theory and historiography
Dr Tina Jakob
  • Human bioarchaeology
  • Palaeopathaology, focussing on population-based studies of health and disease
  • Osteological techniques
Dr Derek Kennet
  • Arabian archaeology
  • archaeology of trade and economy
  • early historic South Asia
  • Indian Ocean archaeology
  • Islamic archaeology
  • medieval India
  • Sasanian archaeology
Dr Dan Lawrence
  • Archaeology of the Ancient Near East
  • GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Long term human-environment interaction
  • Urbanisation and the emergence of complex societies
Professor Anna Leone
  • Archaeology in North Africa
  • Late Antique urbanism in North Africa and the near East
  • Roman and Byzantine pottery
  • Roman Economy
  • Roman, Byzantine Sicily
  • Topography of Rome
Dr Karen Milek
  • Geoarchaeology, including soil survey, archaeological soil micromorphology, geochemistry, magnetic techniques, and lipid biomarkers
  • Early medieval period, especially the Viking Age, in: Scandinavia, the North Atlantic Region, NW Siberia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Isle of Man
  • 19th and early 20th century in: Scotland, the North Atlantic Region, and Canada
  • Excavation and environmental sampling methods
  • Ground-truthing of remote sensing anomalies, including multi-spectral satellite imagery
  • Microrefuse analysis
  • Space syntax analysis in archaeology
  • Human-environment-animal interactions
  • Social archaeology of houses, farmsteads, and transhumant/nomadic pastoralist sites
  • Migrations and invasions and relationships between incomers and indigenous peoples
  • Impacts of culture contact on material culture, especially residential architecture and objects used in everyday life
  • Ethnoarchaeology and ethno-historic archaeology, especially to help develop new methodologies for the interpretation of activity areas
  • Experimental archaeology
Dr Andrew R Millard
  • Bayesian statistical methods in archaeology, including dating, isotope analysis and predictive modelling
  • Developing new approaches to Bayesian chronology building for application to any dating methods
  • Statistics in human osteology, including age estimation
  • Chemical and biochemical methods in archaeology
  • Elemental and isotopic analysis of bones and teeth to investigate diet and migration, including weaning
  • Bone diagenesis
  • Chronology of hominid evolution
Professor Janet Montgomery
  • Isotopic and trace element studies of diet and residential mobility in modern and archaeological humans and animals
  • Fundamental and developmental aspects of isotope and trace element systems in bone, teeth and the environment
Dr Tom Moore
  • Approaches to heritage and cultural landscape management
  • Iron Age Britain and France
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Late Iron Age/Roman transition
  • Oppida and the Late Iron Age in Europe
  • Social systems and social networks
Professor Paul Pettitt
  • Archaeology of the European Middle and Upper Palaeolithic
  • Evolutionary thanatology and early evolution of human mortuary activity
  • Middle and Upper Palaeolithic Britain
  • Neanderthal extinction and the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic Transition
  • Palaeolithic chronometry
  • The origins and early evolution of human visual culture; Palaeolithic art
Dr David Petts
  • early medieval Britain, particularly northern England and Scotland
  • early medieval Christianity
  • early medieval to contemporary maritime cultural landscape
  • post-medieval religion, ritual and belief
  • 20th century archaeology
Professor Graham Philip
  • Archaeology of the Ancient Middle East (Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Cyprus, Israel, Palestinian territories) from the Neolithic to the Iron Age
  • Artefact studies, especially ceramics and metalwork
  • Landscape archaeology, including settlement studies and remote sensing
  • Funerary archaeology
Dr Benjamin Roberts
  • Neolithic, Bronze Age and Early Iron Age archaeology of Britain and western Europe
  • Origins and early development of metal
  • Cultural connections from the spanning Europe, North Africa and Asia c. 5000–500 BC
  • Archaeology, Museums and Popular Communication
Professor Charlotte Roberts
  • contextual approaches to past human health (palaeopathology)
  • ethics and human remains
  • contemporary health
  • evolutionary approaches to the origin and history of infectious diseases
  • big data projects in palaeopathology
Professor Peter Rowley-Conwy
  • earlier 19th century Scandinavian archaeology
  • Eurasian mammal bones, especially pigs, and agricultural plants from archaeological sites
  • hunter-gatherers, origins of agriculture, early agriculture
Professor Chris Scarre
  • Neolithic of Atlantic Europe
  • Prehistoric monuments
  • Development of world prehistory
  • Island societies in Atlantic Europe
Professor Sarah Semple
  • Religion, belief and popular practices in pre-Christian and Conversion Period Europe
  • The archaeology of governance and power in North West Europe
  • Death and burial in early medieval Britain
  • Church archaeology and monasticism
  • Anglo-Saxon Sculpture
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to early medieval research
  • Historiography of Anglo-Saxon Studies
  • Material culture, memory and commemoration
  • Landscape archaeology
Professor Robin Skeates
  • archaeological collecting
  • archaeological theory
  • artefact studies
  • cave archaeology
  • cultural representation
  • ethics
  • heritage studies
  • material culture studies
  • museum studies
  • politics of the past
  • prehistoric art
  • prehistory of the central Mediterranean
  • public archaeology
  • sensual culture studies
  • visual culture
Professor Mark White
  • History of Palaeolithic Archaeology
  • Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Britain & Europe
  • Palaeolithic Stone Tools
  • Quaternary studies
Dr Emily Williams -
Dr Penny Wilson
  • Egyptian settlement archaeology, especially in the Delta region
  • Material culture, pottery and artefact studies
  • Egyptian Late Period to Late Antique history and archaeology
  • Egyptian Religious practice and hieroglyphic texts
Dr Robert Witcher
  • Ancient Mediterranean agriculture
  • Ancient globalisations
  • Archaeology of pre-Roman and Roman Italy
  • Archaeology in historical fiction
  • Archaeological computing
  • Archaeological publishing
  • Cultural heritage
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Landscape archaeology - field survey, methods and theories
  • Mediterranean archaeology
  • Modelling techniques
  • Roman economy
  • Roman frontiers, especially Hadrian’s Wall
  • Roman rural settlement
  • Roman urbanism
  • Theoretical archaeology, especially experiential and interpretive