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Staff Research Interests

Our department consists of many staff with a wide range of research interests. If you're interested in applying for a research degree and want to ensure that you would be able to pursue your interests with the support of world-leading supervision, you can find the details of potential supervisors here.

Name Research Interests
Dr Kamal Badreshany
  • Ceramic Analysis, Ceramic Petrography, and the Application of Materials Science in Archaeology
  • Archaeological Science
  • Human Interaction and Environmental Impact on Ancient Landscapes
  • The Social and Economic Development of Early States
  • Prehistoric Levant
  • 3-D Digital Imaging and Printing
Dr Mary Brooks
  • Cultural significance of heritage and museums, conservation and conservation’s contribution to the making of meaning
  • 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
  • Educational methodologies for teaching and learning in professional education in heritage and conservation sectors
  • Sacred material culture, especially vestments and ecclesiastical textiles
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
  • Mineral magnetic applications on archaeological and palaeoenvironmental sites
  • Geomorphology and palaeolimnology in relation to the human / environment interaction in the North Atlantic islands
  • Archaeobotany of Scotland and the North Atlantic islands
  • Experimental archaeobotany
UNESCO Professor Robin Coningham
  • Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage
  • Later Prehistory and Early Historic archaeology of Southern Asia (from Iran to Myanmar)
  • Urbanisation
  • Archaeological visibility of Buddhism
  • Caste and the development of craft specialisation
  • Politics, identity and archaeology
  • International cultural resource management
  • UNESCO and World Heritage
  • Post-disaster archaeology
  • Post-conflict archaeology
  • Sustainable pilgrimage
  • Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea Trade
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)
Dr Qian Gao
  • The inter-relationships between the understanding, use, conservation and management of heritage and museums.
  • The dynamics between “Eastern” and “Western” heritage expertise in international cooperation.
  • The integration between “humanistic” and “scientific” approaches in heritage and museum studies.
  • Social value and authenticity in heritage.
  • Cultural heritage for inclusive growth in China and beyond.
  • Community participation in heritage and museums.
  • UNESCO World Heritage.
  • Heritage tourism.
  • Rock art and rock carvings in southwest China.
Dr Daniel Gaudio
  • Skeletal Trauma Analysis
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Palaeopathology
  • Taphonomy
Professor Chris Gerrard
  • Common rights and resources
  • Historic earthen architecture
  • The western Atlantic seaboard in the Middle Ages
  • Medieval disasters and responses
  • Historic irrigation and water
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Medieval artefacts
  • Archaeological resource management
  • Templars and Hospitallers
  • Medieval rural settlement
Dr Rui Gomes Coelho
  • Historical archaeology
  • Archaeology of the contemporary past
  • Colonialism
  • Decolonisation
  • Conflict archaeology
  • Slavery and forced labour
  • Plantationocene
  • African diaspora
  • Politics of heritage
  • Critical heritage studies
  • Sensorial archaeology
  • Decolonial practices
  • Visual culture
  • Community archaeology
Professor Rebecca Gowland
  • Health and demography in the Roman world
  • The inter-relationship between the physical body and social identity
  • Skeletal ageing and age as an aspect of social identity
  • Care and disability in the past
  • The infant/mother nexus in anthropology and archaeology
  • Childhood health in the past and present
  • Human identification in forensic contexts
  • The history of malaria in England
Dr Pam Graves
  • Dunbar Scottish Soldiers Project
  • Medieval and post-medieval urban and religious archaeology
  • Religious architecture
  • Religious and urban identities
  • Window glass
  • North-east England, Scotland and North Sea rim in the medieval and post-medieval periods
  • Iconoclasm
  • Archaeology of the body
Dr Derek Kennet
  • Islamic archaeology
  • Arabian archaeology
  • Sasanian archaeology
  • Archaeology of Trade and Economy
  • Early Historic South Asia
  • Indian Ocean Trade
  • Chinese Trade Ceramics
  • Medieval South Asia
Dr Dan Lawrence
  • Archaeology of the Ancient Near East
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Urbanisation and the emergence of complex societies
  • Long term human-environment interaction
Professor Anna Leone
  • Roman and Byzantine pottery
  • Topography of Rome
  • Archaeology in North Africa
  • Roman, Byzantine Sicily
  • Roman Economy
  • Late Antique urbanism in North Africa and the near East
Professor 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
Professor Paul Pettitt
  • Archaeology of the European Middle and Upper Palaeolithic
  • The origins and early evolution of human visual culture; Palaeolithic art
  • Evolutionary thanatology and early evolution of human mortuary activity
  • Palaeolithic chronometry
  • Neanderthal extinction and the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic Transition
  • Middle and Upper Palaeolithic Britain
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 Max Price
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Political Economy
  • Animal Domestication
  • Complex Societies
  • Ancient Near East
  • Human-Animal Relations
Dr Benjamin Roberts
  • Neolithic, Bronze Age and Early Iron Age archaeology of Britain and western Europe
  • Origins and early development of metal
  • Cultural connections spanning Europe, North Africa and Asia c. 5000–500 BC
  • Archaeology, Museums and Popular Communication
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
  • Material culture, memory and commemoration
  • Landscape archaeology
Professor Robin Skeates
  • Cave archaeology
  • Archaeological theory
  • Prehistory of the central Mediterranean
  • Material culture studies
  • Artefact studies
  • Visual culture
  • Prehistoric art
  • Museum studies
  • Archaeological collecting
  • Heritage studies
  • Public archaeology
  • Ethics
  • Cultural representation
  • Politics of the past
  • Sensual culture studies
Professor Mark White
  • Quaternary studies
  • Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Britain & Europe
  • History of Palaeolithic Archaeology
  • Palaeolithic Stone Tools
Dr Emily Williams
  • The conservation of waterlogged organics
  • The impacts of portable fire extinguishers on cultural heritage
  • African American tombstones and cemeteries
  • Tombstone carving and production
  • Deterioration processes in archaeological materials
  • Disaster response and preparedness
  • Collections management
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
Dr Ran Zhang
  • Social and economic development of the historical period of China 
  • Maritime activities in Medieval Eurasia 
  • Analysis methodologies, ceramic chronology, and the application of quantitative methods in archaeology
  • Chinese archaeology 
  • Value studies in archaeology
  • Visual culture, fine arts, and art appreciation (ceramics)
  • Museum artefact studies