School of Archaeology and Ancient History

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Academic Staff


Research and PhD Supervision AreasEmail

Lin Foxhall MBE

Head of School
Professor of Greek Archaeology and History

Gender in Classical Antiquity; Ancient Greek Legal History; The Ancient Economy and Olive production

Penelope Allison

Reader in Archaeology and Ancient History

Household archaeology (Roman and historical); Pompeii; Roman art and archaeology; consumption approaches to Roman artefacts; space and gender; digital archaeology

Jo Appleby

Lecturer in Human Bioarchaeology

Human osteology; Funerary archaeology; Bronze Age Britain and Europe; Archaeology of the body

Huw Barton

Reader in Bioarchaeology

Ancient starch analysis; organic residue analysis; microwear; Technological analysis of stone and organic tools; Southeast Asian archaeology; Australian archaeology; Hunter-gatherer archaeology and ethnography.

Neil Christie

Reader in Archaeology

Late Roman archaeology; Early medieval and medieval archaeology; Urbanism; Defence; Late Roman and early medieval Christianity

Craig Cipolla

Lecturer in Archaeology

Historical archaeology (post 1500); Colonial North America; Comparative colonialism; cemetery studies; Social archaeology

David Edwards

Lecturer in Archaeology

Sudanese/Nubian archaeology; Sudanic Africa/ trans-Saharan medieval - historical archaeology; Landscape archaeology; Mortuary archaeologies

Mark Gillings

Reader in Archaeology

Landscape Archaeology; experiential landscape theory; GIS in Archaeology; Critical historiographies of the Antiquarian tradition

Mary Harlow

Senior Lecturer in Ancient History

Roman dress and textiles; Roman age and ageing (childhood, youth, adulthood, old age); Roman Family; Gender and the body

Oliver Harris

Lecturer in Archaeology

Neolithic Britain; archaeological theory; archaeology of the body; prehistoric communities; emotion and affect in archaeology

Colin Haselgrove FBA

Professor of Archaeology

Iron Age Britain and Europe; early coinage; Iron Age/Roman transition; later prehistoric settlement and landscape; Iron Age and Roman material culture and deposition

Jan Haywood

Teaching Fellow in Ancient History

Ancient Greek historiography; Homeric and Herodotean reception; intellectual culture in fifth-century Greece; religion and belief in Antiquity; narrative theory

Terry Hopkinson

Lecturer in Archaeology

Lower-Middle Palaeolithic transition; Hominin population dynamics, knowledge transmission; lithic technology; Neanderthals and modernity; Nature, culture and disciplinary history in human evolution

Simon James

Professor of Archaeology

Archaeology of conflict; violence and military institutions; 'the Roman Army'; Rome and its neighbours; visual representation of the past

Turi King

Lecturer in Genetics and Archaeology

Furthering interdisciplinary research combining the field of genetics with history, archaeology, anthropology, forensics and epidemiology.

Naoíse Mac Sweeney

Lecturer in Greek and Near Eastern History

Greece and the Near East; Ancient Greek historiography and foundation myths; Late Bronze Age to Classical Anatolia; eastern Mediterranean politics and cultural heritage

Lydia Matthews

Teaching Fellow in Ancient History

Roma imperial history; history of gender, sexuality and the body

David Mattingly FBA

Professor of Roman Archaeology

Roman Britain & Africa; Roman economy; Roman imperialism & identity; Roman landscapes; Saharan archaeology

Andrew Merrills

Senior Lecturer in Ancient History

Late Antique North Africa; the successor kingdoms of the west; classical geographical writing

Deirdre O'Sullivan

Lecturer in Archaeology

Medieval archaeology and material culture, especially monasticism; urban archaeology; archaeological heritage, interpretation and presentation of the past

Sarah Scott

Senior Lecturer in Archaeology

Roman provincial art; villas and mosaics; Archaeological approaches to art; the antiquities market; history of archaeological publishing

Graham Shipley

Professor of Ancient History

Greek geographers; Hellenistic societies and economies,; field survey data; late classical and hellenistic states and of Greece and the Aegean Macedonian and Roman rule in Greece; Hellenistic material culture and society

Dan Stewart

Lecturer in Ancient History

Hellenistic and Roman Greece; Urban and Rural Landscapes; The intersection of Text and Material Culture; The Greek East

Sarah Tarlow

Professor of Historical Archaeology

Archaeology 1500-1900; Historical archaeology of northern Europe; Archaeological ethics; Archaeology of death and burial

Jeremy Taylor

Lecturer in Archaeology

Archaeology later prehistoric and Roman landscapes; archaeology of the Western Roman provinces; theory and method in landscape research

Richard Thomas

Senior Lecturer in Archaeology

Zooarchaeology; Past human-animal relationships; Animal palaeopathology; Agricultural economy; Food as material culture

Marijke van der Veen

Professor of Archaeology

Ancient agriculture; Agricultural strategies; Identification of food; Food as material culture; Human-plant relationships; Archaeobotany; Environmental Archaeology

Ian Whitbread

Lecturer in Archaeology

Ceramic petrology; Ancient and traditional pottery production and technologies; Trade and exchange in the ancient world; Exploitation of geological materials; Aegean prehistory

Ruth Young

Senior Lecturer in Archaeology

Archaeology of South Asia and Iran, particularly Historical periods; Ideology and material culture; Ethnoarchaeology; Transhumance


Research Fellows and Associates

Morn Capper Research Associate 'Impact of Diasporas' Anglo-Saxon Archaeology and History
Adrian Chadwick Research Associate Deposition of Metalwork in the Roman World Project
Jasper Chalcraft Project manager 'Cultural Heritage and Peacebuilding'
Aurelie Cuenod

Research Associate
Trans Sahara

Metallurgy and Metal Trade
Duckworth Chloe Research Associate 'Trans-Sahara'
Corisande Fenwick Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Tyr Fothergill Postdoctoral Research Fellow Cultural and Scientific Perceptions of Human-Chicken Interactions
Victoria Leitch Postdoctoral Fellow 'Trans-Sahara' Mediterranean Archaeology; material culture
Shane McCorristine Postdoctoral Fellow 'Criminal Bodies'
Adam Rogers Roman Urbanism and NW provinces
Martin Sterry Postdoctoral Fellow 'Trans-Sahara' Remote sensing, desert landscapes

Leo Webley Research Associate, 'Tracing Networks' European Later Prehistory

Emeritus Professors

Marilyn Palmer Emeritus Professor of Industrial Archaeology Industrial Archaeology
Clive Ruggles Emeritus Professor of Archaeoastronomy Archaeoastronomy

University Fellows and Honorary Visiting Staff

NamePositionSubjectHome Institution
Elisa Alonso Lopez Honorary Visiting Fellow Tracing Networks Project
Lara Band Honorary Research Fellow Historical Archaeology Museum of London Archaeology
Paul Beavitt Honorary Visiting Fellow Ethnoarchaeology University of Leicester

Alasdair Brooks

Honorary Visiting Fellow

Historical archaeology, ceramics Qatar Islamic Archaeology and Heritage Project, University of Copenhagen
Martin Brown Honorary Visiting Fellow Operation Nightingale Environmental Advisor, Archaeology
Jean-Pierre Brun Visiting Professor Greek and Roman technology, olive and wine production in the ancient world College De France
Duncan Campbell Honorary Visiting Fellow Ancient History University of Leicester
Jasper Chalcraft Honorary Visiting Fellow Cultural Heritage
Fran Cole Honorary Visiting Fellow Material culture, Funerary Archaeology UCL
Sarah Colley
Honorary Research Fellow
Australian arch. & heritage; digital technology; archaeozoology University of Leicester
Jago Cooper Honorary Lecturer Climate change; indigenous archaeology British Museum
Margarita Diaz-Andreu
Visiting Professor
History of Archaeology; Heritage; Identity; Rock Art ICREA - University of Barcelona
Zoe Dyndor Honorary Visiting Fellow Funerary Archaeology
Matt Edgeworth Honorary Visiting Fellow Anthropology; waterways University of Durham
Julia Farley Honorary Visiting Fellow Iron Age Europe, material culture
Andrew Fitzpatrick Visiting Professor Prehistoric ritual & burial, public archaeology
David Gaimster
Visiting Professor
Historical archaeology
The Hunterian, University of Glasgow
Matty Holmes Honorary Visiting Fellow Analysis of animal bones.  Faunal remains.  Wallingford
Alessandro Launaro Honorary Visiting Fellow Archaeology and history of Roman Italy University of Cambridge
Borja Legarra Herrero Honorary Visiting Fellow Aegean Bronze Age University of Leicester
Kevin Leahy Honorary Visiting Fellow Portable antiquities; early medieval metalwork British Museum/PAS
Peter Liddle MBE Honorary Visiting Fellow Leics. archaeology Leicester City Council
Lluis Lloveras Roca Honorary Visiting Fellow Late Pleistocene hunter-gatherer populations from teh Iberian Peninsula University of Barcelona
Roy Loveday Honorary Research Fellow Neolithic prehistory Freelance Archaeologist
Pamela Lowther Honorary Research Fellow Early historic archaeology Freelance Archaeologist
John Matthews FBA Visiting Professor
Ancient History Yale University
Benjamin Millis Honorary Visiting Fellow History and Archaeology of Corinth
Phillip Mills Honorary Research Fellow Materials and technology University of Leicester
Graham Morgan University Fellow Conservation University of Leicester
Paul Newson Honorary Research Fellow Roman Archaeology American University of Beirut
Mark Pluciennik University Fellow Landscape of Italy, Anthropology University of Leicester
Francis Pryor MBE Visiting Professor
Archaeology Freelance Archaeologist
Alessandro Quercia Honorary Visiting Fellow Mediterranean Archaeology and Material Culture Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Piemonte e del Museo Antichità Egizie
Nick Ray Honorary Visiting Fellow Roman Material Culture; Funerary Archaeology; Identity Assistant Director of the Oxford Roman Economy Project, University of Oxford
Katharina Rebay-Salisbury Honorary Visiting Fellow Bronze and Early Iron Age Central Europe Austrian Academy of Sciences
Carme Rissech Honorary Visiting Fellow Geometric Morphometrics University of Leicester
Katie Robbins Honorary Visiting Fellow Portable Antiquities British Museum
Andrea Roppa Honorary Visiting Fellow Tracing Networks project
Roderick Salisbury Honorary Visiting Fellow Prehistory Archaeology Marie Curie AIRFORS Project, Airbourne Technologies GmbH
Denis Sami Honorary Visiting Fellow University of Leicester
Wendy Scott Honorary Visiting Fellow Outreach Leicestershire County Council
Kirsty Shipton University Fellow Latin and Ancient History University of Leicester
Andrew Shortland Honorary Visiting Fellow Forensic archaeology Cranfield University
Patrick Skinner Honorary Visiting Fellow
Clive Stannard Honorary Research Fellow Numismatics
Adam Stout Honorary Visiting Fellow Independent scholar
Sara Strack Honorary Visiting Fellow Bronze and Iron Age Mediterranean.  Tracing Networks University of Leicester
Michael Tully Honorary Visiting Fellow Wolfson College
Mark van der Enden Honorary Visiting Fellow University of Leicester
Melissa Vetters Honorary Visiting Fellow Late Bronze Age to early Iron Age utilitarian pottery in Greece and Italy. Tracing Networks

Diarmaid Walshe

Ian West

Honorary Visiting Fellow

Honorary Visiting Fellow

Operation Nightingale

Industrial archaeology

Royal Army Med. Corps

University of Leicester

Stephen Young Honorary Visiting Fellow Landscape archaeology of Northamptonshire in Iron Age and Roman times

Professional Services Staff

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School Professional Services Staff

Sue Beesley Programme Administrator Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (MA) Programmes
James Buckley Administrator Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (MA) Programmes
Rachel Godfrey Research Resources Administrator Research and Postgraduate Support
Anthony Gouldwell Environmental Laboratory Technician Laboratories and Environmental Archaeology
Adam McKie Administrator Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (MA) Programmes and General Office Support
Sharon North School Manager
Selina Thraves Academic Resources Administrator Support for Distance Learning Course Content, Fieldtrip Administration
Debbie Miles Williams Archaeological Illustrator, Outreach Co-ordinator Archaeological illustration, Outreach and Careers

Distance Learning Enquiries (apart from PhD)

Introductory, Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate

Lara Callaghan Distance Learning Team Administrator, Arts and Humanities Subjects 0116 252 2903
Dan Cox Distance Learning Team Administrator 0116 252 3783
Rachael Eames Distance Learning Team Administrator 0116 252 2293
Laura Freeman Distance Learning Operations Manager


Other enquiries

Tel +44 (0)116 252 2772/2720

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The University of Leicester Archaeological Services is an independent professional unit covering all types of archaeology across the Midlands

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School of Archaeology and Ancient History,
University of Leicester, University Road,
Leicester, LE1 7RH

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