School of Archaeology and Ancient History

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Academic Staff


PositionResearch and PhD Supervision AreasEmail
Richard Thomas Acting Head of School (2015–16); Reader in Archaeology Zooarchaeology; past human–animal relationships; animal palaeopathology; agricultural economy; food as material culture
David Mattingly FBA, MAE

Head of School (from Aug. 2016); Professor of Roman Archaeology

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

Penelope Allison

Professor of Archaeology Household archaeology (Roman & historical); Pompeii; Roman art & archaeology; consumption approaches to Roman artefacts; space & gender; digital archaeology

Jo Appleby

Lecturer in Human Bioarchaeology Human osteology; funerary archaeology; Bronze Age Britain & Europe; archaeology of the body

Huw Barton

Reader in Bioarchaeology

Ancient starch analysis; organic residue analysis; microwear; technological analysis of stone & organic tools; South-East Asian archaeology; Australian archaeology; hunter-gatherer archaeology & ethnography

Neil Christie

Reader in Archaeology

Late Roman archaeology; early medieval & medieval archaeology; urbanism; defence; late Roman & early medieval Christianity

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 & textiles; Roman age & ageing (childhood, youth, adulthood, old age); Roman family; gender & the body

Oliver Harris

Senior Lecturer in Archaeology

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

Colin Haselgrove FBA

Professor of Archaeology

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

Jan Haywood

Teaching Fellow in Ancient History

Ancient Greek historiography; Homeric & Herodotean reception; intellectual culture in 5th-century BC Greece; religion & belief in antiquity; narrative theory

Terry Hopkinson

Lecturer in Archaeology

Lower–Middle Palaeolithic transition; hominin population dynamics, knowledge transmission; lithic technology; Neanderthals & modernity; nature, culture & disciplinary history in human evolution

Simon James

Professor of Archaeology

Archaeology of conflict; violence & military institutions; the Roman army; Rome & its neighbours; visual representation of the past

Turi King

Lecturer in Genetics & Archaeology

Furthering interdisciplinary research combining the field of genetics with history, archaeology, anthropology, forensics & epidemiology
Lindsay Lloyd-Smith Teaching Fellow in Archaeology Southeast Asian prehistory; mortuary archaeology; landscape archaeology

Naoíse Mac Sweeney

Senior Lecturer in Greek & Near Eastern History

Greece & the Near East; ancient Greek historiography & foundation myths; late Bronze Age to classical Anatolia; eastern Mediterranean politics & cultural heritage

Andrew Merrills

Senior Lecturer in Ancient History

Late antique North Africa; the successor kingdoms of the West; classical geographical writing
Sarah Newstead Teaching Fellow in Archaeology Historical archaeology (post-1500); Atlantic world archaeology; post-medieval material culture analysis; ceramic production & consumption studies
Adam Rogers Teaching Fellow in Iron Age and Roman Archaeology Roman Urbanism & the NW Provinces

Deirdre O'Sullivan

Lecturer in Archaeology

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

Sarah Scott

Senior Lecturer in Archaeology

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

Graham Shipley

Professor of Ancient History

Landscapes, politics, & economies of hellenistic Greece; hellenistic material culture & society; Greek geographers

Dan Stewart

Lecturer in Ancient History

Hellenistic & Roman Greece; urban & rural landscapes; intersection of text & material culture; the Greek East

Sarah Tarlow

Professor of Historical Archaeology

Archaeology 1500–1900; historical archaeology of northern Europe; archaeological ethics; archaeology of death & burial

Jeremy Taylor

Lecturer in Archaeology

Archaeology of later prehistoric & Roman landscapes; archaeology of the western Roman provinces; theory & method in landscape research

Ian Whitbread

Lecturer in Archaeology

Ceramic petrology; ancient & traditional pottery production & technologies; trade & exchange in the ancient world; exploitation of geological materials; Aegean prehistory

Ruth Young

Senior Lecturer in Archaeology

Archaeology of South Asia & Iran, particularly historical periods; ideology & material culture; ethnoarchaeology; transhumance

University of Leicester Archaeological Services

NamePositionAreas of ExpertiseEmail
Richard Buckley OBE
Co-Director Urban archaeology; historic buildings; Roman painted wall-plaster
Patrick Clay Co-Director Prehistoric landscapes; small finds
Nick Cooper
Project manager
Roman pottery; small finds; romanization of material culture; Roman–Anglo-Saxon transition
Vicki Score Project manager

Large-scale mineral extraction sites; EDM landscape surveys; CAD & GIS

Research Fellows and Associates


Emma Battell Lowman

Morn Capper

Research Associate, Criminal Corpse

Research Associate, Impact of Diasporas


Anglo-Saxon archaeology & history

Adrian Chadwick Postdoctoral Research Associate, Crisis or Continuity Deposition of Metalwork in the Roman World Project
Rachel Crellin Postdoctoral Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Aurelie Cuenod

Research Associate, Trans-Sahara

Metallurgy & metal trade
Pilar Diarte Blasco Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow Late Antique Urbanism and Landscape in Hispania
Chloe Duckworth Postdoctoral Research Fellow Recycling, Glass and Technological Practice
Andrew Fitzpatrick Postdoctoral Research Associate Leverhulme Caesar Project
Tyr Fothergill Postdoctoral Research Fellow Cultural & scientific perceptions of human–chicken interactions
Maria Gatto Research Associate, Trans-Sahara Funerary Archaeology, Pottery
Louise Rayne Research Associate, Endangered Archaeology
Martin Sterry Postdoctoral Fellow, Trans-Sahara
Remote sensing; desert landscapes  

Emeritus Professors

Marilyn Palmer MBE Emeritus Professor of Industrial Archaeology Industrial archaeology
Clive Ruggles Emeritus Professor of Archaeoastronomy Archaeoastronomy
Marijke van der Veen Emeritus Professor of Archaeology Archaeobotany, Environmental Archaeology, Archaeology of Food

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 Freelance archaeologist, Dubai
Martin Brown Honorary Visiting Fellow Operation Nightingale Environmental advisor, Archaeology
Jean-Pierre Brun Visiting Professor Greek & Roman technology; olive & wine production in the ancient world Collège de France
Duncan Campbell Honorary Visiting Fellow Hellenistic history University of Leicester

Jasper Chalcraft

Honorary Visiting Fellow

Cultural heritage


Duncan Cloud Honorary Visiting Fellow Roman history; Roman law University of Leicester
Fran Cole Honorary Visiting Fellow Material culture; funerary archaeology UCL

Sarah Colley

Honorary Research Fellow

Australian archaeology & heritage; digital technology; archaeozoology

University of Leicester

Jago Cooper Honorary Lecturer Climate change; indigenous archaeology British Museum
Margarita Díaz-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
Lin Foxhall Hon. MBE Honorary Professor Gender in classical antiquity; ancient Greek legal history; the ancient economy & olive production
Anthony Gouldwell
University Fellow Environmental archaeology
David Gaimster
Visiting Professor
Historical archaeology
The Hunterian, University of Glasgow
Matty Holmes Honorary Visiting Fellow Analysis of animal bones; faunal remains; Wallingford project
Alessandro Launaro Honorary Visiting Fellow Archaeology & history of Roman Italy University of Cambridge

Kevin Leahy

Honorary Visiting Fellow

Portable antiquities; early medieval metalwork

British Museum/PAS

Borja Legarra Herrero Honorary Visiting Fellow Aegean Bronze Age University of Leicester
Peter Liddle MBE Honorary Visiting Fellow Leicestershire archaeology Leicester City Council
Lluis Lloveras Roca Honorary Visiting Fellow Late Pleistocene hunter-gatherer populations from the 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
Late Roman history Yale University
Benjamin Millis Honorary Visiting Fellow History & archaeology of Corinth
Phillip Mills Honorary Research Fellow Materials & 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 & 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, Oxford Roman Economy Project, University of Oxford
Katharina Rebay-Salisbury Honorary Visiting Fellow Bronze & early Iron Age central Europe Austrian Academy of Sciences
Maria Relaki Honorary Visiting Fellow Greek archaeology Open University
Carme Rissech Honorary Visiting Fellow Geometric morphometrics University of Leicester
Christophe Rivet Honorary Visiting Fellow International heritage ICOMOS Canada
Katie Robbins Honorary Visiting Fellow Portable antiquities British Museum
Andrea Roppa Honorary Visiting Fellow Tracing Networks project
Roderick Salisbury Honorary Visiting Fellow Prehistoric archaeology Marie Curie AIRFORS Project, Airbourne Technologies GmbH
Denis Sami Honorary Visiting Fellow University of Leicester
Aimee Schofield Honorary Visiting Fellow Hellenistic military history; Classics outreach
Wendy Scott Honorary Visiting Fellow Outreach Leicestershire County Council
Kirsty Shipton University Fellow Latin & ancient history; the Greek economy
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 & Iron Age Mediterranean; Tracing Networks project
University of Leicester
Michael Tully Honorary Visiting Fellow University of Leicester
Mark van der Enden Honorary Visiting Fellow University of Leicester
Melissa Vetters Honorary Visiting Fellow Late Bronze Age–early Iron Age utilitarian pottery in Greece & Italy; Tracing Networks project

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 Iron Age & Roman Northamptonshire

Professional Services Staff

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School Professional Services Staff

NamePositionArea of ResponsibilityEmail
Sue Beesley Programme Administrator Undergraduate & postgraduate taught (MA) programmes
James Buckley Administrator Undergraduate & postgraduate taught (MA) programmes
Oliver Dooley
Administrator Undergraduate & postgraduate taught (MA) programmes; general office support
Victoria Lucas Technician Technical support for teaching & research; maintenance & management of labs & equipment
Debbie Miles Williams Archaeological Illustrator; Outreach Co-ordinator Archaeological illustration; outreach & careers
Andrew Tams Operations Manager Oversees all administration of the department
Selina Thraves Academic Resources Administrator Support for Distance Learning course content; field trip administration
Adam Thuraisingam Research Resources Administrator Support for research projects; Ph.D. programme support

Distance Learning Enquiries (apart from Ph.D.)

Introductory, Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate

Laura Robinson Distance Learning Team Leader
0116 223 1944
Dan Cox Student Support Officer 0116 252 3783
Matthew Briggs Student Support Officer 0116 252 1364
Emily Gray
Student Support Officer 0116 252 3454
Stephen Sharkey Student Support Officer 0116 252 2903
Kate Westlake Student Support Officer 0116 252 5365


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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