Dr Mark Gillings

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Reader in Archaeology

BSc, PhD (Bradford), SFHEA

Tel: 0116 252 2723

Email: mg41@le.ac.uk

Academic Director of the School of Archaeology & Ancient History.


Mark Gillings was appointed a Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Leicester in 1999. After completing his degree and PhD at the University of Bradford, he increasingly specialised in the theory and practice of Landscape archaeology, with particular focus upon the role that could be played by Geographical Information Systems. This research developed through a succession of research posts at the Universities of Durham (1990), Cambridge (1991), Newcastle (1992-1997) and Leicester (1997-1999) and resulted in a number of publications including the major textbook Spatial Technology and Archaeology: the archaeological application of GIS co-authored with Dr. David Wheatley of the University of Southampton. He is currently working to bring together his existing strands of research into Landscape and Archaeological Theory through the development of a different kind of GIS - what might be termed a Geosophical Information System.

As well as concerns with GIS, a long standing interest in monumental prehistoric landscapes led in 1997 to the first of a series of fieldwork projects centred upon the World Heritage Site of Avebury that have resulted in a series of major excavations and new discoveries in the Avebury landscape (Gillings, M., Pollard, J., Wheatley, D.W. and Peterson, R. 2008. Landscape of the Megaliths: excavation and fieldwork on the Avebury Monuments 1997-2003. Oxford: Oxbow). Current fieldwork is focusing upon the enigmatic stone settings of Exmoor, SW Britain (in collaboration with colleagues from Exmoor National Park and the University of Plymouth) and from 2016 a major new AHRC-funded research programme at Avebury entitled Living with Monuments (in collaboration with colleagues from the Universities of Southampton, Gent, Cambridge; the National trust & Allen Environmental Archaeology).





I teach modular courses at all levels on a range of Undergraduate (UG) and Masters (MA) programmes.

Selected publications

M. Gillings, P. Haciguzeller and G. Lock (eds). (forthcoming). Archaeology and the Map: critique and practice. New York: Springer.

M. Gillings (submitted). Mapping liminality: Critical frameworks for the GIS-based modelling of visibility. Journal of Archaeological Science.

M. Gillings, (in press). Environment and Landscape. In A. Gardiner, M. Lake and U. Sommer (eds). The Oxford Handbook of Archaeological Theory. Oxford: OUP.

M. Gillings and J. Pollard (eds). 2016. Landscape Archaeology (Critical Concepts in Archaeology – 4 vols; 1,600 pages). London: Routledge.

M. Gillings and J. Pollard 2016. Making megaliths: Shifting and unstable stones in the Neolithic of the Avebury landscape. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 26(4): 537-559.

M. Gillings. 2015. Mapping Invisibility: GIS approaches to the analysis of hiding and seclusion. Journal of Archaeological Science 62: 1-14.

M. Gillings. 2015. Fugitive monuments and animal pathways: explaining the stone settings of Exmoor. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 81: 87-106.

M. Gilings. 2015. Betylmania? Small standing stones and the megaliths of South-West Britain. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 34(3): 207-233.

M. Gillings. 2015. Excavation and survey at Porlock Stone Circle and Row, Exmoor. SANHS 158: 1-28.

M. Gillings and Pollard, J. 2015. Authenticity, Artifice and the Druidical Temple of Avebury. In J.C.A. Kolen, H. Renes & R.A.E. Hermans (eds). Landscape Biographies: 117-142. Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam Press.

M. Gillings. 2012. Landscape Phenomenology, GIS and the Role of Affordance. Journal of Archaeological method and Theory 19(4): 601-611.

M. Gillings. 2011. 'Chorography, phenomenology and the antiquarian tradition'. Cambridge Journal of Archaeology 21(1): 53-64.

M. Gillings, J. Pollard & J. Taylor. 2010. 'The miniliths of Exmoor'. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 76: 297-318.

M. Gillings. 2009. 'Visual affordance, landscape and the megaliths of Alderney'. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 28(4): 335-56.

M. Gillings, J. Pollard, D.W. Wheatley & R. Peterson. 2008. Landscape of the Megaliths. Oxbow: Oxford.

M. Gillings, 2007. ‘The Escegfalva Landscape: affordance and inhabitation’ in A. Whittle (ed), The Early Neolithic of the Great Hungarian Plain. Varia Archaeologica Hungarica, Budapest.

C. Frieman and M. Gillings, 2007. 'Seeing is Perceiving?'. World Archaeology 39(1): 4-16.

M. Gillings and J. Pollard, 2004. Avebury. Duckworths, London.

D.W. Wheatley and M. Gillings, 2002. Spatial Technology and Archaeology: the archaeological applications of GIS. Taylor & Francis, London.

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