Dr Oliver Harris
Associate Professor of Archaeology
BA, MA, PhD (Cardiff), FHEA
Tel: 0116 252 2729
Oliver Harris began studying archaeology at Sheffield, and graduated with a BA in 2002. He then took an MA at Cardiff University, and stayed on to do a PhD under the supervision of Alasdair Whittle. His PhD focussed on developing new theoretical approaches to identity, emotion and memory and applying them to the British Neolithic. Since finishing his PhD Oliver has worked in contract archaeology, and held two post-docs. The first, at Cambridge, was part of the interdisciplinary changing beliefs of the human body project, which turned into the book The Body in History, co-written written with John Robb. The second, at Newcastle, was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship looking at the different kinds of community that occupied Southern Britain in the Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age, and what happens when we think about communities not just as collections of people, but as assemblages of people, things, animals, places and monuments. He has just finished a book on archaeological theory with Craig Cipolla, and spends his summers digging in Ardnamurchan, Western Scotland, where all sorts of archaeological wonders can be found.
Research students and topics for supervision
I co-ordinate and contribute to a range of modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.