Dr Oliver Harris
Senior Lecturer in Archaeology
BA, MA, Ph.D. (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. 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 recently published a book on the history of the human body with John Robb, and spends his summers digging in Ardnamurchan, Western Scotland, where all sorts of archaeological wonders can be found.
His main administrative role is as Admissions Tutor. If you have any questions about applying to Leicester don't hesitate to get in touch.
Research students and topics for supervision
I teach on and contribute to a range of modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. My principal role, however, is co-ordinating three campus based modules.
AR1004 - World Archaeology BC
AR2029 - Archaeological Theory
AR3074 - European Bodies in History and Prehistory
In addition I also co-ordinate the distance learning module AR2551 Archaeological Theory.