Dr Sarah Tarlow


Sarah pontification

Professor of Archaeology

BA (Sheff.), M.Phil., Ph.D. (Cantab.)

Centre for Historical Archaeology

Tel: 0116 252 2846/ 5783

Email: sat12@le.ac.uk


After completing her PhD at Cambridge in 1995, Sarah became Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Wales Lampeter. She moved to Leicester to join the School in June 2000 as Lecturer in Historical Archaeology and became Senior Lecturer in 2006. In Spring 2012 Sarah was awarded a Chair in Archaeology at the School.

As well as her own research work, Sarah is an editor of the journal Archaeological Dialogues. From 2011 to 2016 she is leading a major research programme 'Harnessing the Power of the Criminal Corpse' funded by the Wellcome Trust.





Contributions to teaching at all levels both on campus and by distance learning.


PhD Supervision

Sarah is currently supervising doctoral research on topics including modernity in British urban housing; Anglo-Portuguese relationships in the cod fisheries of Newfoundland; object biographies of early colonial material culture in Jamestown. She especially welcomes enquiries from students wishing to work on the body, death and commemoration in later historical periods, and on aspects of archaeological theory, especially emotion and ethics.



Selected Recent Publications

The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Death and Burial. (OUP 2013) Edited with Liv Nilsson Stutz

'Cromwell and Plunkett: two early modern heads called Oliver'. (2013) In J. Kelly and M. Lyones (eds) Death and dying in Ireland, Britain and Europe: historical perspectives. (Irish Academic Press)

A fine and private place: the archaeology of death and burial in post-medieval Britain and Ireland (Leicester Archaeological Monograph 22. 2012). With Annia Cherryson and Zoe Crossland

'The archaeology of emotion and affect' (2012) Annual Review of Anthropology 41.

Ritual, belief and the dead body in early modern Britain and Ireland (Cambridge University Press 2011)

The Archaeology of Improvement in Britain, 1750-1850 (Cambridge University Press 2007).  


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