Dr Ruth Young


Senior Lecturer in Archaeology
Director of Distance Learning Strategy

BSc, MPhil, Ph.D. (Bradford), FHEA, FSA

Tel: 0116 252 2564

Email: rly3@le.ac.uk


I first came to Leicester in 2000, having completed my PhD (on archaeological work in the former North West Frontier Province, Pakistan) in the Department of Archaeological Sciences, University of Bradford, where I also studied for my MPhil and undergraduate degree. I now work mainly within the School’s Distance Learning programme. I have worked in South Asia and parts of the Middle East (Iran, Oman, Lebanon), and am currently focusing on historical and contemporary archaeology of these regions, as well as exploring post-conflict archaeology. 



See details of the recent and ongoing project centered on religion in the city of Leicester, Mapping Faith and Place



  • South Asian archaeology
  • Old World States
  • Heritage


Recent Publications


Coningham, R. & Young, R. (November 2015). The Archaeology of South Asia. From the Indus to Asoka, c.6500 BCE to 200 CE. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Young, R.  (2003). Agriculture and Pastoralism in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan. Oxford: BAR. S1124.

Journal Articles

Newson, P. & Young, R. (2015). The archaeology of conflict damaged sites: Hosn Niha in the Biq’a Valley, Lebanon. Antiquity 89, 344: 449-463.

Newson, P. & Young, R. (2014). Archaeological assessment of the site at Hosn Niha: preliminary report 2011-2012. BAAL: Bulletin d’Archéologie et d’Architecture Libanaises (for 2011) 15: 21-46. 

Iles, L., Robertshaw, P. & Young, R. (2014). A furnace and associated ironworking remains at Munsa, Uganda.  Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa 49, 1: 45–63, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0067270X.2013.877619

Young, R. & Fazeli, H. (2013). Women and Class in Landlord Villages of the Tehran Plain, Iran. Historical Archaeology 47(2).

Fazeli, H. & Young, R. (2013). Landlord villages of Iran as landscapes of hierarchy and control. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 17, 1: 143-158.

O’Sullivan, D. & Young, R. (2012). A world apart? Translating the archaeology of the sacred in the modern world. World Archaeology 44,3: 342-358.

Ali, I., Shah, I., Samad, A., Zahir, M. & Young, R. (2012). Heritage and archaeology in Chitral, Pakistan: exploring some local views and issues. International Journal of Heritage Studies DOI:10.1080/13527258.2011.643909.

Darabi, H., Naseri, R., Young, R., & Fazeli Nashli, H. (2011). The absolute chronology of East Chia Sabz: a Pre-Pottery Neolithic site in Western Iran. Documenta Praehistoria XXXVIII: 255-265.  DOI: 10.4312/dp.38.20

Young, R. (2010) Transhumant Groups and Subordination in the former North West Frontier Province, Pakistan, Ancient Pakistan XXI: 123-138.

Chapters in Books/Monographs

Ali, I., Shah, I., Samad, A., Zahi, M. & Young, R. (in press 2015).  Preliminary Results of Archaeological Survey in Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. In V. Widorn & U Franke(eds). Proceedings of the 20th Conference of the ‘European Association for South Asian Archaeology and Art’. Vol. 2: Contextualizing Material Culture in South and Central Asia in Pre-Modern Times. Turnhout: Brepols.

Young, R.& Fazeli, H. (2013) Animals and People in the Neolithisation of Iran. In: H. Fazeli and R. Mathews (eds) Neolithisation of Iran: The formation of New Societies.  Oxford: Oxbow: 178-188.

Darabi, H., Fazeli, H., Naseri, R. Riehl, S. & Young, R. The Neolithisation Process in the Seimarreh Valley: Excavations at East Chia Sabz, Central Zagros. In: H. Fazeli and R. Mathews (eds) Neolithisation of Iran: The formation of New Societies.  Oxford: Oxbow: 55-75.

Fazeli, H. & Young, R. (2012) Revolutionary archaeology or the archaeology of revolution? Landlord Villages of the Tehran Plain. In: S. May, H. Orange and S. Penrose (eds.) The Good, the Bad and the Unbuilt: handling the Heritage of the Recent. Oxford, Archaeopress BAR IS 2362: 85-96.

Edirisingha, P., Pluciennik, M., & Young, R. (2010) Using a three-dimensional multi-user virtual environment to teach spatial theory in archaeology. In: A. Wilson (ed.) UK Chapter of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Proceedings of the CAA UK Chapter Meeting University of Liverpool, 6th and 7th February 2009. Oxford: Archaeopress. BAR.IS 2182: 81-87

Young, R. & R.A.E. Coningham (2010) From Village to State Modelling Food consumption and Ideological Change at Anuradhapura Sri Lanka in P. Gunawardhana, G. Adikari and R.A.E. Coningham (eds) Essays in Archaeology. Sirinimal Lakdusinghe Felicitation Volume Battaramulla, Sri Lanka: Neptune Publications (Pvt) Ltd.: 81 – 92.

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