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

Deputy Head of School


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. From 2012 I will be Deputy Head for the School.



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  • South Asian archaeology
  • Old World States

PhD supervision:

I am always interested in talking to potential PhD students about research in the archaeology of South Asia and Iran. My current PhD students are working on: the archaeology of the Hindu Shahi period in north western Pakistan; patronage and the rise of Buddhism; Sikh religious buildings in the UK. Past PhD students have completed theses on the Gandharan Grave Culture and the archaeology of Kashmir.

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Recent Publications

Fazeli, H. & Young, R. (2013) Animals and People in the Neolithisation of Iran. In: H. Fazeli and R. Mathews (eds) Neolithisation of Iran: ICAANE 2010.

Young, R. and Fazeli, H. (2013). Women and Class in Landlord Villages of the Tehran Plain, Iran. Historical Archaeology 47(2): 76-98.

Fazeli, H. and 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. and 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.

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.

Darabi, H., Naseri, R., Young, R., and 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

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 Neptune Publications (Pvt) Ltd. Battaramulla, Sri Lanka: 81 – 92

Fazeli Nashli, H., Beshkani, A., Markosian, A., Ilkani, H., Abbasnegad Seresty, R. & Young, R. 2009. The Neolithic to Chalcolithic transition in the Qazvin Plain, Iran: chronology and subsistence strategies. Archäologische Mitteilungen Aus Iran and Turan, Band 41: 1-21.

Fazeli,H., Salimi, M. & Young, R. (2009) Landlord Villages of the Tehran Plain, and Historical Archaeology in Iran. Iran XLVII: 149-164.

Young, R. (2009) Representation within the landscape of northern Pakistan: the meanings of Gandhara South Asian Studies 25; 29-40.

Edirisingha, P., Nie, M., Pluciennik, M. & Young, R. (2009) Socialisation for learning at a distance in a 3-D multi-user virtual environment. British Journal of Educational Technology Vol 40 No 3:  458–479. ISSN: 0007-1013. EISSN: 1467-8535.

DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2009.00962.x

Ali, I. Khalil, M.R., Young, R., Zahir, M. (2009). A survey of Lower Dir, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan in 2005. Man and Environment XXXIV(1): 30-37.

Young, R. (2009). The importance of names in archaeology: exploring ‘Gandhara’. Pakistan Heritage. 1: 57-63.

Gillmore, G.K., Coningham, R.A.E., Fazeli, H., Young, R., Magshoudi, M., Batt, C.M., Rushworth, G., (2009). Irrigation on the Tehran Plain, Iran: Tepe Pardis - The site of a possible Neolithic irrigation feature? Catena, doi:10.1016/j.catena

Young, R. & Fazeli, H. (2008). Interpreting animal bones in Iran: considering new animal bone assemblages from three sites in the Qazvin Plain within a broader geographical and chronological perspective. Paleorient.34.2: 153-172.

Ali, I., Hamilton, D., Newson, P., Qasim, Q., Young, R. & Zahir, M. (2008). New radiocarbon dates from Chitral, NWFP, Pakistan, and their implications for the Gandharan Grave Culture of northern Pakistan. Antiquity. Vol 82 Issue 318 (online project gallery)

Fazeli, H. & Young, R. (2008). Landlord Villages of the Tehran Plain: season 1.  Iran XLVI: 347-360.

Young, R., Coningham, R., Ali, I., & Ali,T. (2008). The archaeological visibility of transhumance tested using faunal material from NWFP, Pakistan. In: E.M. Raven & G.L. Possehl (eds) South Asian Archaeology 1999. Groningen: Egbert Forsten Publishing: 203-210.

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