Dr Sarah Scott

Sarah ScottAssociate Professor of Archaeology

Tel: +44 (0)116 223 1309

Email: sas11@le.ac.uk


Personal details

BSc (Leicester), DPhil (Oxford), FSA, SFHEA, National Teaching Fellow, University Distinguished Teaching Fellow

I completed my undergraduate studies in Archaeology at the University of Leicester and my DPhil at the University of Oxford (British Academy and Linacre College Domus Scholar). I was Fellow in Social Sciences at the University of Durham before joining the School at Leicester.


My research interests include: the history of archaeological thought and method; the archaeology and anthropology of art; the history of archaeological publishing; archaeology and ancient history in education; community archaeology; Roman provincial archaeology and art.


I coordinate and contribute to campus-based and distance learning undergraduate and MA modules in

  • classical and historical archaeology
  • heritage management and archaeology
  • archaeology and ancient history in education

I supervise campus-based and distance-learning MA and PhD students and have undertaken writing, marking and coordination for a wide range of modules within the School's distance learning programme. I was awarded a University Distinguished Teaching Fellowship in 2013 in recognition of teaching excellence. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2017.

Administrative roles

My current roles include

I led the School's successful Athena Swan Bronze Award submission in November 2018.

Archaeology and Classics in the Community: Since 2013 I have coordinated our HEAR and CIfA-accredited volunteering and internship programme in partnership with University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS). I am leading a team of students and staff, working in partnership with Classics for All, to support the introduction of classical subjects and archaeology in state schools in the East Midlands. We are collaborating with many local arts and heritage organisations, including Leicester Creative Business Depot, Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society, the Friends of Jewry Wall Museum and the East Midlands Association of Classical Teachers, to provide a wide range of enrichment opportunities based on our world-class research in archaeology and ancient history. We are supporting a network of 80 schools in the East Midlands, with more than 2,000 pupils in Leicester alone now studying classical subjects within the curriculum. We are delighted to have supported Lionheart Academies Trust in their successful bid to open a new inner-city free school in Leicester with classical subjects on the curriculum from Year 7.

Find out more about the impact of our work with schools in the East Midlands.

Excavation and community archaeology: I am co-director of a team working in partnership with Chester Farm Heritage Park (Northamptonshire County Council) to excavate the site of a small Roman town, and to develop a community volunteering and school engagement programme which will benefit the health and well being of diverse communities in Northamptonshire and surrounding counties. Chester Farm Heritage Park is a £12.7m project funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Northamptonshire County Council. As well as being the site of a Roman walled town, there is evidence from the Mesolithic, Iron Age and Medieval periods, together with a complex of traditional farm buildings dating back to the 17th century.

Selected publications

Scott, S. 2019. Vetusta Monumenta and Britain's Classical Past. Vetusta Monumenta: Ancient Monuments, A Digital Edition https://scalar.missouri.edu/vm/thematic-essay-roman-britain

Scott, S. 2019. Engavings of Three Roman Pavements found at Wellow. Vetusta Monumenta: Ancient Monuments, A Digital Edition https://scalar.missouri.edu/vm/vol1plates50-52-roman-pavements-wellow

Savani, G., Scott, S. and Morris, M. 2018. Life in the Roman World: Roman Leicester. School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester.

Scott, S. 2017. 'Gratefully dedicated to the subscribers': The archaeological publishing projects and achievements of Charles Roach Smith. Internet Archaeology 45. https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.45.6

Scott, S. 2014. Britain in the classical world: Samuel Lysons and the art of Roman Britain 1780-1820. Classical Receptions Journal, 6 (2), pp. 294-337. https://doi.org/10.1093/crj/clt030

Scott, S. 2013b. Samuel Lysons and his circle: Art, science and the remains of Roman Britain. Bulletin of the History of Archaeology 23 (2), pp. 1-22. http://doi.org/10.5334/bha.2323

Scott, S. 2013a. Pioneers, publishers and the dissemination of archaeological knowledge. A study of publishing in archaeology 1816-1851. Internet Archaeology 35. https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.35.1

Scott, S. 2012. Fourth-century villas in the Coln Valley, Gloucestershire: Identifying patrons and viewers. In S. Birk and B. Poulsen eds Patrons and Viewers in Late Antiquity. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, pp.183-212.

Scott, S. 2010. Review article: Local responses to Roman imperialism. American Journal of Archaeology 114, No. 3, pp.557-561.

Scott, S. 2006. Art and the archaeologist. World Archaeology 38, No. 4, pp. 628-643.

Scott, S. and Webster, J. eds 2003. Roman Imperialism and Provincial Art. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Scott, S. 2000. Art and Society in Fourth-Century Britain. Oxford University School of Archaeology Monograph 53. Oxford: Oxbow. 192 pp.

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