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
  • University Distinguished Teaching Fellow
  • National Teaching Fellow

I completed my undergraduate studies in Archaeology at the University of Leicester in 1989 and my DPhil at the University of Oxford (1989-92) (British Academy and Linacre College Domus Scholar).

I was Fellow in Social Sciences at the University of Durham (1993-95) before joining the school at Leicester in 1995.


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

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

I also supervise campus-based and distance-learning MA and PhD students.

I have undertaken writing, marking and coordination for a wide range of modules within the School's distance learning programme since 1997.

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 2016.


I am currently

  • School Equalities Champion
  • Chair of the School's Athena Swan Self AssessmentTeam
  • School Publications Coordinator
  • AccessAbility Officer

I am a member of the Enterprise Committee for the College of Arts, Humanities, Law and Social Science.

I am Academic Lead for Employability and Outreach and since 2013 have coordinated our Leicester Award and HEAR-accredited volunteering programme.

Selected publications

Scott, S. 'Gratefully dedicated to the subscribers': The archaeological publishing projects and achievements of Charles Roach Smith. Forthcoming in Internet Archaeology.

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.

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.

Scott, S. 2013a. Pioneers, publishers and the dissemination of archaeological knowledge. A study of publishing in archaeology 1816-1851. Internet Archaeology 35.

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.


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
  • Roman provincial art 


I am passionate about public engagement, Widening Participation and student-staff enterprise.

Since 2012, I have worked closely with students, our Employability and Outreach Manager (Debbie Miles-Williams), School and College Services and Careers to develop a range of employability initiatives.

I coordinate a Year 3 module AR3070 Archaeology and Ancient History in Education and Archaeology and Classics in the Community (ACC) (a Leicester Award and HEAR accredited student volunteering programme); since 2013, more than 70 students from across the University have worked with more than 50 local and national organisations and charities.

I was awarded a Higher Education Academy Individual Teaching Grant (2012) and University of Leicester Prospects funding (2014-15) for the development of these projects and to ensure their long-term sustainability.

I am currently leading an initiative (supported by the national charity Classics for All) which provides opportunities for local school pupils to explore, experience and learn from our internationally renowned research in the fields of classical archaeology and history. We offer a range of activities delivered within student-designed and led after-school clubs. We aim to demonstrate to pupils, teachers and parents the benefits of studying Latin and classical archaeology within and alongside the curriculum and to ensure that our research has the widest possible impact (project coordinators: Jane Ainsworth, email jla26@le.ac.uk and Katherine Taylor, email kmt3@le.ac.uk).

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