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Current Research Projects

A multi-disciplinary research project focusing on the St. John's Hospital cemetery, a medieval burial ground excavated by the Cambridge Archaeological Unit in 2010 with an aim to learn more about health, life, and death among the medieval urban poor - particularly during the bubonic plague epidemic known as the Black Death.

 

A project exploring and preserving the archaeology of the ancient city of Amarna and its historical context.

 

ArchaeoLink facilitates public engagement with archaeology, researching the factors that influence how it becomes heritage and impacts the community

 

Human transitional pathways towards food production in North Africa: Technological and environmental signatures 

 

Excavations at the Brough of Deerness, an enigmatic Viking Age site in Orkney

 

Excavation and survey in southern Aspromonte

 

Excavations of a Prehistoric and Roman landscape at Bury Farm, Stapleford, Cambridgeshire

 

Identifying and investigating sites of probable Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman, and Saxon date in the hinterland of Canterbury

 

Archaeological investigation of the history of Cape Verde

 

Cultural Heritage of Dictatorship in Albania

 

Excavations at the Prehistoric site of Damerham, Hampshire

 

Digital Artefacts: How People Perceive Tangible Cultural Heritage through Different Media.

 

Divergent Meanings: understanding the postmortem fate of human bodies found in Neolithic settlements from the Balkan area in light of interdisciplinary data.

 

  • Early Upper Palaeolithic Landscapes

 

Investigating residential mobility in the eastern Mediterranean using isotope GeoChemistry’ (EPOCH GeoChem) is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie multidisciplinary (archaeology, bioarchaeology, isotope geochemistry) project.

 

Investigating the 1st Millennium BC in Europe

 

Food globalisation in prehistory

 

Fragility and Sustainability in the restricted island environments of Malta.

 

Studying the diversity of political frontiers in Etruria

 

The Cyrenaica prehistory project, Libya

 

Untangling the histories and philosophies of archaeology and making them intelligible

Excavations at Keros in the Cyclades

 

The excavation of a WWII forced labour camp in order to explore the daily life of internment under German occupation.

 

Environmental constraints and human responses in northwest India between 2000 and 300 BC: Investigating the cultural and geographical transformations from the collapse of Harappan urbanism to the rise the great Early Historic cities

 

Understanding the landscape of Loughcrew through airborne LIDAR survey and digital spatial analysis

 

The Marakwet Heritage Project is a community-based collaboration which involves a multidisciplinary investigation into Marakwet history, heritage, landscape and farming.

The project forms a central element within the broader research network: 'African Farming: An interdisciplinary pan-African perspective'. 

 

The analysis of a fuzzy frontier between the Etruscans and the Umbrians

 

A project investigating Modern human dispersal into Eurasia and its relation to Neanderthal extinction during the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition

 

The One River Project aims to track the flux in rich cultural florescence and collapse through the past along the course of a single river — the Río Ica — from the southern Andes to its arid coast

 

 Digital Humanities Research Project and Interactive Digital Rock-Art Gallery

 

An on going, educational, oral-history research initiative

 

The PROCON project aims to explore the role of textile production and consumption in the formation of early states, using the example of the Mediterranean Europe during 1000-500 BCE. 

 

Recording, analysing and interpreting the art of prehistoric fisher-gatherer-hunters in Southeastern Scandinavia.

 

Investigating the development of historic environments along the longest river drainage system in Japan.

 

A first millennium AD city in the central plains of Myanmar.

 

A Bronze Age fortified tell settlement on the right bank of the river Danube 30km south of Budapest. Follow the project on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saxproject/

 

The investigation of urban growth and administration in northern Mesopotamia in the 4th and 3rd millennia BC (north-east Syria)

 

  • The Archaeology of the Modern Human Dispersal into Europe

 

 

Collapse and transformation in the Mediterranean 1200--500 BC

 

An international and interdisciplinary ERC funded project investigating the interplay and dynamics of winter and summer rainfall systems, investigate the nature of human adaptation to the ecological conditions created by those systems.

 

Excavations at the cave site of Vela Spila, island of Korčula, Croatia

 

  • Willendorf Project

Excavations at the site Willendorf, Austria

 

Past Research Projects

Investigating the changing social landscape of the southern Danish island of Als from the Neolithic to the Viking period.

 

A cross-disciplinary series of international symposia, lectures, and publications, funded under the British Academy's UK-Latin American and Caribbean Link Programme.

 

Investigating ancient Pushkalavati: Excavations at Balar Hisar, Charsadda, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan.

 

Understanding power relations and social practice: Community development in the Calchaqui Valley, Argentina. Investigating changing power relations and the nature of leadership at Borgatta during the period before the Inka conquest (AD 1000-1450)

 

 

Leverhulme Research Programme 2005-2009: Addressing the question of why and how humans change what they believe about the human body

 

Identifying osteological differences between riding, traction and free-living horses, resulting from their different life ways, in order to further our understanding of the origins and evolution of horse husbandry

 

Cultural Heritage and the Reconstruction of Identities after Conflict

 

Excavation in the cemetery area of the ancient Latin town of Crustumerium, Rome

 

Investigating long-term and present-day interactions between people and rainforest in the Kelabit Highlands of central Borneo

 

Researching how and where broomcorn millet was first domesticated and why it appears on opposite sides of Asia at a similar time, 8,000 years ago

 

Investigating the socio-cultural and environmental impacts of colonialism

 

Ancient Settlements of the Gangetic Plain: Location and Territoriality

 

Investigating unsolved problems of the fourth and third millennium BC in Malta

 

The purpose of the IARC was to monitor and report upon the damage caused to cultural heritage by the international trade in illicit antiquities (i.e. antiquities which have been stolen or clandestinely excavated and/or illegally exported).

A rescue excavation in the Goksu Valley, Turkey

 

Leverhulme-funded research into the linguistics and archaeology of the dispersal of the early Indo-European languages

 

Investigating the Iron Age landscape of the island of Lismore

  

A project investigating the Mamasani district in the highlands of Fars in southwest Iran

 

Analysis of the faience from excavations of the kiln at Kom Helul, Memphis

 

Excavation at the magnificently-decorated Minaret of Jam, Afghanistan

 

Bioarchaeological analysis of early cold-climate human ecology

 

The Northeast Algonquin Palaeo-Lake and Environmental Assessment (NAPLEA)

 

Excavations and survey work at the ancient town of Nepi carried out during the early 1990s under the umbrella of the Tiber valley project of the British School at Rome.

 

  • Niah Caves, Sarawak

Initial colonisation and exploitation of rainforests in south-east Asia

 

An international archaeological project working at North Karnak, Egypt

 

Visual Perception and Cognition in the Rock Carvings of Northern Russia

 

The origins of weaving project aims to contribute to the understanding of weaving by focusing on the identification of plants used in making the earliest textiles (about 28,000 to 20,000 years ago)

 

Explorations into the conditions of spiritual creativity in Prehistoric Malta

 

 Changing Paleoenvironments and Hunter-Gatherer Strategies in the Northern Adriatic Basin

 

Quoygrew is a late Viking Age and medieval rural settlement on the island of Westray in Orkney, Scotland. It was partially excavated between 1999 and 2005, after an initial archaeological assessment in 1997

 

A study of the Roman pottery of the Nepi Survey Project in 2007.

 

Investigating indications of the early occurrence and development of aspects of religious practices and belief

 

A series of inter-related projects are enhancing knowledge of the South (east) Etruria area north of Rome

 

Star Carr and the early postglacial occupation of the Vale of Pickering, North Yorkshire

 

Mapping the lower and middle Tiber catchment: The aim of the project is to employ aerial photography, multi spectral data and LiDAR to investigate: Archaeological site recovery, erosion, water management (artificial channels (cuniculi)), land use, DEM precision, and demographic reconstruction

 

Excavation at Hang Boi, the Fortune-Teller's Cave, Vietnam

 

This project regards the application and development of novel techniques of landscape archaeology in central Tyrrhenian, Italy

 

Investigating and documenting the remains of the lower town at Ziyaret