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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'. 


This project sets out to produce an up-to-date, comprehensive, problematised synthesis and interpretation of long-term social and economic dynamics along Mediterranean Africa during the Holocene (9600-700 BC), and to identify major factors shaping the patterns detected. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust.


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


Fish bones recovered from archaeological excavations provide one of the most direct windows onto past human use of marine resources, and how aquatic ecosystems have changed through time. They illuminate environmental and economic history, and can guide contemporary fisheries and conservation decisions. Hitherto, this evidence base has been informative but dispersed, in diverse (including unpublished) reports and languages. The Oceans Past Northern Seas Synthesis aims to transform the value of this resource, the result of decades of meticulous specialist laboratory work, through quantitative meta-analysis and systematic data publication.


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:


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


Investigating human-animal relations in the ancient Near East, with equids (horses, donkeys and horse-donkey hybrids) as the main focus, and with an understanding of animals as social actors.


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