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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.


Excavation and survey in southern Aspromonte

A multidisclipinary project funded by the Leverhulme Trust, investigating the interrelations between crop plants, insect pollinators, and human management in prehistory.

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


Archaeological investigation of the history of Cape Verde 

Cultural Heritage of Dictatorship in Albania  

Co-production Networks for Community Heritage in Tanzania


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


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


Fragility and Sustainability in the restricted island environments of Malta. 

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. 


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. 

This project seeks to treat commemorative objects holistically, analysing early Near Eastern materials and inscriptions together in the study of the commemoration of the individual from the Early Dynastic period through the first millennium BCE

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

The first landscape scale archaeological investigation of deep Fenland, with its complex geological history - from wet to dry and back again. The project’s exploration of deeply buried deposits is transforming our understanding of prehistoric life and revealing a level of preservation previously only dreamt about.

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 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.  


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) 

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.  

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.


Past Research Projects

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

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. 

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

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) 

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

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


Excavations at the Prehistoric site of Damerham, Hampshire 

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

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 

Investigating the 1st Millennium BC in Europe 


Food globalisation in prehistory

Studying the diversity of political frontiers in Etruria 

Ancient Settlements of the Gangetic Plain: Location and Territoriality 

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

The Cyrenaica prehistory project, Libya 

Untangling the histories and philosophies of archaeology and making them intelligible 

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 

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 

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 

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

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

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'.  

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 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 

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) 

     Digital Humanities Research Project and Interactive Digital Rock-Art Gallery 

    An on going, educational, oral-history research initiative 

    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


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

    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 

    Collapse and transformation in the Mediterranean 1200--500 BC

    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


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

    Investigating and documenting the remains of the lower town at Ziyaret