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Department of Archaeology



Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP

Cambridge Trust Scholar (Honorary)

PhD Archaeology, University of Cambridge (2020 – present)

MSc Geographical Information Science, University of Leicester (Distinction) (2016 – 2017)

BSc (Hons) Applied Geology, University of Plymouth (2010 – 2013)


My PhD research will use simulation-based inference methods to explore the factors that may have governed the emergence and evolution of ancient and historical road systems. In particular, my research will examine the spatial and social characteristics of the Roman road network in Roman Britain with a focus on how the road network affected the social, economic, and political organisation of territories.

Key Publications

Key publications: 

Lewis, J. (2022). 2nd c. CE defenses around small towns in Roman Britain structured by road network connectivity. Journal of Roman Archaeology, 1–12.

Lewis, J., 2021. Probabilistic Modelling for Incorporating Uncertainty in Least Cost Path Results: a Postdictive Roman Road Case Study. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory.

Lewis, J., 2020. Visibility of the Gask Ridge road from simulated Watchtowers: A Monte Carlo testing approach. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 33, 102482.

Teaching and Supervisions


I currently supervise and assist the following courses:

  • A11/B5/BG5/AS1: From Data to Interpretation / Foundation Statistics
Research supervision: 

Supervisor: Dr. Enrico R Crema

Advisor: Dr Alessandro Launaro

    Other Professional Activities

    Peer reviewer for Science Advances; Journal of Archaeological Science; Journal of Open Archaeology; Journal of Open Archaeology Data; Journal of Field Archaeology

    Member of Robinson College

    Job Titles

    PhD Candidate in Archaeology

    General Info

    Not available for consultancy
    Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
    Material Culture
    Archaeological Theory
    Computational and Quantitative Archaeology

    Contact Details

    Jl2094 [at]


    Person keywords: 
    Material Culture
    Rethinking Complexity
    Geographical areas: 
    Periods of interest: 
    Classical - Roman
    Iron Age