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Department of Archaeology



Research Assistant, MOBILE Project, University of Cambridge (2023 – present)

PhD Archaeology, University of Cambridge (2020 – present)
•    Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP
•    Cambridge Trust Scholar (Honorary)
MSc Geographical Information Science, University of Leicester (Distinction) (2016 – 2017)
BSc (Hons) Applied Geology, University of Plymouth (2010 – 2013)

Key Publications

Key publications: 

Lewis, J. (2023). Explaining Known Past Routes, Underdetermination, and the Use of Multiple Cost Functions. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory.

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.

Teaching and Supervisions


I have been a Teaching Assistant for A11/B5/BG5/AS1: From Data to Interpretation / Foundation Statistics

Research supervision: 

I have been an Undergraduate Supervisor for A11/B5/BG5/AS1: From Data to Interpretation / Foundation Statistics

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

Job Titles

Research Assistant, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

General Info

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

Contact Details

Jl2094 [at]
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research


Person keywords: 
Computational archaeology
Spatial statistics
Movement modelling
Network science
Environment, Landscapes and Settlement
Rethinking Complexity
Geographical areas: 
Periods of interest: 
Classical - Roman
Iron Age