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Department of Archaeology



In 2015, I graduated from Durham University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Archaeology. Specialising in landscape archaeology and the application of Corona satellite imagery, my undergraduate thesis thematised the shifting frontier separating the Roman and Sasanian Empires. I then completed my Master of Arts in Archaeology at Leiden University in 2016, where I investigated reuse in Maya monumental architecture of pre-and post-colonial Yucatán in relation to heritage formation within local indigenous communities.

In the subsequent years I worked as an excavation director and professional archaeologist in Germany.


Dissertation title: (Re)use and valuation of historic buildings - a comparison between the AHD and private individuals

  • In my doctoral thesis I analyse heritage formation through private (re)use of historic buildings. I aim to identify how individuals living in heritage buildings attach value to them, and how this compares with the valuation from an official perspective. Furthermore, I evaluate the impact of architectural transformations on the perception of heritage architecture, both from an authorised and private standpoint. This research will then provide a basis for discussing the ever-changing nature and value of domestic heritage architecture and whether this is reflected upon within the authorised discourse. It introduces a new area of research, addressing how people engage with domestic heritage architecture in the everyday. Whilst we have a clear understanding of the significance of authorised, official heritage (e.g. monuments, archaeological sites, museums and similar heritage structures), the value of living heritage in the form of residential architecture is not as well-defined.


Related and general fields of interest include:

  • heritage formation processes
  • valuation
  • (adaptive) reuse and transformation
  • built environment and spatiality
  • monumental architecture
  • materiality
  • apotropaic symbolism
  • archaeology of colonialism
  • landscape survey
  • remote sensing and drone survey
  • photogrammetry

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

Other Professional Activities

  • Subscriptions Officer for the Archaeological Review from Cambridge since November 2018
  • Associated Researcher at the Centre for Global Heritage and Development (, involved in the programs Heritage & Identity and Heritage & Environment.

Job Titles

PhD Student in Archaeology

General Info

Available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Material Culture
Built Environment
Field Methods
Heritage Management
Cultural Heritage


Heritage Studies
Environment, Landscapes and Settlement
Material Culture
Geographical areas: 
Mesopotamia and the Near East
Southeast Asia
Periods of interest: 
Other Historical