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Susanna Harris
  • susanna.harris@ucl.ac.uk
  • Direct: +44 (0)20 7679 4735
  • Internal: 24735
  • Room 206
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Susanna Harris

  • BA, PhD
  • ERC Research Associate, PROCON Project
  • Marie Curie CoFund Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2012-2013, Freie Universität, Berlin
  • British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2008-2011, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Research Interests

  • Prehistoric European Archaeology
  • Textiles, leather and basketry, analysis and interpretation
  • Prehistoric clothing and costume
  • Art and archaeology
  • Experimental archaeology

Research Directory Records

Previous Research Projects

  • 2012-2013, 'Regional Costume and Identity in the Final Neolithic to Bronze Age; the Statue Menhir Evidence.  Marie Curie COFUND Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Freie Universität Berlin

    The aim of this research project is to investigate regional costume and identity from the representation of clothing and adornments engraved on statue menhirs of central and northern of Europe dated from the final Neolithic to the early Bronze Age c.3300-2200 BC. The project, which involves the examination of costume motifs on approximately two hundred statue menhirs (also referred as statue stelae) of northern Italy, Switzerland, southern France and Germany, will seek to connect the significant of costume as an alteration of the human body to express social knowledge to the spatially and chronologically defined cultural environment.

  • 2008-2011 Cloth Cultures in Prehistoric Europe. British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship

    The aim of this research is to bring together and examine the evidence for the cloth cultures of Western Europe from the Mesolithic to Bronze Age (c.8500-1200 BC). “Cloth” I define as flexible thin sheets of material that can be wrapped, folded and shaped, including cloth of fibres and threads, such as textiles, looped cloth, netting and animal skins. What I am calling “Cloth culture” signifies the range of materials and techniques a particular society practices in the production and use of cloth. The originality of this research is the identification of these cloth cultures in prehistoric Europe, the combination of textiles and animal skins, and the approach to the use of available evidence despite the poor preservation of actual cloth remains.

  • 2008-2009 Cloth Cultures of Europe and Egypt in the Middle to Late Bronze Age, between 1500-1300 BC, Cotton Foundation Research Fellowship

    The aim of this research is to investigate and compare the cloth cultures of societies in Europe and Egypt between 1500-1300 BC. This equates to the middle to late Bronze Age in Europe and the New Kingdom in Egypt. This short period offers a remarkable opportunity for comparing these societies’ relationships to cloth due to a number of exceptional sites and artefacts including preserved cloth and representations of cloth.

Educational Background

  • PhD Archaeology, UCL Institute of Archaeology, 2003-2007
  • MA Comparative Art and Archaeology, UCL Institute of Archaeology, 2000-2001
  • BA (Hons) Archaeology, Durham University, 1995-1998

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