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Research topics

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PhD supervision at the Instititute of Archaeology covers a broad range of topics, and staff welcome proposals from prospective students. For a list of subjects currently being pursued by students at the IoA, please see the research student pages. For a list of staff research areas, please see the research tag system and academic staff profiles.

Research Degrees Awarded

Below are details of previous MPhil/PhD topics organised by the year in which the degree was awarded:

Degrees Awarded 2013

  • Brigitte Balanda: Development of royal funerary traditions along the Middle Nile Valley during the Napatan Period
  • Enrico Crema: Spatial and temporal models of Jomon Settlement
  • Nikolas Gestrich: The Archaeology of Social Organisation at Tongo Maare Diabal, Mali (c. AD 1000)
  • Robert Homsher: Constructing Urbanism: relating the construction of the Middle Bronze Age city to the process of urbanisation
  • Elpida Kosmidou: Arms and armour in Greek coinage, c. 500-150 BC. Military, historical, socio-political and symbolic aspects
  • Kristin Leith: Expressions of Gender in the Middle and Late Broze Age Mortuary Data of the Aegean
  • Martin Locker: Landscapes of Pilgrimage in Medieval England
  • Edwinus Lyaya: The geo-archaeometallurgy of ironworking in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania
  • Jay Rees: Settlement Patterns in Roman Galicia from 27 BC - AD 409
  • Michael Shapland: Towers of Lordship: Tower-Nave churches in society and landscape of Early Medieval England
  • Brian Shottenkirk: Improvise, Adapt and Overcome. The Individual and Material Transformation in Conflict: The Great War (1914-18)
  • Thomas Thondlana: Metal workers and smelting precincts: an archaeometallurgical investigation of copper production in the Northern Lowveld, South Africa, c. AD 700-1900
  • Wenli Zhou: The technology and organisation of zinc production in Chongqing, China during the Ming and Qing dynasties

Degrees Awarded 2012

  • Roseleen Bains: The social significance of Neolithic stone bead technologies at Çatalhöyük, Turkey
  • Stefano Biagetti: Ethnoarchaeology of pastoralism in arid lands: a particularistic approach
  • Chiara Bonacchi: Communicating Archaeology: from trends to policy. Public perceptions and experience in the changing media environment
  • Dimitra Christidou: Does 'pointing at' in museum exhibitions make a point? Research of visitors' embodied responses and their use in measuring participation and meaning-making
  • Maria Dikomitou: Ceramic production, distribution and social interaction: an analytical approach to the study of Early and Middle Bronze Age pottery from Cyprus
  • Mike Galer: Shaping 'Cultural' identity and ethnicity: Roman Auxilia serving the Northern military zone of Britannia and a critical examination of their representation in museums
  • Scott Haddow: Assessing biological relationships in an Early Christian Cemetery in the Dakleh Oasis, Egypt, using dental morphology and mortuary data
  • Paul Harrison: Profane Egyptologists: lineage, legacy and cultural incorporation
  • Alice Hunt: And I called them Assyrians: an archaeological and archaeometric analysis of Neo-Assyrian palace ware
  • Xiuzhen (Janice) Li: Standardisation and labour organisation in the Bronze Weapons of the Terracotta Warriors from the Qin Dynasty, China
  • Leilani Lucas: Exploring archaeobotanical contributions in Prehistoric Cyprus
  • Ken Marks: Archaeology of Anglo-Jewry 1656-1880
  • Hilary Orange: Cornish mining landscapes: public perceptions of industrial archaeology in post-industrial society
  • Elisa Perego: The construction of personhood in Veneto between the Late Bronze Age and the early Roman period
  • Miljana Radivojevic: On the origins of metallurgy in Europe: metal production in the Vinca culture
  • Rebecca Rennell: Exploring places and landscapes of everyday experience in the Outer Hebridean Iron Age: a study of theory, method and application in experiential archaeology
  • Anastasia Sakellariadi: Archaeology for the people? Greek Archaeology and its Public, if there is one: an Analysis of the Sociopolitical and Economic Role of Archaeology in Greece from the Foundation of the Modern Greek State (1830) to the Present
  • Jane Sarre: Communities of memory: an analysis of the influence of participation and trust on the visual culture of diversity in city history galleries
  • Mary Shepperson: The use and meaning of light in Ancient Mesopotamian cities
  • Min Yin: The earliest high-fired glazed ceramics in China: scientific studies of the proto-porcelains from Zhejiang during the Shang and Zhou periods (c. 1700-221 BC)

Degrees Awarded 2011

  • Lesley Action: A perspective of urban agriculture: the allotment movement in North East Greater London 1900-2010
  • Despina Angelakou: Hellenistic relief sculpture from northern Greece
  • Lorna Angulano: Roman silver production at Rio Tinto: the case study of Corta Lago
  • Bastian Asmus: 12th Century copper production in the Harz Mountains, Northern Germany
  • Gareth Brereton: The social life of human remains: burial rites and the accummulation of capital during the transition from Neolithic to urban societies in the Near East
  • Joanne Cutler: Production systems & social dynamics: a cross-media approach to "Minoanisation" in the Southern Aegean in the Second Millennium BC
  • James Doeser: Archaeology and the State: an analysis of English Public Policy
  • Sophy Downes: The aesthetics of Empire in Athens and Persia
  • Jonathan Eagles: The reign, culture and legacy of Stephen cel Mare, voivode of Moldova: a study of ethnosymbolism in the Romanian societies
  • Angus Graham: Ports and Harbours in Pharaonic Egypt: an investigation into their location, physical nature and the activities and people therein
  • Carolyn Graves-Brown: The ideological significance of flint in Dynastic Egypt
  • Brenna Hassett: Changing World, Changing Lives: Enamel Hypoplasia and Child Health in Post Medieval London
  • Elizabeth Henton: Herd management and the social role of herding at Neolithic Çatalhöyük: an investigation using oxygen isotope and dental microwear evidence in sheep
  • Louise Iles: Technology, Society and 'Tradition': reconstructing the iron industries in Bunyoro-Kitara
  • Vassiliki Kyriakopoulou: Popular interpretation of Bronze Age sites in Greece
  • Phillipa Laurenson: Conservation and management of time-based media works of Art
  • Isabel Medina Gonzalez: Nineteenth-century three-dimensional representations of Mesoamerica: exhibitions of Mesoamerican cultures in Britain, the United States, France and Mexico, 1800-1900
  • Charlene Murphy: Pompeii, A changing city: The archaeobotanical analysis of Regio VI Insula I, Pompeii Italy
  • Elisabeth Pamberg: The socio-cultural context of the production, distribution and use of African red slip ware, AD 100 - 700
  • Alice Paterakis: The formation of acetate corrosion on Bronze Art and Antiquities: recommendations for conservation, storage and exhibition
  • Susan Poole: Gender roles and relations in the Aegean Bronze Age interpreted from the gestures, postures and inter-relational placement depicted in the imagery of frescoes, glyptics and three-dimensional artefacts
  • Carolyn Rando:  Human behavior and the temporomandibular joint
  • Anna Razeto: Imperial structures and urban forms: a comparative study of capital cities in the Roman and Han Empires
  • Isabel Rivera-Collazo: Between land and Sea in Puerto Rico: climate, coastal landscapes and human occupations in the Mid-Holocene Caribbean
  • Dorella Romanou: Co-residental group composition and the spatial design of residences: an investigation using the ethnographic and archaeological records
  • Ruth Scheidhauer: Cultural heritage interpretation and policy in Kaesong: The possibilities for Inter-Korean rapprochement through shared cultural heritage
  • Melina Smirniou: Investigation of Late Bronze Age primary glass production in Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Jixiang Song: The Agricultural economy during the Longshan period: An archaeobotanical perspective from Shandong and Shanxi
  • Nancy Tang: Visible root dentine translucency and its correlation to chronological age at death in archaeological human remains
  • Kimberley Te Winkle: Monuments and Voices: cultural resource management in Tibetan Sichuan
  • Amara Thornton: British Archaeologists, Social Networks and the Emergence of a Profession: The Social History of British Archaeology in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East 1870-1939
  • Velissaria Vanna: How different was life in a Hellenistic town to 20th century Greek urban life? A biological approach
  • Phillipa Walton: An applied numismatic analysis of the PAS Roman coin data
  • Hua Wang: Animal subsistence of the Yangshao period in the Wei River Valley, with a focus on Wayaogou Site in Shaanxi province
  • Jennifer Wexler: Copper and Bronze Age rock-cut tombs in Western Sicily: a Landscape approach

Degrees Awarded 2010

  • Georgios Alexopoulos: Mount Athos: contemporary cultural heritage management on the Holy Mountain monasteries
  • Maria Cardoso: The Gesso layers on Portuguese Baroque altarpieces
  • Kate Emery: A re-examination of variability in handaxe form in the British Palaeolithic
  • John Giblin: Pre-Colonial archaeology in Rwanda: continuity and variation in the Iron Age
  • Birger Helgestad: Power negotiations and distributions of knowledge: glyptic iconographies and visual media strategies in late fourth millenium BC western Asia
  • Christine Henshaw: Early Islamic ceramic and glaze technology at Akhsiket, Uzbekistan
  • Bonnie Hewson: Performing Arts Archives in Britain: an Exploration of Purpose, Use and Value
  • Virpi Holmqvist: Ceramics in transition: a comparative analytical study of late Byzantine- early Islamic pottery in southern Transjordan and the Negev
  • Jane Humphris: An archaeometallurgical investigation of iron smelting traditions in Southern Rwanda
  • Quetta Kaye: Material culture of drug use/social dynamics of power in the prehistoric Caribbean
  • Steve Markofsky: Illuminating the Black Sands: survey and settlement in the Bronze Age Murghab Delta, Turkmenistan
  • Eric McCann: The ceramics of Faras, Qustul, Ballana and Qasr Ibrim: a re-appraisal of pottery production and consumption in Lower Nubia during the Meroitic period
  • Ann Merriman: Quantification of ancient Egyptian funerary boat models
  • Hae Woon Park: The structuration of complexity in Ancient Korea: the Rise of Ancient States in the Nakdong River Basin from the 2nd BC to the 6th Century AD
  • Gary Robinson: The Spatial and Social Production of the Later Prehistoric Landscape of the Isles of Scilly
  • Philippa Ryan: Diversity of plant and land-use during the Near Eastern Neolithic: a phytolith perspective from Çatalhöyük
  • Rula Shafiq: Diet and Health in Relation to Changes of Urban and Rural living During the Bronze and the Iron Ages in the Southern Levant
  • Geoff Smith: A contextual approach to the study of faunal assemblages from the Lower and Middle Palaeolithic in the UK
  • Daniel Thompson: Multi-spectral archaeological prospection: a case study in the Dinar region, central Western Turkey
  • Maria Dolores Tobias: Ritual change at the end of the Maya Classic Period: a study of incense burners from the Southern Lowlands
  • Alison Weisskopf: Vegetation, agriculture and social change in Late Neolithic China: a phytolith study

Degrees Awarded 2009

  • Marilena Alivizatou: At the limits? Intangible heritage and the new museum: an ethnography of comparative museology in the UK, France, New Zealand, Vanuatu and USA
  • Fiona Haughey: Prehistory within a "difficult" landscape: the Mesolithic and Neolithic of the urban tidal Thames
  • Christophe Helmke: Ancient Maya Cave Usage: inferences from archaeological analyses of ceramic consumption and discard patterns in the Roaring Creek Valley, Belize
  • Akira Matsuda: Engaging with archaeology: a study of the relationship between local people and the excavation of the so-called “Villa of Augustus” in Somma Vesuviana, Italy
  • Sarah McCarthy: Excavating Fictions: perceptions and awareness of archaeology and the implications for archaeological resource management and use
  • Meriel McClatchie: Arable agriculture and social organisation: a study of crops and farming systems in Bronze Age Ireland
  • Sada Mire: Contextualizing religion, landscape and sacred fertility in the Horn of Africa: the ideological significance of the site of Aw-Barkhadle in Somaliland
  • Aude Mongiatti: Assaying and smelting noble metals in sixteenth century Austria: a comparative analytical study
  • Gabriel Moshenska: Archaeology and memory of the Second World War
  • Peter Popkin: The society and economy of Iron Age Transjordan: a contextual zooarchaeological analysis
  • Oliver Pryce: Copper production and technological reproduction in the Khao Wong Prachan Valley of central Thailand
  • Tobias Richter: Marginal Landscapes? The Azraq Oasis and the cultural landscapes of the final Pleistocene Levant
  • Peter Schauer: Cultural evolution in the Age of Athens: drift and selection in Greek Pottery
  • Andrew Shapland: Over the horizon: human-animal relations in Bronze Age Crete
  • Monika Steinel: A case study of the German Archaeologist Herbert Jankuhn (1905 - 1990)
  • Geoffrey Tassie: The Social and Ritual Contextualisation of Ancient Egyptian hair and hairstyles from Protodynastic to Old Kingdom
  • Isabel Villasenor-Alonso: Lowland Maya Lime Plaster Technology: a Diachronic Approach

Degrees Awarded 2008

  • Zaki Aslan: The Design of Protective Structures for the Conservation and Presentation of Archaeological Sites
  • Cesar Astuhuaman: The organisation of the Inca Provinces within the Highlands of Piura, Northern Peru
  • Sarah Byrne: Practice and Memory: A Social Interpretation of Uneapa Island's stone features in a long-term context
  • Kuang-Jen Chang: Social use and value of trade ceramics: an analysis of mortuary practices in Calatagan, Southwest Luzon, the Phillipines
  • Anna Clement: Tooth Wear Patterns in Neanderthals and Early Modern Humans
  • Claire Cohen: Silver production in Porco-Potosi, Boliva
  • Louise Cooke: Approaches to the conservation and management of earthen architecture in archaeological contexts 
  • Hannah Cordts von Löwis of Menar: The role of the ancient past in the creation/formation of national identities: middle school history education in Bavarian and Saxony between 1945 and 2000
  • Sarah De Nardi: Revisiting the sacred landscapes of Northeast Italy between the 8th century BC and the 2nd Century BC
  • Rachel Fentem: 'Orientalia' in the Aegean: dynamics, reception and impact from the Early Bronze Age to the Archaic period
  • Kalliopi Fouseki: Conflict resolution in the management of the In Situ Museums
  • Jennifer John: Postclassic iconography at Lamanai, Belize, Central America
  • Anthi Kaldelis: Roman amphorae in Cyprus: integrating trade and exchange in the Mediterranean
  • Tatiana Koussoulou: Photodegradation inhibitors for the protection of historic silks in the museum environment
  • Helen Leaf: English Medieval bone flutes c. 450 - c. 1550 AD
  • Konstantina Liwieratos: The competitive advantage strategy in cultural heritage management
  • Fatma Marii: Glass, glass cakes and tesserae from the Petra Church in Petra, Jordan
  • Duncan McAndrew: Catalyst and constraints of castle building in Suffolk, c. 1066 - 1200 AD
  • Wendy Monkhouse: Forms of ancient Egyptian knowledge: studies in transmission
  • Sam Nixon: The archaeology of Essouk-Tadmekka: new data and a new methodology for the study of medieval trans-Saharan trading centres of West Africa
  • Catherine Pearson: Curators, Culture and Conflict: the effects of the Second World War on Museums in Britain, 1926-1965
  • Ioannis Poulios: Living sites: the past in the present - the monastic centre of Meteora, Greece
  • Ben Samphire: Minds in Prehistory: conceptual issues in the archaeology and evolution of mind
  • Caroline Sandes: The conservation and presentation of fragmentary archaeological features in modern urban contexts: post-war redevelopment in London, Berlin and Beirut
  • Jacqueline Zak: Boundaries and 'trading zones' between conservation and archaeology

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