Institute of Archaeology


Ruth Pelling - Honorary Senior Research Fellow


Name: Dr Ruth Pelling

Honorary Title: Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Email: Ruth.Pelling@gmail.com

IoA staff nominator’s name and email address:

Corisande Fenwick c.fenwick@ucl.ac.uk


Ruth is an alumna of UCL having completed her doctorate with Dorian Fuller, graduating in 2007. Currently she is working collaboratively with Corisande Fenwick examining aspects of past agriculture and vegetation in North Morocco. Ruth is the project Archaeobotanist for the UCL and Institut National des Sciences de l'Archéologie et du Patrimoine, Morocco, excavation project at Volubilis, Morocco, through which she is teaching both UCL and Moroccan students the principals of sampling and archaeobotanical analysis.


Selected recent publications

  • Henry, R, Roberts, D, Grant, M, Pelling, R, and Marshall, P (2019). A Contextual Analysis of the Late Roman Pewsey and Wilcot Vessel Hoards, Wiltshire. Britannia, 50, 149-184. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0068113X19000266
  • Worley, F,  Madgwick, R, Pelling, R, Marshall, P, Evans, J A, Lamb, A L, López-Dóriga, I L, Bronk Ramsey, C, Dunbar, E, Reimer, P, Vallender, J, Roberts, D  2019 ‘Understanding Middle Neolithic food and farming in and around the Stonehenge World Heritage Site: An integrated approach’, Journal of Archaeological Science Reports 26, published online June 2019, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2019.05.003
  • Fuller, D Q and Pelling, R 2018 ‘Plant Economy: Archaeobotanical Studies’ in Fentress, E and Limane, H (eds) Volubilis après Rome: Les fouilles UCL/INSAP, 2000-2005 (Arts and Archaeology of the Islamic World), Leiden: Brill, 349–368
  • Pelling, R 2018 ‘Archaeobotanical Evidence’ and ‘Archaeobotanical Samples: Roman Phases’, in Wilmott, T and Garner, D (eds) The Roman Amphitheatre of Chester, Volume 1: The Prehistoric and Roman archaeology, Oxford: Oxbow Books, p 47-56 and 377-379
  • Campbell G V, Barnett C, Carruthers W, Pearson L, Pelling R, Smith D N 2018 ‘Changing Perspectives: Exploring Ways and Means of Collaborating in Environmental Archaeology’ in Pişkin E., Marciniak A., Bartkowiak M. (eds) Environmental Archaeology: Current Theoretical and Methodological Approaches. Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology, Cham: Springer