School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Alex Turner

Research Associate (Archaeology)


I contribute to teaching on the following modules


ARA1026 Introduction to Archaeological Science

ARA2012 Fieldwork and Archaeological Practice


MA Field Skills in Archaeology 

ARA8090 Research Themes, Theories and Skills in Archaeology

ARA8120 Recording Historic Buildings 


Research Interests

A major strand of my current research is the development of an holistic methodology employing, amongst other techniques, GIS, laser scanning and geophysical prospection to enable greater understanding of structures ranging from the Scavi beneath the streets of Rome to the early medieval churches of Naxos in Greece and closer to home some of the finest examples of early churches in the north east of England. An example of the applied level of my research would include the managing of the complex geomatics for the Lateran Project, working on the recording of the scavi below the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome, with amongst others Ian Haynes (Newcastle University), Paolo Liverani (University of Florence) and Salvatore Piro (ITABAC-CNR), Rome. Following on from my work as co-author of the Wearmouth-Jarrow project, which was published in 2013, I am currently involved in applying enhanced survey methodology to these important sites in the coming year.

Other Expertise

With over 30 years of experience in the archaeological arena, I have developed expertise in a range of fields that include GIS, computing and geophysical, landscape and building survey.

Current Work

I am currently a research associate within the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.  I also co-ordinate the geomatics for the current excavation at Maryport in Cumbria for Ian Haynes (Newcastle University), the Etal Project, Northumberland with Sarah Semple (Durham University), Rob Collins (Newcastle University) and Sam Turner (Newcastle University). In warmer climes I have also been involved in exciting new projects involving high resolution laser scanning and survey of early medieval settlements and landscapes in Naxos, Greece and Catalonia, Spain.