School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Lisa-Marie Shillito

Lecturer in Landscape Archaeology


Roles and Responsibilities

Director of the Wolfson Archaeology Laboratory

Previous positions

Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh.

Research Associate (Geoarchaeology), University of Reading.

Research Associate (Archaeological Chemistry), University of York.

Research Assistant (Geoarchaeology), University of Reading.


PhD Chemistry and Archaeology, University of Reading.

NERC MSc Geoarchaeology, University of Reading.

BA (Hons) Geography, University of Oxford.


I am an environmental archaeologist with expertise in geoarchaeology and chemistry. My research focuses on understanding the relationships between people and their environments in the past, and how we can use the long term perspectives of archaeology to inform modern day responses to environmental change. The majority of my early work focused on Neolithic societies in the Near East, and I have worked for over a decade at the World Heritage Site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey. More recently I have expanded my focus to include the Neolithic of Britain, through my work as a Research Associate for the AHRC Feeding Stonehenge project, and I am currently working at the Ness of Brodgar in Orkney. I also have interests in the early prehistory of North America.

Current Research Projects

Catalhoyuk World Heritage Site, Turkey

Boncuklu Hoyuk, Turkey

Kamiltepe, Azerbaijan

Tell Khaiber, Iraq

Ness of Brodgar, Orkney

Paisley Caves, Oregon USA

Past Research Projects

Ecology of Crusading

Central Zagros Archaeological Project

Feeding Stonehenge

Margat Castle

Honours and External Appointments

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries Newcastle Upon Tyne

Member of the Orkney Archaeology Society

Assistant editor, Landscape Research journal


Module leader

ARA2004 - Environmental Archaeology

ARA3004 - Geoarchaeology

ARA3001, ARA3002, ARA3003 - Dissertations in Archaeology (including joint subjects)

ARA8234 - Landscape Archaeology Theory and practice (with Paddy Gleeson)


ARA1026 - Introduction to Archaeological Science

ARA1027 - Introduction to Archaeology