School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Mark Jackson

Lecturer in Archaeology


Roles and Responsibilities

Degree Programme Director, Archaeology masters' programmes:
MA Archaeology
MA Roman Frontiers Studies

Schools-Liaison Officer for Archaeology

Cowen Library Representative

Archaeology Research Seminar convener

Manager of the Gertrude Bell Photographic Archive


BA (Hons) 1995 Archaeology
MA 1996 Methods in Byzantine Archaeology,
PhD 2001 Title: "Kilise Tepe in Byzantine Isauria"
Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice 2007.

Previous Positions

Research Fellow AHRB Centre for Byzantine Cultural History, Newcastle University


Research Interests

My research is based mostly on the Eastern Mediterranean with a focus on Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. I work especially on:

  • Early Byzantine Ceramics,
  • Roman and Byzantine Settlement and Housing,
  • Pilgrimage and Sacred Places,
  • Approaches to Archaeology, Art and Text,
  • Gertrude Bell

Other Expertise

As Manager of the Gertrude Bell Photographic Archive, I have a research interest in Bell and other archaeologists of the 19th and early 20th century. I work closely with a variety of people across the world, including especially TV and radio journalists, museums, academics and members of the public who wish to use photographs for both commercial and private purposes.

In 2015 I spoke on Bell at a day-conference for British army officers 'Gertrude Bell and T E Lawrence - Lessons for the Contemporary Operating Environment' which resulted in a paper in the British Army Review.

On 11-13 September 2013, The British Institute for the Study of Iraq and the British Academy in collaboration with the Gertrude Bell Archive at Newcastle University held a three-day academic conference examining the life and legacy of Gertrude Bell for which I organized a digital photographic exhibition and wrote a paper to be published in the proceedings


Current Work

I have recently been Co-Curator (with Andrew Parkin) of The Extraordinary Gertrude Bell a new major exhibition at the Great North Museum Hancock 30 January - 3rd May 2016.  for which we edited a series of papers on the research of various colleagues on aspects of Gertrude Bell's life.

A recent collaboration with Lydia Wysocki, comic artist John Miers, the Young Archaeologists Club and the Robinson Library resulted in our production of the Gertrude Bell comics to encourage school students into primary texts

I have participated in the Bogsak Archaeological Survey directed by Dr Günder Varinlioğlu, and presented a paper at “New Approaches to Historic Landscapes,” held at the Bomonti Campus of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (MSGSÜ) on February 15-16, 2016

I participate in the Apalirou Environs Survey, Naxos for which I work particularly on the Byzantine ceramics

As Co-Director for the Byzantine, since 2007 I have been directing the excavation of the Byzantine levels at Kilise Tepe, in the Göksu Valley, Turkey with Prof. J.N.Postgate (Cambridge). Kilise Tepe is a mound which dates from the early Bronze Age to the Byzantine period.

Since 2009 I have been directing teams from Newcastle carrying out the survey and ceramic processing of several Late Roman Red Slipped Ware kiln sites from Pisidia, Turkey as part of the Pisidia Survey Project Directed by Dr Lutgarde Vandeput (BIAA) and Dr Veli Kose (Hacettepe University).

Since 2010 I have been working as part of the Çatalhöyük Research Project on the late cemetery in the 4040 area at Çatalhöyük. I have recently prepared a paper for publication on the late burials from the 4040 area with my former research student Dr Sophie Moore.

Future Research

I plan to continue with current research projects as several of them enter final stages of writing up.

Research Roles

Kilise Tepe Project, Turkey (Co-Director for the Byzantine)

Recently I have given research papers at:

  • New Approaches to Historic Landscapes Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul (Feb 2016)

  • Death in Byzantium (30 May 2015)
  • Panel member, “If I could sink my teeth into the whole earth” Chaired debate Fine Art, Newcastle University (17 April 2015)
  • Roman Research Discussion Group, Oxford (January 2015)
  • Ancient Near Eastern Seminar, Cambridge (November 2014) 
  • Gertrude Bell Archive, Newcastle Interdisciplinary Seminar (October 2014) 
  • Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology Seminar, Oxford (October 2013) 
  • Gertrude Bell and Iraq: A life and Legacy, British Academy (Sept 2013) 
  • Research Seminar Series, Edinburgh (March 2013)
  • Gertrude Bell in Asia Minor, Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle (October 2012)
  • Byzantine Ceramics, Kings College London (February 2012)
  • Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology Seminar, Oxford (May 2011)
  • McDonald Institute Research Seminar, Cambridge (May 2009)
  • Symposium of Excavations, Surveys and Archaeometry, Ankara (May/June 2008)
  • Archaeology of the Countryside in Medieval Anatolia, Leiden (Feb 2008)
  • The archaeologies of Byzantium, Edinburgh (2008)
  • International Conference on Rough Cilicia, Nebraska (Oct 2007)
  • Recent Research on Byzantine Pottery, London (June 2007)
  • Byzantine Congress, London (August 2006)
  • Concealed Communities, Newcastle (Dec 2005)
  • Byzantine Symposium on Performance, Belfast (April 2005)
  • IIe Congrès International sur la céramique commune, La céramique culinaire et les amphores de l’antiquité Tardive en Méditerranée: Archéologie et Archaéométrie (April 2005) (with R.S. Gabrieli and A. Kaldelis)
  • Byzantine Symposium on Trade, Oxford (March 2004)

I organised at Newcastle:

'Experiencing Death in Byzantium' Co-hosted with Dr Sophie Moore and Dr Niamh Bhalla 29 May 2015.

'Experiencing Byzantium'. Dr Claire Nesbitt (Durham) and I have brought together and edited a collection of papers  to be published by Ashgate in autumn 2013. This volume builds on the 44th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies 8th - 10th April 2011 hosted in Newcastle upon Tyne as a Newcastle University and Durham University joint venture, under the auspices of the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies. The interdisciplinary theme, 'Experiencing Byzantium', embraced all aspects of Byzantine studies and brought together historians, art historians, archaeologists and palaeographers.

'Light: a Christmas Symposium' 11 December 2009 (with Dr Sam Turner, Newcastle University) and was organizer for the day-conference, Archaeology Art and text in Byzantium, held at Newcastle upon Tyne on 10th December 2004.

'Art, Archaeology and Text in Byzantium', December 2004

Postgraduate Supervision

Katie Green “Rural Byzantine Landscapes and Societies: New Approaches to Characterization and Analysis” Awarded PhD 2013 (co-supervised with Dr Sam Turner) 

Sophie Moore “A Relational Approach to Mortuary Practices within Medieval Byzantine Anatolia”.   (co-supervised with Dr Chris Fowler) Awarded PhD 2013 

Vasiliki Manolopoulou (PhD student, co-supervised with Dr Sam Turner) Awarded PhD 2016 

Maria Duggan (PhD student, co-supervised with Dr Sam Turner and Dr James Gerrard) Awarded PhD 2015

Eniko Hudak (MLitt student, co-supervised with Dr James Gerrard) 

I am interested in supervising research students in areas of my research.

Esteem Indicators

Visiting Scholar, Trinity College, Cambridge (Feb-May 2009)

Member of Executive Committee Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies (2009-2012) 

Member of the Council of the British Institute at Ankara (2006-2009)


  • Catherine Cookson Fund (2015)
  • Newcastle Institute for Creative Arts Practice (CI) (2015)
  • HaSS Faculty Impact Fund (2015)
  • Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies (2013)
  • Dumbarton Oaks Washington D.C. Fieldwork Grant, Kilise Tepe (2011)
  • Newcastle University HASS Faculty Research Fund Grant (2009)
  • Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies (2009)
  • Dumbarton Oaks Washington D.C. Fieldwork Grant, Kilise Tepe (2009)
  • Newcastle University HASS Faculty Research Fund Grant (2008)
  • In 2007, a British Academy large grant was awarded for the Kilise Tepe Archaeological Excavation. I was co-investigator and the PI was Prof. J.N. Postgate (Cambridge)


Undergraduate Teaching

Semester 1 2015-2016 (research leave Semester 2 2015-16):

  • ARA2091 Archaeologies of the Roman Empire
  • ARA3016 Archaeology of Byzantium and its Neighbours (Module Leader)
  • ARA1027 Introduction to Archaeology

Other modules when not on research leave (Semester 2 2015-16):

  • ARA1001 Stuff: Living in a Material World
  • ARA3023 Dissertation
  • CAH 3024 Dissertation

Postgraduate Teaching

Degree Programme Director and personal tutor for taught postgraduates on our Suite of MA Programmes:
MA Archaeology
MA Roman Frontier Studies

Module Leader for:

  • ARA8090 Themes, Theories and Skills in Archaeology
  • ARA8116 Archaeology of Byzantium and its Neighbours
  • ARA8106 Independent Research Project in Archaeology
  • ARA8107 Independent Research Project in Archaeology
  • ARA8099 MA Dissertation (on leave 2016)
  • ARA8172 Graduate Seminar in Byzantine Archaeology (on leave 2016)