Dr Jane Webster
Senior Lecturer in Historical Archaeology and Head of Archaeology

Roles and Responsibilities

I am Head of the Archaeology Section 

I maintain the Heritage City website, which helps students from across the University find dissertation and project work centred on historic Newcastle  http://research.ncl.ac.uk/heritagecity/

I am also leader of the Newcastle University branch of the Young Archaeologists Club (a club for children aged 8-16), which is run by myself and student volunteers. www.britarch.ac.uk/yac/branches/newcastle/

Undergraduate Teaching

My principal modules are ARA 1030 Britain from the Romans-Present, ARA 2097 Historical Archaeology of the Modern World, ARA 3031 Britain after 1500, and ARA 3001-3 Dissertation Research Training.  I also teach the writing skills course WriteRight, which helps students improve their written assessment work. Many Newcastle archaeology students undertake fieldwork training with me, at the Derwentcote Steelworks site, Tyne & Wear. Local volunteers and sixth-formers wanting to get some excavation experience can also dig with us for free: http://festival.britarch.ac.uk/whatson

You can download a copy of the 2009/10 Module Handbook for ARA 3031 Britain after 1500 from the teaching resouces page on the Society for Historical Archaeology website at http://www.sha.org/research_resources/syllabus.cfm

I maintain the Heritage City website, which helps students from across the University find dissertation and project work centred on historic Newcastle  http://research.ncl.ac.uk/heritagecity/

 

Winner of the Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Teacher Award 2011. 

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/press.office/newslink/item/teaching-excellence-rewarded

Research Interests

I am an Historical Archaeologist in the widest sense of that term. My research crosses traditional frontiers (both temporal and disciplinary) but focuses on colonial material culture, from the early Roman Empire to the eighteenth century. My work explores the material culture of colonial subjects (including indigenous peoples and slaves), and examines the uses that these groups made of ‘foreign’ or imposed material things, as they created new identities in new circumstances. I work mainly in two fields: Romano-British iconography and the archaeology of slavery (looking at the latter in both in the Roman period and between 1660 and 1807). I am currently writing a book called Material Culture of the Middle Passage, looking at the social world of slave ships making the Atlantic sea crossing that took slaves to the New World during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Webster, J and Cooper, N (eds) (1996) Roman Imperlialism: Post-Colonial Perspectives can be read online at  https://lra.le.ac.uk/handle/2381/9179

Read my 2007 article in British Archaeology, called 'Ringed with the wrecks of slave ships: the Atlantic slave trade' at http://www.britarch.ac.uk/ba/ba94/feat1.shtml

My 2010 paper 'A distant diaspora; thinking comparatively about origins, migrations and Roman slavery' can be accessed at http://www.diaspora.uiuc.edu/news0310/news0310.html#3

 

Postgraduate Supervision

I am currently supervising PhD candidates working on 19th century oral history and material culture; 18th century british Loyalist settlers in Canada; the comparative archaeology of mimesis in the Roman provinces; and the artefact biography of trade goods on slave ships . I am also supervising an MLitt on overt resistance and slavery in the Americas. I would be very happy to hear from prospective students with interests in either Romano-British or Historical Archaeology (post AD 1500), and particularly in the archaeology of slavery at any period.

Projects