Dr Mark Jackson
Lecturer in Archaeology

Roles and Responsibilities

Degree Programme Director, Archaeology masters programmes:
MA Archaeology
MA Frontiers of the Roman World

School's Liaison Officer for Archaeology

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 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.

Other Expertise

As curator of the Gertrude Bell Photographic Archive, I have a research interest in Bell and other archaeologists of the 19th and early 20th century. I have recently been working with Prof Robert Ousterhout on the republication of W. Ramsay and G. Bell 1909 The Thousand and One Churches: www.museum.upenn.edu/new/publications/Titles/1001churches.shtml

Current Work

'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.

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.

Currently I am working on the publication of Roman and Byzantine ceramics from:
o The Alahan Pottery Project (directed September 2005)
o The Göksu Archaeological Project, Turkey (directed by Dr Hugh Elton, BIAA)

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:
o Oxford (October 2013) 
o Gertrude Bell and Iraq: A life and Legacy, British Academy (Sept 2013) 
o Edinburgh (March 2013) 
o Kings College London (February 2012)
o Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology Seminar, Oxford (May 2011)
o McDonald Institute Cambridge (May 2009)
o Symposium of Excavations, Surveys and Archaeometry, Ankara (May/June 2008)
o Archaeology of the Countryside in Medieval Anatolia, Leiden (Feb 2008)
o The archaeologies of Byzantium, Edinburgh (2008)
o International Conference on Rough Cilicia, Nebraska (Oct 2007)
o Recent Research on Byzantine Pottery, London (June 2007)
o Byzantine Congress, London (August 2006)
o Concealed Communities, Newcastle (Dec 2005)
o Byzantine Symposium on Performance, Belfast (April 2005)
o 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)
o Byzantine Symposium on Trade, Oxford (March 2004)

I organised at Newcastle:
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.

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”.  Awarded PhD 2013 (co-supervised with Dr Chris Fowler)

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

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

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

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

Esteem Indicators

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)


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

2013-2014 Module Leader for:
ARA3016 Archaeology of Byzantium and its Neighbours
ARA1001 Stuff: Living in a Material World

Other BA Modules contributed to in 2013-14:
ARA1027 Introduction to Archaeology
ARA2091 Archaeologies of the Roman Empire
ARA3028 Dissertation training
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

2013-2014 Module Leader for MA Modules:
ARA8172 Graduate Seminar in Byzantine Archaeology
ARA8099 Dissertation

Other MA Modules contributed to in 2013-14:
ARA8090 Research Themes Theories and Skills in Archaeology