Degree Programme Director, Archaeology masters' programmes:
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.
Research Fellow AHRB Centre for Byzantine Cultural History, Newcastle University
My research is based mostly on the Eastern Mediterranean with a focus on Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. I work especially on:
As Manager of the Gertrude Bell Photographic Archive http://www.gerty.ncl.ac.uk/, 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 http://www.bisi.ac.uk/content/gertrude-bell-and-iraq-life-and-legacy-conference-4.
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=P7lNEc6QwDc 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 http://research.ncl.ac.uk/gertrudecomics/
I have participated in the Bogsak Archaeological Survey directed by Dr Günder Varinlioğlu http://bogsakarchaeology.org/, 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 http://www.ncl.ac.uk/historical/research/project/4854
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.
I plan to continue with current research projects as several of them enter final stages of writing up.
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)
I organised at Newcastle:
'Experiencing Death in Byzantium' Co-hosted with Dr Sophie Moore and Dr Niamh Bhalla 29 May 2015. http://www.ncl.ac.uk/historical/research/conferences/ExperiencingDeathinByzantium.htm
'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
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.
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)
Semester 1 2015-2016 (research leave Semester 2 2015-16):
Other modules when not on research leave (Semester 2 2015-16):
Degree Programme Director and personal tutor for taught postgraduates on our Suite of MA Programmes:
MA Roman Frontier Studies
Module Leader for: