School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Material Culture

Material Culture


This research theme is an interdisciplinary group for researchers in the field of material culture. We have distinctive strengths in innovative material culture studies of all periods, from later prehistory to the present.

We are exploring the relationship between material culture and social inequality through readings and discussions, and by inviting selected speakers who have researched the problem in innovative and heterodox ways.

We use state-of the-art technology and a wide range of theoretical and methodological perspectives to identify and interpret artefacts.

As always, we are taking a broad approach, which favours interdisciplinary, cross-period and cross-cultural research into the problem. The aim of the research theme is to provide a space for:

  • reviewing and discussing recent work
  • seeking feedback on research proposals and papers
  • stimulating new projects

The research theme's convener is Dr Andrea Dolfini, and the theme is open to all interested researchers at Newcastle University, including staff and postgraduate students.

Cluster for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies

In 2009, we established the Cluster for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies (CIAS). This is a catalyst and platform for artefact-centred research within the School.

Through CIAS, members of this research theme work collaboratively on applied and commercial projects with a wide range of partners.

Visit the Cluster for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies (CIAS) website to find out about:

  • recent projects
  • our artefact consultancy work
  • our innovative online resources for students
  • specialist masterclasses on artefact analysis


We hold regular research seminars on topics concerning material culture.


Find out which members of staff and PhD students are involved in this research theme.

Dr Jonathan Andrews
Reader in the History of Psychiatry

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5756

Dr Scott Ashley
Lecturer in Medieval History

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5075

Professor Helen Berry
Professor of British History

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5562

Dr Francesco Carrer
NU Academic Track Fellow (NUAcT)

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 4455

Dr Rob Collins
Project Manager & Research Co-ordinator

Telephone: 0191 208 3125

Dr Andrea Dolfini
Senior Lecturer in Later Prehistory

Telephone: +44 (0)191 2083402

Dr Chris Fowler
Head of Archaeology & Senior Lecturer in Later Prehistoric Archaeology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5759

Dr James Gerrard
Senior Lecturer in Roman Archaeology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5502

Dr Myra Giesen
Visiting Fellow (School of History, Classics and Archaeology) & Research Associate (School of Engineering)

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8691

Professor Ian Haynes
Professor of Archaeology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7847

Dr Matthew Haysom
Lecturer Ancient History & Archaeology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 2224

Dr Sophie Hueglin
Visiting Fellow

Dr Cristiano Iaia
Visiting Fellow

Dr Tatiana Ivleva
Visiting Fellow


Dr Mark Jackson
Senior Lecturer in Archaeology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5240

Dr Adam Morton
Lecturer in the History of Britain


Dr Caron Newman
Teacher 19/20

Telephone: c/o 0191 208 7846

Dr Lisa-Marie Shillito
Senior Lecturer in Landscape Archaeology; Director of Archaeology Labs

Telephone: 01912082226

Dr Joseph Skinner
Lecturer in Ancient Greek History

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 8996

Professor Sam Turner
Professor of Archaeology / Director, McCord Centre for Landscape

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8110

Dr Sally Waite
Lecturer in Greek Art and Archaeology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5330

Dr Jane Webster
Senior Lecturer in Historical Archaeology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7575


PhD students

  • Monica Haysom
  • Raphael Hermann
  • Andrew Marriott
  • Frances McIntosh
  • Stephanie Moat
  • Marco Romeo Pitone
  • Michael Smith
  • Amber Roy
  • Peter Topping
  • Evan Scherer
  • Thomas Whitfield

Recent PhD students

  • Dr Maria Duggan