School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Alex Turner

Research Associate (Archaeology)


Research Interests

A major strand of my current research is the development of an holistic methodology employing, amongst other techniques, GIS, laser scanning and geophysical prospection to enable greater understanding of structures ranging from the excavations beneath the streets of Rome to the fabric of early medieval churches in Greece and closer to home the World Heritage site of Hadrian's Wall.

Other Expertise

With over 40 years of experience in the archaeological arena, I have developed a broad range of expertise in the applied fields of GIS, database programming, computer modelling and geophysical, landscape and building survey.

Current Work

I am a Research Associate within the School of History, Classics and Archaeology. The majority of my work currently involves the application of a range of digitally based techniques to two major projects. The first, Rome Transformed with Ian Haynes from Newcastle and Paolo Liverani from Florence looks at the first ever large-scale assessment of the political, military and religious regeneration that emerged between the 1st and 8th centuries in the Caelian quarter of Rome and is funded by an ERC grant. By way of contrast, the second, The Hadrian's Wall Community Archaeology Project, with Sam Turner and Rob Collins from Newcastle, is looking at the Heritage at Risk and investigates the reuse of stone removed from across the whole of this World Heritage Site. WallCAP is funded by a Heritage Lottery grant.


I contribute to teaching on the following modules


ARA2012 Fieldwork and Archaeological Practice


MA Field Skills in Archaeology 

ARA8090 Research Themes, Theories and Skills in Archaeology

ARA8120 Recording Historic Buildings (module leader)