School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Lisa-Marie Shillito

Lecturer in Landscape Archaeology


Roles and Responsibilities

Deputy Degree Programme Director for Archaeology

Director of the Wolfson Archaeology Laboratory

University Open Access Steering Group HASS Faculty representative

University Innovation and Engagement Group, HCA representative

Previous positions

Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh, 2013 - 2015.

Research Associate (Geoarchaeology), University of Reading, 2012 - 2013.

Research Associate (Archaeological Chemistry), University of York, 2010 - 2012.

Research Assistant (Geoarchaeology), University of Reading, 2008 - 2010.


PhD Chemistry and Archaeology, University of Reading, 2008.

NERC MSc Geoarchaeology, University of Reading, 2004.

BA (Hons) Geography, University of Oxford, 2003.

Honours and External Appointments

Member of the AHRC Peer Review College

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries Newcastle Upon Tyne

Member of the Orkney Archaeology Society

Editor of the Archaeological Journal

Assistant editor Landscape Research journal


I am an environmental archaeologist with expertise in geoarchaeology and chemistry. My research focuses on understanding the relationships between people and their environments in the past, and how we can use the long term perspectives of archaeology to inform modern day responses to environmental change. The majority of my early work focused on Neolithic societies in the Near East, and I have worked for over a decade at the World Heritage Site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey. More recently I have expanded my focus to include the Neolithic of Britain, through my work as a Research Associate for the AHRC Feeding Stonehenge project, and I am currently working at the Ness of Brodgar in Orkney. I also have interests in the early prehistory of North America.

I am happy to discuss potential PhD or postdoctoral projects, either collaborative linked to my current projects (below), or your own research related to any aspect of my thematic and methodological interests. 

Google Scholar profile can be found here.

ORCID profile here.

Current Research Projects

Catalhoyuk World Heritage Site, Turkey (Wellcome Trust 2017 - 2018)

Ness of Brodgar, Orkney (Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Orkney Archaeology Society 2013 - )

Paisley Caves, Oregon USA (NERC 2016 - 2019)

Past Research Projects

Ecology of Crusading

Central Zagros Archaeological Project

Feeding Stonehenge

Margat Castle

Postgraduate Supervision

Alicia Sawyer (Research Excellence Academy Studentship 2017 - 2020)


Module leader

ARA2004 - Environmental Archaeology

ARA3004 - Geoarchaeology

ARA3001, ARA3002, ARA3003 - Dissertations in Archaeology (including joint subjects)

ARA8234 - Landscape Archaeology Theory and practice (with Paddy Gleeson)


ARA1026 - Introduction to Archaeological Science

ARA1027 - Introduction to Archaeology