School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Lisa-Marie Shillito

Senior Lecturer in Landscape Archaeology; Director of Archaeology Labs


Roles and Responsibilities

Director of the Wolfson Archaeology Laboratory and Earthslides
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 UKRI Future Leadership Fellows and AHRC Peer Review Colleges

Editor of the Archaeological Journal

Associate Editor Geoarchaeology Journal

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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. 

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Current Research Projects

TerraSAgE: Terraces as Sustainable Agricultural Environments (AHRC 2019 - 2022)

Biofuels and Respiratory Health at 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 - 2020)


Rome Transformed (ERC 2019 - 2024)

Round Mounds of the Isle of Man

Olynthos Project

Past Research Projects

Ecology of Crusading

Central Zagros Archaeological Project

Feeding Stonehenge

Margat Castle

Postgraduate Supervision

Alicia Sawyer (Research Excellence Academy Studentship 2017 - 2020)

Mara Schumacher (AHRC Northern Bridge Studentship 2018 - 2021)


Module leader

ARA2004 - Animals, Plant and People: An Introduction to Environmental Archaeology

ARA3004 - Geoarchaeology

ARA3000, ARA3001, ARA3002, ARA3003 - Dissertations in Archaeology (including joint subjects)

Module contributor

ARA8234 - Landscape Archaeology Theory and Practice

ARA1026 - Introduction to Archaeological Science

ARA1027 - Introduction to Archaeology

ARA3119 - You are what you make: the archaeology of technology and production