Staff Profile


Dr. Emilie Sibbesson

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Humanities

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 921670

Profile summary

I'm an archaeologist with research interests in food technologies, the origins and spread of food production, the integration of natural sciences and the humanities in archaeology, prehistoric ceramic analysis, and late 19th century archaeology. I hold a BA in Archaeology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and an MA and PhD from the University of Southampton. I'm involved in research on Neolithic food technology, the transition to farming in north-west Europe, and the 19th century archaeologist Oscar Montelius. I have worked on excavations in the Channel Islands, Sussex, the Stonehenge landscape, Northumberland, and the Outer Hebrides. I'm Secretary of the Prehistoric Ceramics Research Group.

Teaching and subject expertise

I convene undergraduate modules on prehistoric Europe and archaeological theory, and I contribute to teaching of artefact analysis, heritage law, archaeological fieldwork, and research skills.

I welcome postgraduate interest in aspects of prehistoric, culinary, scientific (isotopes & residues), or ceramic archaeology.

External activities

Conference organisation

2016 - Prehistoric pottery: Time for a change? (with Alistair Barclay) Annual Meeting of the Prehistoric Ceramics Research Group, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury

2014 - Neolithic Bodies (with Penny Bickle) Annual Meeting of the Neolithic Studies Group, British Museum, London

2012 - Insight from Innovation: New Light on Archaeological Ceramics (with Ben Jervis, Sarah Coxon and Pina Franco), University of Southampton

Conference papers and invited talks

2016 - What's cooking in the Neolithic? Annual Meeting of the Neolithic Studies Group: Food and Farming in the Neolithic, British Museum, UK

2016 - The lost revolution: Current archaeological thinking on the origins of agriculture. Dublin Gastronomy Symposium: Food and Revolution, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland

2015 - A big ask? Sampling complex ceramic assemblages for scientific analysis. Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, University of Glasgow, UK

2014 - Sherd science: A ceramic-friendly approach to residue analysis. Annual Meeting of the Prehistoric Ceramics Research Group, University of Sheffield, UK

2013 – Transformations in cookery and clay: the first thousand years of pottery in prehistoric Oxfordshire. Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery, University of Oxford, UK

2013 – The relentless porridge: on the interpretive potential of Neolithic cookery. Later Prehistory of Atlantic Europe, University of Southampton, UK

2012 – Food and the 4th millennium BC: evidence from ceramic residues. Material Culture Series, Newcastle University, UK

2011 – Is agriculture the root of all evil? An archaeological perspective. Food Studies Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Nevada, US

2011 – Dietary dichotomies and new data. The Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in North-West Europe: The Impact of New Scientific Techniques, University of Bradford, UK 

2009 - Ceramic matters: the pottery from Early Neolithic Kilverstone, Norfolk. Neolithic Studies Group Annual Meeting, British Museum, London UK

The Prehistoric Society
Neolithic Studies Group
Prehistoric Ceramics Research Group (Secretary)
World Archaeological Congress

Publications and research outputs

2016. Insight from Innovation: New Light on Archaeological Ceramics. Papers in Honour of Professor David Peacock. (edited with B. Jervis and S. Coxon) Highfield Press

2015. Modern techniques of palaeodietary reconstruction. In K. Albala (ed.) Food Issues: An Encyclopedia. SAGE Reference

2015. Spread of food technology and ideas about food. In K.B. Metheny and M. Beaudry (eds.) Archaeology of Food: An Encyclopedia. Rowman & Littlefield

2014. Transformations in cookery and clay: the first thousand years of pottery in prehistoric Oxfordshire. In M. McWilliams (ed.) Food & Material Culture. Proceedings of the 2013 Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery. Prospect Books

2013. (with A.M. Jones) Archaeological complexity: Materials, multiplicity and the transitions to agriculture in Britain. In B. Alberti, A.M. Jones, and J. Pollard (eds.) Archaeology After Interpretation: Returning Materials to Archaeological Theory. Left Coast Press

2013. Visitors at the trench edge: Archaeology and outreach at Historic Dilston, Northumberland, UK. In N. Carr & C. Walker (eds.) Tourism and Archaeology: Sustainable Meeting Grounds. Left Coast Press

2012. Social fabrics: People and pottery at Early Neolithic Kilverstone, Norfolk. In H. Anderson-Whymark & J. Thomas (eds.) Regional Perspectives on Neolithic Pit Deposition: Beyond the Mundane. Oxbow Books

In prep. Neolithic Bodies. (edited with P. Bickle) Oxbow Books


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