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Our Team

On this page you can view the university staff profile pages and research interests of the Archaeology team.

Dr Ellie Williams

Subject Lead

Ellie teaches human osteology and zooarchaeology. Her areas of interest include funerary archaeology, osteoarchaeology and public engagement, medieval archaeology, faunal foodways, and community archaeology. She is currently collaborating with the British Museum on the Amara West Project, northern Sudan, where she is exploring daily life through the zooarchaeological remains, and with CITiZAN’S East Kent Discovery Programme on the role of community archaeology projects for Kentish coastal communities.

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Dr Andy Seaman

Programme Director

Andy teaches post-Roman and medieval archaeology. His research focuses on early medieval 'Celtic' Britain, and he is currently directing two fieldwork projects in south Wales. Recent publications have examined settlement and landscape in post-Roman Wales, the conversion to Christianity, and the socio-political geography of early medieval Wales.

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Dr Jay Ingate

Lecturer

Jay teaches late northern European prehistory, Roman archaeology, and archaeological theory. His research centres on Roman urbanism in the northern provinces, with particular emphasis on the symbolic and ritual uses of water in Roman towns. He maintains wider interests in Iron Age landscape studies, theoretical approaches to archaeology, the historiography of British archaeology, and the role of archaeology in the Environmental Humanities. He is currently working on a number of projects that use Roman archaeology as a way to better understand the complexity of the climate crisis.

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Dr Lindsey Büster

Lecturer

Lindsey teaches Themes in Holocene Prehistory and the Archaeology of Prehistoric Britain. Her research focuses on later prehistoric ritual and domestic life, non-normative funerary practices and cave archaeology, and she co-directs fieldwork at the Covesea Caves: a prehistoric mortuary landscape in north-east Scotland. Her recent publications explore how contemporary social theory can inform us on experiences death, dying and bereavement in the past, and she currently works on the ERC-funded project COMMIOS, which uses socio-cultural and scientific approaches (osteology, stable isotopes and aDNA) to understand Iron Age population dynamics, connectivity and mobility across Britain and the Near Continent. 

Dr Leonie Hicks 

Reader 

Leonie teaches medieval history and archaeology. Her specialism is the history and archaeology of the Normans in Europe and she is currently working on a project that considers the relationship between landscapes and historical writing in Norman chronicles. 

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Dr Alex Kent

Reader 

Alex is Reader in Cartography and Geographic Information Science and his teaching incorporates a full range of theoretical and applied aspects of mapping (including GIS and remote sensing), as well as European and political geography. Well known in the international cartographic community, Alex's research focuses on topographic mapping, cartographic design and aesthetics, and on Soviet mapping. A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, the Royal Geographical Society and of the British Cartographic Society (where he served as President from 2015 to 2017), Alex is Chair of the International Cartographic Association's Commission on Topographic Mapping and Editor-in-Chief of The Cartographic Journal (IF =  1.311) published by Taylor & Francis.

Dr Karl Goodwin

Sessional Lecturer

Karl teaches topics on heritage, museum, and archaeological ethics, and ancient history. His research focuses on the representation of ethnic diversity in heritage and museum narratives, the creation of inclusive and anti-racist spaces, and wider socio-political trends related to the creation and use of historical narratives. Karl is currently the Territory Volunteer Manager for English Heritage’s Southern region (Kent, London, Sussex, East). He leads and supports 20+ properties and their site teams by providing specialist operational support for their volunteer programmes. 

Prof Peter Vujakovic 

Emeritus Professor of Geography 

Peter's research interests include cultural geography and landscape studies, critical cartographies, and 'green heritage'. He is currently a member of the supervision team (with Dr Ellie Williams) for an AHRC PhD (with the MOLA - Museum of London Archaeology) in public archaeology. His interests in cartography spill over into research related to images of 'deep time' in popular science and educational publications - see staff profile for recent publications. He is co-Chair of the university's Sustainable Heritage Working Group.  

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Lara Band

Visiting Senior Research Fellow

Lara is Lead Archaeologist for CITiZAN’s East Kent Coast Discovery Programme, a MOLA project. Since 2015 she has been mobilising teams of volunteers to record, monitor and interpret fragile coastal archaeology. With a long career in archaeology and museums Lara was formerly acting Head of Built Heritage at MOLA, a Senior Archaeologist in the Planning team and a field archaeologist. As a curator at Åland Maritime Museum, she collaborated on the entire renewal of the museum's permanent display. As a field archaeologist she led on coastal surveys and excavations for the Åland Islands Board of Art and Antiquities and prior to this worked on many urban, rural and coastal excavations across the UK.  

Lara is co-supervisor for Grace Conium (AHRC CDP with MOLA) on the impact of heritage and community archaeology on Kentish coastal communities and will be collaborating with Ellie Williams and Peter Vujakovic on this research – among other projects - over the coming years.  

Research Postgraduates

Richard Best

Rich is a CCCU-funded PhD student concentrating on the archaeology of Britain between the 4th and 7th centuries. His research centres on a cross-period study of the Late/Post-Roman landscape, settlements, and material culture of Kent with an emphasis on exploring the interaction between post-Roman communities and the Roman past. 

Grace Conium  

Grace is an AHRC-funded PhD student working in collaboration with the Museum of London Archaeology. Her research is focused on evaluating the impacts of public archaeology, heritage and citizen science initiatives on individuals, groups, and communities across Kent’s east coast. This project aims to maximise the benefit of these types of projects and ensure their legacy within the area.   

Lisa Duffy  

Lisa is a CCCU-funded PhD student whose research focuses on human skeletal remains and their archaeological contexts. Adopting approaches and interests from her broad training in anthropology, Lisa’s PhD research integrates, for the first time, all of the newly available bioarchaeological data for Late Roman Canterbury. Through a multi-scaled osteobiographical approach, the project aims to explore and reconstruct individual and group experiences from the human remains of the historically invisible individuals that lived and died in Canterbury over 1,700 years ago. 

Tim van Tongeren

Tim is a CCCU-funded PhD student whose research focuses on the archaeology of the Low Countries between AD 400 and 750. The early Middle Ages have long been an undervalued period in Dutch archaeology, resulting in the absence of a comprehensive artefact typology and chronological framework with a focus on The Netherlands. The lack of such holistic data means that Dutch archaeology from this period cannot be sufficiently embedded in a larger European framework of research. 

This large-scale study includes the analysis of artefacts from 2500 inhumation burials across twenty-one early medieval cemeteries in The Netherlands. All artefacts are classified and studied using the modern sequencing method Correspondence Analysis. This has resulted in the creation of the first holistic typology and relative chronology for artefacts from the early medieval Low Countries. The new framework is expected to impact and aid not only academic research but also the daily practice of field archaeology. 

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