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James Taylor


I am a Lecturer and Director of the Undergraduate Programme in the Department of Archaeology, at the University of York. I also co-direct the Digital Archaeology and Digital Heritage MSc programmes (with Dr Colleen Morgan) and deliver a range of masters level and undergraduate teaching.

I am also currently acting as the Departmental Ethics Representative and am the Departmental Erasmus and World Wide Exchange Coordinator.

I have active research interests in Neolithic Archaeology, the Archaeology of North Africa and the Near East, Theory and Method in Archaeology and Digital Methods in Archaeology (especially Applied GIS, Critical GIS and the impact of the 'Digital Turn' on archaeological practice) - see also my ResearchGate Profile.

From 2012 to 2019 I was Co-Field Director of the Çatalhöyük Research Project, an important long term research project studying settlement on a Neolithic Tell site in Southern Anatolia. In this role I helped to coordinate and direct the excavation and general site logistics, management of excavators, development and implementation of excavation methods and post-excavation work.

Prior to this I worked as a professional archaeologist since 1998 and spent several years in the UK commercial sector, working first for Birmingham Archaeology (then B.U.F.A.U., 1999-2000) and then Pre-Construct Archaeology (London, 2000-2004). From 2004 I worked freelance for various large research projects; this gave me the opportunity to work extensively in Italy, Iceland, Turkey, Egypt and the Middle East.



PhD: Making Time for Space at Çatalhöyük: GIS as a tool for exploring the spatiotemporality of complex stratigraphic sequences.

Supervisors: Julian Richards & Steve Roskams

Using data from the well known Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük, Turkey, my research examined the process of intra-site spatio-temporal analysis of complex stratigraphy. In particular I am to focused upon the visualisation and analysis of the temporal element, using GIS and related technologies to examine the way in which we structure, model, use and query temporal aspects of our excavation data. It Also examined the close relationship between spatial and temporal data.

Publications & Conferences


(Journal Articles & Book Chapters)

Perry, S. & Taylor, J.S. (2018) ‘Theorising the Digital: A Call to Action for the Archaeological Community’. in M. Matsumoto & E. Ulleburg (eds.) Oceans of Data: Proceedings of the 44th Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology. Oxford: Archaeopress. 11-22.

Taylor, J., Issavi, J., Berggren, Å, Lukas, D., Mazzucato, C., Tung, B., Dell’Unto, N. (2018) ‘‘The Rise of the Machine’: the impact of digital tablet recording in the field at Çatalhöyük’. Internet Archaeology 47.

Taylor, J.Bogaard, A., Carter, T., Charles, M., Haddow, S., Knüsel, C.J., Mazzucato, C., Mulville,  J., Tsoraki, C., Tung, B. & Twiss, K. 
(2015) ‘‘Up in Flames’: A Visual Exploration of a Burnt Building at Çatalhöyük in GIS.’ in: I. Hodder and A. Marciniak (eds.) Assembling Çatalhöyük, 1: 128-149. Leeds: Maney Publishing.

Berggren, Å., Dell’Unto, N., Forte, M., Haddow, S., Hodder, I., Issavi, J., Lercari, N., Mazzucato, C., Mickel, A. & Taylor, J.S. (2015) ‘Revisiting reflexive archaeology at Çatalhöyük: integrating digital and 3D technologies at the trowel’s edge.’ Antiquity 89 (344) 433-448.

Boraik, M., Sadarangani, F. & Taylor, J. (2014). ‘Excavations in the Khalid Ibn El-Waleed Garden Luxor: Avenue of the Sphinxes.’ Annales du Service de Antiquitiés de l’Égypte (ASAE) 86. Cairo: Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Regan, R. w. contributions by Taylor, J. (2014) ‘The Sequence of Buildings 75, 65, 56, 69, 44 and 10 and External Spaces 119, 129, 130, 144, 299, 314, 319, 329, 333, 339, 367, 371 and 427.’ in: I. Hodder. Çatalhöyük Excavations: The 2000-2008 seasons., 35-52. Los Angeles: British Institute at Ankara & The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA.

Brown, G. & Taylor, J. (2010) ‘Medieval embankment and post-medieval development at Bermondsey Wall West’, Surrey Archaeological Collections, Vol. 95.

Taylor, J. (2008) ‘Area AA Preliminary Phasing’, in (eds. M. Lehner, M. Kamel & A. Tavares) Giza Plateau Mapping Project Season 2006 Preliminary Report, Giza Occasional Papers3, AERA (Cairo).

Taylor, J., Gisladóttir, G.A., Harðardóttir A. and Lucas, G. (2005) ‘Eyri in Skutulsfjörður’, Archaeologia Islandia, Vol. 4, pp.68-80 Fornleifastofnun Íslands, Reykjavík.

Sadarangani, F. & Taylor, J. (forthcoming): “From Excavation to Publication”, in (eds. M. Lehner, M. Kamel & A. Tavares) Giza Plateau Mapping Project Season 2011-2012 Preliminary Report, Giza Occasional Papers 6, AERA (Cairo).  

I also have extensive experience in the writing of grey literature for clients in commercial archaeology. This includes technical stratigraphic summaries, assessment reports and evaluation reports.

Conference Sessions Organised

Taylor, J.S. & Perry, S. (2016) ‘digiTAG 2: Archaeological Storytelling and the ‘Digital Turn’’ Session organised at the Theoretical Archaeology Group’s annual UK conference in Southampton, 19th-21nd December, 2016

Taylor, J.S., Perry, S., Berggren, Å & Dell’Unto, N. (2016) ‘Theorising the Digital: Digital Theoretical Archaeology Group (digiTAG) and the CAA.’ Session organised at the 44th Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) “Exploring Oceans of Data” Conference 29th March - 2nd April, Oslo, Norway.

Taylor, J.S. & Dell’Unto, N. (2015) ’Towards a Theory of Practice in Applied Digital Field Methods.’ Session organised at 43rd Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) “KEEP THE REVOLUTION GOING” Conference, 30th March - 1st April, Siena, Italy.

Contact details

Dr James Stuart Taylor
Associate Lecture
Department of Archaeology
University of York
The King's Manor

Tel: (44) 1904 323271