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Dr Elaine Jamieson
Fieldwork Project Manager



Elaine is a specialist in landscape archaeology, with a focus on medieval settlement, landscapes and elite culture. She is particularly interested in how people in the past perceived natural and cultural landscapes, and the importance of place in constructing and maintaining collective and personal identities. She is an active field archaeologist with an extensive background in earthwork survey and landscape investigation and has worked on research projects both in Britain and abroad.


After completing an MA in Archaeology at Durham University in 1996, Elaine worked briefly in commercial archaeology before moving across to the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland to work on their landscape characterisation project. In 2000 she joined the Research Department of what was then English Heritage and worked as an Archaeological Investigator for over 15 years, specialising in landscape archaeology and analytical earthwork survey, latterly managing a small team of archaeological and architectural investigators. During her time with English Heritage Elaine was involved in several large landscape projects, undertaking fieldwork on the Quantock Hills, Dartmoor, Stonehenge and elsewhere, and between 2006 and 2010 was responsible for the delivery of a major multi-disciplinary project on the Mendip Hills.

In 2015 Elaine joined the University of Reading and worked on funded research projects while at the same time undertaking a PhD in Archaeology. She joined the University of York as their Fieldwork Project Manager in 2022.



Elaine’s research is focussed on medieval settlement and landscapes, with a particular interest in the expression of elite power in England. Her PhD considered the values attached to natural and cultural landscapes, with a focus on Norman castles. Her wider interests include how monuments from the past were re-used in the past, a research theme that stems from her work on the ‘Round Mounds’ project (funded by the Leverhulme Trust) which between 2015 and 2017 explored the origins of numerous castle mottes up and down the country. More broadly, she is interested in the theory and application of methodologies for the recording of archaeological landscapes and monuments, and the ways in which traditional and digital technologies can be combined to best capture, analyse and present archaeological field remains.


  • The Skipsea Landscape Project, in collaboration with Dr Jim Leary, University of York. This project explores an area of ancient lakes at Skipsea, East Yorkshire, which have revealed evidence for human activity spanning many thousands of years. Through an ambitious programme of archaeological survey and excavation, this project aims to reconstruct a detailed biography of the ‘lakescape’ and shed light on the lives of the people who inhabited from Early Prehistory through to the medieval period.
  • Aldby Park Landscape Project, working in collaboration with the Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society. This project combines earthwork survey, geophysical survey, 3D modelling and historical research to understand the development of the area’s medieval settlement landscape. It also explores how the medieval landscape shaped Aldby Park’s early 17th century gardens and later parkland.
  • Inhabiting the Inner Hebrides: exploring the archaeology of settlement on Islay from c. AD 790-1600, in collaboration with Prof Steve Mithen, University of Reading. This project considers the changing nature of rural settlement on Islay, Scotland, from the Norse period through to the fall of the Lordship of the Isles in the 16th century. Using an interdisciplinary landscape-based approach and investigating in detail a carefully selected sample of case-study sites, this project represents the first modern systematic examination of the material remains of medieval rural settlement on Islay. 


  • £1620, Medieval Settlement Research Group Research Grant ‘Inhabiting the Inner Hebrides: exploring the archaeology of settlement on Islay’. Applicant
  • £1365, Council of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland ‘Inhabiting the Inner Hebrides: exploring the archaeology of settlement on Islay’. Applicant
  • £1710, SAGES Research fund ‘The Skipsea Castle Archaeological Research Pilot Project’ (SCARPP). Co-applicant
  • 2017. £500, Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society Small Project Grant ‘The Skipsea Castle Archaeological Research Pilot Project’ (SCARPP). Applicant



  • Practical Skills: Field Archaeology Survey Skills
  • Post Excavation
  • Discovering Archaeology
  • Exploring Archaeology


  • Landscape and Geophysical Survey
  • Project Management

External activities


  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA)
  • Committee member of the Medieval Settlement Research Group
  • Committee member of the Scarborough Archaeological and History Society (Field Officer)
  • Member of the Landscape Survey Group
  • Member of the Society for Medieval Archaeology

Invited talks and conferences

  • The Medieval Settlement Research Group Winter Conference, Leicester
  • The Council for British Archaeology Yorkshire Annual Symposium, York
  • The Marlborough Mound Trust Annual Lecture, Marlborough College, Wiltshire
  • ‘Ritually Mounded Landscapes’ session at SAA, Vancouver
  • Landscape Survey Group Annual Conference, Exeter
  • 2015. The Society for Landscape Studies Annual Conference, Somerset

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Dr Elaine Jamieson
Fieldwork Project Manager
Department of Archaeology
University of York
The King's Manor