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Honorary and visiting staff

The Department of Archaeology supports the award of a small number of distinguished honorary titles, approved by Senate.

Emeritus Professors and Emeritus Readers

Professor Geoff Bailey

Emeritus Professor

Research interests:

  • Coastal Archaeology
  • Drowned Landscapes
  • Landscape Evolution

Professor Martin Carver

Emeritus Professor

Research interests:

  • Religion
  • Pictish Archaeology
  • Archaeological Practice

Professor Mark Edmonds

Emeritus Professor

Research interests:

  • Prehistory
  • Landscape and Memory
  • The Social Dimensions of Technology

Professor Paul O'Higgins

Emeritus Professor

Research interests:

  • Evolutionary anatomy
  • Functional morphology
  • Geometric Morphometrics

Senior Honorary Fellows

Dr Peter Chowne

Honorary Fellow

Research interests:

  • Heritage and tourism management
  • Prehistoric Lincolnshire
  • Early Prehistoric Ceramics

Dr Tania Dickinson

Honorary Fellow

Research interests:

  • The material culture of early Anglo-Saxon England

Professor Joann Fletcher

Honorary Visiting Professor

Research interests:

  • Egyptology
  • Body adornment in the ancient world
  • Mummification and burial practices

Professor Nena Galanidou

Honorary Visiting Fellow

Research interests:

  • Palaeolithic archaeology
  • Archaeology of submerged landscapes
  • Lower Palaeolithic period of Eurasia and Africa

Dr Alice Gorman

Honorary Visiting Fellow

Research interests:

  • Space archaeology
  • Indigenous heritage management

Annie Gray

Honorary Fellow

Research interests:

  • History of food and dining from c.1600 to the present day

Dr Jane Grenville

Honorary Professor

Research interests:

  • Conservation of historic buildings

Professor Carl Heron

Honorary Visiting Professor

Research interests:

  • Bioarchaeology
  • Analytical organic chemistry

Dr Ailsa Mainman

Honorary Visiting Fellow

Research interests:

  • Artefact specialist
  • Anglo-Saxon archaeology
  • Viking archaeology

Geoff Maybank

Honorary Fellow

Research interests:

  • Building conservation
  • Building pathology

Dr Sara Perry

Honorary Professor

Research interests:

  • Cultural heritage management
  • Media and interpretative resources for archaeology and heritage sites

Professor Michael Richards

Honorary Visiting Professor

Research interests:

  • Evolution of human diets over time
  • Spread and adoption of agriculture in Eurasia

Shinya Shoda

Honorary Visiting Fellow

Research interests:

  • East Asian prehistory 
  • Archaeological science
  • Food and culinary practice

Honorary Graduates

The following disntiguished colleagues have been awarded honorary degrees by the University of York. Honorary degrees seek to recognise extraordinary individuals who represent the University’s vision, values and excellence and will inspire our graduating students.

Mr Peter Addyman

Honorary Graduate 1985 - Director, York Archaeological Trust

Mr Magnus Magnusson

Honorary Graduate 1981 - Broadcaster and Archaeologist

Mr Ray Mears

Honorary Graduate 2019 - TV Presenter

Research interests:

  • Bushcraft
  • Experimental archaeology
  • Hunter-gatherers

Professor Michael Müller-Wille

Honorary Graduate 2001 - Archaeologist

Dr Sebastian Payne

Honorary Graduate 2013 - Chief Scientist with English Heritage

Professor Dominic Powlesland

Honorary Graduate 2011 - Archaeologist

Dr Francis Pryor

Honorary Graduate 2017 - Archaeologist

Professor Else Roesdahl

Honorary Graduate 2009 - Professor in Medieval Archaeology

Departmental Honorary and Visiting Research Associates

The Department also awards Visiting and Honorary Research Associate status to distinguished collaborators working with a named academic staff member and resulting in a material benefit to the core research activity of the Department. Honorary Research Associate status is granted by our Nominations Committee on the basis of a written justification, which will set out a clear explanation of the joint activity. Honorary Research Associate status is usually awarded for two years.

The title of Honorary Research Associate carries no privileges other than access to the University's IT services and Library, where requested and justified in the application.

Michael Bamforth

Honorary Research Associate

Working with Nicky Milner, Star Carr project

Research interests:

  • Archaeological wood analysis

Taryn Bell

Honorary Research Associate

Working with Penny Spikins

Research interests:

  • Attachment theory
  • Material culture
  • Palaeolithic

Manon Bondetti

Honorary Research Associate

Working with Oliver Craig, ENCOUNTER project

Thomas Booth

Honorary Research Associate

Working with Ian Armit, COMMIOS project

Research interests:

  • Ancient DNA
  • Bone diagenesis
  • British human prehistory

Emma Brooks

Honorary Research Associate

Working with Penny Spikins

Research interests:

  • Human evolution
  • Small brained hominins
  • Palaeolithic archaeology

Stephen Buckley

Honorary Research Associate

Working with Oliver Craig

Research interests:

  • Mummification
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Burial practices 

Dr Gill Chitty

Honorary Research Associate

Research interests:

  • Conservation
  • Heritage
  • Community Participation

Maite Garcia Collado

Honorary Research Associate

Working with Michelle Alexander

Research interests:

  • Medieval archaeology
  • Biomolecular archaeology
  • Human osteoarchaeology

Dr Shannon Croft

Honorary Research Associate

Working with Nicky Milner, Star Carr project

Research interests:

  • Lithic residue analysis
  • Integration of scientific approaches in archaeological cultural resource management
  • Collaboration and mutual knowledge-sharing with First Nations

Dr Andrew Cuff

Visiting Researcher

Elizabeth Currie

Honorary Research Associate

Working with John Schofield

Research interests:

  • Cultural heritage
  • Intangible heritage
  • Traditional medicine

Dr Paul Graves-Brown

Honorary Research Associate

Working with John Schofield

Research interests:

  • Contemporary archaeology
  • Popular music archaeology

Peter Halkon

Honorary Research Associate

Working with Ian Armit, COMMIOS project

Research interests:

  • Iron Age archaeology
  • Celtic archaeology

Dr Niklas Hausmann

Visiting Researcher

Research interests:

  • Environmental Archaeology
  • Coastal Archaeology
  • Biogeochemistry

Madeleine Hummler

Honorary Research Associate

Working with Martin Carver, SICTRANSIT project

Research interests:

  • Iron Age archaeology
  • Archaeological publishing

Dr Harry Kenward

Honorary Research Associate

Working with Nicky Milner, Star Carr project

Research interests:

  • Palaeoecology
  • Prehistoric archaeology

Mr Navin Piplani

Honorary Research Associate

Working with Lu Cooke

Research interests:

  • Cultural heritage

Dr Charlotte Rowley

Honorary Research Associate

Working with Nicky Milner, Star Carr project

Research interests:

  • Spatial analysis & GIS
  • Mesolithic archaeology
  • Geochemistry

Dr Sadie Watson

Honorary Research Associate

Working with Harald Fredheim

Research interests:

  • Development-led archaeology
  • Public benefit