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Dr Richard Lee
Research Associate



Richard is a field archaeologist  with a particular interest in prehistoric landscapes in desert zones.  His first excavation was at the Upper Palaeolithic site of Boxgrove, in West Sussex (1995) and his most recent in Tigray, Ethiopia. Over the last 25 years he has undertaken numerous seasons of fieldwork in Yemen, Egypt, Ethiopia, Jordan, Benin, Qatar, and the UEA, across all chronological periods. He also spent ten years working in the British commercial archaeology sector for the Museum of London Archaeology Service; Birmingham University Field Archaeology Unit, and and Oxford Archaeology North (Lancaster) working on every type of site imaginable (and otherwise).

He was also  Project Officer at the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) as part of their English Heritage funded Engaging with the Historic Environment project (2008-10). This was research into higher education archaeological provision and working extensively with regional archaeology & heritage groups across England. As part of this project, he organized the CBA Education and Archaeology conference York St John University 2008.

Richard received his BA Egyptian Archaeology in 1997, and MA Research Methods for the Humanities in 1998, both at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. His Phd was undertaken here at the University of York, Dept of Archaeology, exploring the relationship that obsidian played in the first millennium BC relationship between Ethiopia and Yemen, which was awarded in 2023.

Richard is currently working as a Research Associate on the ‘MAEASaM: Mapping Africa’s Endangered Archaeological Sites and Monuments’ project led by Dr. Stephanie Wynne-Jones. The project, which is generously supported by Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin - aims to identify archaeological sites and monuments in sub-Saharan Africa using remote sensing, desk-based research, and archaeological surveys to create digital records of these sites and monuments.



2022-23: Undergraduate Year 1: Themes for Historical Archaeology (Medieval Africa) seminar (GTA).

2021-22: Undergraduate Year 1: Themes for Historical Archaeology (Medieval Africa) seminar (GTA).

University of York, Centre for Lifelong Learning: 2009- 2011, 2003 – 2004. Designing and teaching curriculum for part-time Egyptian & Middle Eastern Archaeology course; creating curriculum & audio/visual components of VLE distance learning course Online Archaeology ; Board of Studies non-accredited tutor representative (2008-10).

University of Leeds, Centre for Lifelong Learning: Designing curriculum and teaching accredited Egyptian Archaeology (2004/5).

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Dr Richard Lee
Research Associate
The University of York
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