James Taylor


I am currently an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology, here at the University of York. My principle role in this capacity is to coordinate the Field Archaeology MA programme and deliver undergraduate teaching relating to Field Methods.

I completed my PhD at the University of York in 2016.

I currently 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).

Alongside my current position I am a 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 help 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 have worked as a professional archaeologist since 1998 and spent several years in the UK commercial sector working for Birmingham Archaeology (then B.U.F.A.U., 1999-2000) and Pre-Construct Archaeology (London, 2000-2004). Since 2004 I have been freelance, working for various large research projects. This has given me the opportunity to work extensively in Italy, Iceland, Turkey, Egypt and the Middle East.

I graduated with a BA (Hons.) in Archaeology from the University of Nottingham in 1997 and with an MA in Field Archaeology from the University of York in 1998.

A full CV can be found here.

PhD Research

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


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)

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).

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 to be convened at the Theoretical Archaeology Group’s UK conference in Southampton19-21 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. 

Conference Presentations

Taylor, J., Tung, B., Mazzucato, C., Asouti, E. , Bogaard, A., Carter, T., Dogiama, L., Fuller, D., Haddow, S., Lemorini, C., Knüsel, C., Mulville, J., Nazaroff, A., Özdöl, S., Tarkan, D.,Tsoraki, C. & Twiss, K. (2014) ’Up In Flames: a visual exploration of a burnt building at Çatalhöyük.’ Paper presented at the European Association of Archaeologists 20th Annual Meeting, 10th - 14th September, Istanbul, Turkey.

Wynn-Jones, S., Saul, H. & Taylor, J. (2014) ’How Theory Can Change Your Life: experiments with fieldtrips to move beyond module content.’ Paper presented at the Annual Learning an Teaching Conference, 18th June, University of York.

Taylor, J.S. (2014) ‘Timing Things Right: stratigraphy and the modelling of intra-site spatiotemporality using GIS at Çatalhöyük.’ Paper presented at 42nd Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) Conference, 22nd - 25th April, Paris, France.

Taylor, J.S. & Issavi, J. (2014) ’The Rise of the Machine: the impact of digital tablet recording in the field at Çatalhöyük, Turkey.’ Paper presented at 42nd Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) Conference, 22nd - 25th April, Paris, France.

Taylor, J.S., Berggren, Å., Dell’Unto, N. & Issavi, J. (2013) ‘Seeing Things Differently: the impact of digital visual technologies upon recording and the generation of knowledge at Çatalhöyük.’ Paper presented at the 35th Annual Conference of the Theoretical Archaeology Group, 16th - 18th December, Bournemouth, UK.

Taylor, J. & Wright, H. (2012) ’Getting into Time: exploring Semantic Web-based research questions for the spatio-temporal relationships at Çatalhöyük.’ Paper presented at the Archaeology in the Digital Era: 40th Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) Conference, 26th - 29th March, Southampton,UK.


Taylor, J.S. (2013) ‘Making Time for Space at Çatalhöyük: exploring spatiotemporality within complex stratigraphic sequences using GIS.’ Poster session presented at the Society for American Archaeology’s 78th Annual Meeting, 3rd - 7th April, Hawaii, US.


University Level Teaching Experience

Since embarking upon my PhD I have been involved in a large variety of undergraduate level teaching within the modular structure of the University of York’s Department of Archaeology’s various degrees. The majority of this teaching has been small group seminars, fieldwork and skill workshops, and lectures. Notable courses include:

  • Accessing Archaeology (1st Year Module)
  • History and Theory of Archaeology (1st Year Module)
  • Themes in Prehistoric Archaeology: Neolithic & Bronze Age (2nd Year Module)
  • Themes in Prehistoric Archaeology: Iron Age (2nd Year Module)
  • Themes in Historic Archaeology: Archaeology of the Contemporary Past (2nd Year Module)
  • Field Archaeology & Archaeological Excavation (including field-walking, survey skills & project manager/supervisor in various departmental field schools) (1st Year Module)
  • Post-Colonial Archaeology (3rd Year Module)
  • Research Skills (Including skills workshops in GIS and CorelDraw) (2nd Year Module)
  • Understanding Arguments in Management (Academic Writing Tutor) (1st Year Module)

In 2014 I co-designed the syllabus for and ran an accredited course for the University of York’s Centre For Lifelong Learning (CLL) entitled: The Archaeology of Egypt.

I am an associate member of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), and have successfully completed the University of York’s Preparing Future Academics (PFA) course. 


Other Teaching Experience

Since 2005 I have been involved teaching in and developing a curriculum for a formal program of Field Schools run by the Ancient Egypt Research Associates and the American Research Centre in Egypt, aimed at developing a wide range of archaeological skills for professional archaeologists employed by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. I have been involved in other professional training and development programs in the Middle East.

I have taught field skills to undergraduates on a number of training excavations, mainly in Turkey, Iceland and Italy.

Contact details

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

Tel: (44) 1904 433931
Fax: (44) 1904 433902