Dr Colleen Morgan
Lecturer in Digital Archaeology and Heritage

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I received my undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Asian Studies from the University of Texas in 2004. Under the supervision of Maria Franklin, I wrote an honours thesis regarding popular culture, feminism, and materiality in Japanese archaeology from the Yayoi period. After working as a professional archaeologist in Texas, I enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley for my PhD in 2005. For my thesis I examined the intersections of digital media and archaeology through a series of object biographies with my advisors Ruth Tringham, Margaret Conkey, and Nancy Van House. I have worked as both a field archaeologist and a digital specialist in the USA (Hawaii, California, Texas), England, Turkey, Jordan, Greece, and Qatar on sites ranging from 9,000 to 100 years old.

I joined the Department of Archaeology at York in 2013 as a Marie Curie Experienced Researcher for the EUROTAST project. I was responsible for the dissemination of research generated by the consortium of research fellows uncovering new evidence on the history and contemporary legacies of the transatlantic slave trade.

Currently I am the Lecturer in Digital Archaeology and Heritage. My research is on digital media and archaeology, with a special focus on embodiment, avatars, genetics and bioarchaeology. I am interested in building archaeological narratives with emerging technology, including photography, video, mobile and locative devices. Through archaeological making I explore past lifeways and our current understanding of heritage, especially regarding posthumanism and the cyborg, feminism, and interstitial spaces between past and present.

Departmental roles

Digital Heritage Director of Studies

Archaeological Information Systems Director of Studies

Publicity Officer

Ethics Officer




Accessing Archaeology (Year 1)

Special Topic: Visual Media in Archaeology (Year 3)


Debates in Museum Theory & Practice

Analysis & Visualisation

Contact details

Dr Colleen Morgan
Department of Archaeology
University of York
King's Manor

Tel: +44 1904 323970