Ailsa Mainman



Studied archaeology at the University of Sheffield and stayed on to complete a doctorate on Anglo-Saxon Kent. This was followed by an MSc in Computer Science at the University of York.

Until May 2014 I was Assistant Director at York Archaeological Trust, and I continue to be a Research Associate at YAT as well as President of the Friends of YAT.

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and currently the Regional Secretary for the Yorkshire group.

I have taught in the Department of Archaeology and am currently a tutor in the Centre for Life-Long Learning, University of York, and regularly contribute to York’s Festival of Ideas.

Part of the Field Staff for Lindblad/National Geographic expeditions (Canada and the North Atlantic).

Historical Fiction Panel, York Literary Festival 2018.

Governor of the Minster School, York.  


Current projects:

 ‘Melting Pot’ - contributor to project run by Department of Archaeology, University of York.

 ‘A City of Diverse People’ - co-director 2016-7 with Dr Mary Garrison (Department of History, University of York).

 ‘Anglian York.’ Blackthorn Press.  


Recent Publications: 

2018 (in prep) ‘Anglian York: the Lost Centuries’ Blackthorn Press.

2018 (in prep) ‘Early medieval York’ publication of British Archaeological Association conference paper given July 2017.

2018 (forthcoming) contributor to volume on Early Medieval Craft and Trade Networks ed. Dr S.Ashby (York) and Dr S. Sinbaek (Aarhus). 

2016  York: Origins and Development  in Lubeck Kolloquium zur Stadtarchaologie im Hanseraum (2016).

2015 ‘Eoforwic: Post Roman and Anglian  York (with Richard Hall) The British Historic Town Atlas Vol V, (ed P V Addyman).

2014 ‘16-22 Coppergate: Defining a Landscape’ (with  R.A.Hall et al)  The Archaeology of York (London). 

2013 ‘Medieval Pottery from York (with A. Jenner) Vol 16/9 The Archaeology of York (London).


Contact details

Dr Ailsa Mainman
Research Associate
Department of Archaeology
University of York
King's Manor
Exhibition Square