Dr Anthony Masinton

Research Associate


Anthony is a buildings archaeologist specialising in medieval churches and 3d visualisation.  Anthony taught buildings survey, analysis and visualisation, and 3d modelling in the Department of Archaeology, University of York where he was Computing Officer from 2007 to 2014.  He then went on to do 3d modelling of medieval cathedrals, and mobile app development, at the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture, Department of History, University of York until 2017.  Anthony’s work includes virtually reconstructing the lost Chapel of St Stephen/the first Chamber of the House of Commons for the AHRC-funded ‘Virtual St Stephen’s’ project, visualising the Mesolithic landscape of Starr Car, and creating interactive tours of the Stratford-upon-Avon Guild Chapel and the Neolithic site of Abri Faravel.  He continues to practice and research the interplay between imagination and visualisation, and to create vivid reconstructions of lost places.


2014 – 2017:  Digital Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture, Department of History, University of York.

2007 – 2014:  Departmental Computing Officer, Department of Archeology, University of York.

2002 – 2006:  PhD in Medieval Studies, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York.

1999 – 2000:  MA in Medieval Archaeology, University of Durham.



Anthony’s research balances academic enquiry into places in the past with professional visualisation practice. 3d modelling is a process which requires rigourous and concrete application of research-based hypotheses to produce as complete a vision of a place in the past as the evidence supports.  Modelling serves as a kind of virtual experimental archaeology.  Anthony’s research has tended to focus on medieval ecclesiastic sites, but also has branched out to include work on prehistoric sites in the UK and on the Continent, twentieth-century sites in North America, and even modelling the surviving brain tissue from the ‘Heslington Skull’.  His work also explores archaeogaming, visualisations in museums, and issues of authorship in digital humanities.


Masinton A and Jago J (In Press, 2018). ‘Mapping the Unknown: Evidence and modelling St Stephen’s through four centuries’ In Cooper, J (ed). The Chapel of St Stephen and the First Chamber of the House of Commons, London: Yale University Press.
Masinton A (In Press, 2018). ‘The Architecture of Zaraka Abbey’ In Campbell, S (ed). The Cistercian Monastery of Zaraka, Greece, Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.

Masinton A (2017). ‘A Fortunate Alignment of the Spheres: Overcoming the Problems of Integrating 3d Into Daily Practice’. Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art and Architecture. Vol VI, Issue 2.

Walsh K, Mocci F, Defrasne C, Dumas V, Masinton A (2016). ‘Interpreting the Rock Paintings of Abri Faravel: laser and white-light scanning at 2,133m in the southern French Alps’. Internet Archaeology [online]. 42. Available from: <https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.42.1>.

Giles K, Masinton A, Arnott, G (2012). ‘Visualising the Guild Chapel, Stratford-upon-Avon: digital models as research tools in buildings archaeology’. Internet Archaeology [online]. 32. Available from: <https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.32.1>.


Contact details

Dr Anthony Masinton
Research Associate
Department of Archaeology
University of York
King's Manor
Exhibition Square