Centre of Archaeology

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Summary

We offer world-class services in research, consultancy and community archaeology – all supported by cutting-edge equipment and facilities – and we are committed to education and dissemination of our research beyond academia.

Our aim

The Centre of Archaeology (CoA) was formed in October 2013 with dual aims: to develop research activity and consultancy in applied archaeology. The CoA is now an international centre of learning and knowledge exchange with an emphasis on engagement that extends beyond academia.

We are dedicated to developing research excellence and professional practice with a focus on the application of novel techniques to the investigation of the recent and ancient past. In particular, we apply our expertise to the investigation of the Holocaust and other genocides, and to missing persons investigations across the world.

We research, and are guided by, the unique ethical challenges posed in these circumstances and have developed an interdisciplinary methodology that accounts for the religious, social and cultural issues that surround the sites connected to these crimes. Our work has resulted in the first archaeological investigations at sites such as the Nazi-German extermination and labour camps in Treblinka (Poland), forced and slave labour camps and cemeteries in Alderney (UK), Semlin concentration camp (Serbia) and numerous killing sites in Ukraine and Poland, as well as state-of-the-art surveys at other sites in Germany, Norway, The Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

We have also carried out innovative research connected to the life of William Shakespeare, resulting in the excavation of his final home at New Place and ground-breaking non-invasive surveys to investigate the graves of the Shakespeare family.

Our commitment to community engagement is reflected in our portfolio of community archaeology projects and publications in this area, and our involvement in interdisciplinary research is demonstrated by our staff who work across a number of fields such as archaeology, forensic investigation, virtual reality and 3D visualisation, film and TV and fine art.

 

Group leader

Professor Caroline Sturdy Colls

Professor Of Conflict Archaeology

Prof. Sturdy Colls' pioneering research focuses on the application of interdisciplinary approaches to the investigation of Holocaust landscapes. Caroline is the Course Leader for the Forensic Archaeology masters.

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Researchers within Centre of Archaeology

Kevin Colls

Associate Professor

Kevin has directed and published archaeological projects throughout the United Kingdom and Europe and holds over 20 years' experience in research and professional archaeology.

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William Mitchell

Lecturer

William has worked on a number of forensic research projects throughout Europe, including sites of the Holocaust in Germany, Ukraine and Poland. Using non-invasive geophysical techniques, he has developed his specialism in the search and recover…

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Dr Rachel Bolton-King

Associate Professor (Tef)

I am an Associate Professor (Tef) and I specialise in forensic firearm identification and ammunition, ballistics imaging, and shooting incident reconstruction.

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Michael Branthwaite

Course Director

Michael's practice involves sculpture, installation and site-related & responsive art. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. His most recent exhibitions have been 'Migrant Objects' (Bilbao, 2016) and 'Finding Treblinka' (…

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David Edwards

Course Director

Dave is an experienced technical artist and academic. He teaches on many of the earlier levels of the Games Art degree, using his expertise in 3D character and environment art, 3D scripting, and level design in the Unreal Engine.

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Fiona Graham

Associate Professor

Fiona is a Senior Lecturer and Producer, with a background as a factual documentary producer/director and television studio producer. Fiona has a background in print journalism, BBC radio and television including BBC1, ITV1, ITV2, Channel 4, STV…

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Tim Harris

Senior Lecturer (Tef)

Tim's research interests include: Glacial and periglacial geomorphology, Climate Change, Quaternary Environmental Change, The Ice Ages in Britain and Conflict Archaeology.

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Alex Haycock

P/T Lecturer (Hrly)-Crimi Just Forensic

Dean Northfield

Senior Lecturer

Dean worked for West Yorkshire Police as a VIPER Officer (2 Years) then an Imaging Officer (6 years). He progressed to Senior Imaging Officer, before finishing his time at West Yorkshire Police in the Forensic Multimedia Unit

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Paul Ottey

Senior Lecturer

Paul developed his passion for film and moving image during the video boom of the 1980's consuming a wide range of mainstream and more obscure and alternative films with a particular love of low budget B movie horror. His practical and technical…

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Dr Ruth Swetnam

Professor

Ruth is a GIS specialist. Her research interests lie in the fields of landscape ecology, historical geography, land use change and environmental information. Ruth is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Chartered Geographer in GIS.

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Ermelinda Trinder

P/T Lecturer (Hrly)-Crimi Just Forensic

Professor Fiona Tweed

Professor

Fiona is an international expert on glacial processes and natural hazards with over 25 years' experience of collaborative field research. An enthusiastic and inspiring educator, Fiona is a Senior Fellow of the HEA and a National Teaching Fellow.…

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