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Our staff are engaged in a wide range of research projects, covering topics as diverse as prehistoric basketry and medieval landscapes. Our research takes place around the world. Each of these projects are related to our research themes.

Featured project

Understanding Landscapes: Empowering communities to preserve their heritage

In 2017 the University of Exeter started the Understanding Landscapes project, which is generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and supported by the public and a network of project partners from the heritage sector. The project will use field-based and desk-based heritage activity days to enable communities in two distinct parts of Devon and Cornwall to investigate and analyse the origins of their surrounding historic landscapes, as well as contribute to their ongoing management.

Understanding Landscapes project page

Impact Case Study

'Revitalising Ancient Forest Practices in the Amazon for Sustainable, Biodiversity-Friendly Futures’ is an Impact Case Study by Professor José Iriarte.

The Amazon rainforest is facing several threats to biodiversity, indigenous heritage and community identity. Professor Iriarte’s research has generated a long-term baseline for assessing these transformations.

Read more about this case study

All projects

Hidden Kingdoms: the South-West of Britain in Late Antiquity

Professor Stephen Rippon

Warhorse: The Archaeology of a Military Revolution?

Professor Oliver CreightonProfessor Alan Outram

The End of the Journey: The Late Pleistocene-Early Holocene Colonisation of South America

Professor José Iriarte

Exploring Easter e.g. Shifting Baselines and Changing Perceptions of Cultural and Biological “Aliens”

Professor Naomi Sykes

Late Gravettian archaeology as a reflection of hunter-gatherer ecological diversity in the Upper Pleniglacial Central Europe

Dr Alexander Pryor

Glass Networks: Tracing Early Medieval Long-Distance Trade, c. AD 800-1000

Dr Hajnalka Herold

Pegasus: The makeup of the modern horse: a history of the biological changes introduced by human management

Professor Alan Outram
A social landscape without a centre: The circulation of artefacts, materials and skills in NW Argentina (first millennium AD) Dr Marisa Lazzari
Aspects of the archaeology of the Avar Khaganate: the site of Zillingtal in context (7th–8th centuries AD) Dr Hajnalka Herold
Calstock Roman fort Dr Chris SmartProfessor Stephen Rippon
Exmoor Iron Dr Gill Juleff
Exeter: A place in time Professor Stephen Rippon
The Intellectual development of Egyptology and popular perceptions of Egypt, 1780-1880 Dr Robert Morkot
Investigating Neolithic and Bronze Age basketry and cordage Dr Linda Hurcombe; Lucy Williams; Linda Lemieux
The Ipplepen Project Professor Stephen Rippon
Linear Furnaces and pan-Asian ferrous metallurgy Dr Gill Juleff
Understanding Landscapes Professor Stephen Rippon

Anarchy? War and Status in Twelfth-Century Landscapes of Conflict

Professor Oliver Creighton

The Archaeology of Cultural Revitalization Movements, Clovis

Professor Bruce Bradley
The Archaeology of Cultural Revitalization Movements, Pueblo


Professor Bruce Bradley
The Lord-Collins Site: A Late Pleistocene Human Use of Southeastern Maine, USA Professor Bruce Bradley
The Gault project: Palaoindian and pre-Clovis archaeology in Texas Professor Bruce Bradley
Between the Carolingian west and the Byzantine east: Fortified élite settlements of the 9th and 10th centuries AD in central Europe Dr Hajnalka Herold 
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD): a tool for the analysis of air flows in pre-industrial furnaces Dr Gill Juleff
Contextualizing change on the Lower Danube: Roman impact on Daco-Getic landscapes Dr Ioana Oltean
The Fields of Britannia: landscape transition in the Roman to medieval periods Professor Stephen RipponDr Chris Smart
From materials to material culture Dr Linda Hurcombe
Gender: Perceptions and material culture Dr Linda Hurcombe
Horse domestication in the Botai Culture, Eneolithic Kazakhstan Professor Alan Outram
Identities as socio-material networks: Past and present configurations in South America and beyond Dr Marisa Lazzari
Improving public access to the countryside: Stonebridge, near Southend-on-Sea, Essex Professor Stephen Rippon
Jê Landscapes of Southern Brazil: Ecology, History and Power in a Transitional Landscape During the Late Holocene Professor José Iriarte
Medieval silver mining in Bere Ferrers, Devon Professor Stephen RipponDr Peter ClaughtonDr Chris Smart 
The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village Professor Alan OutramProfessor Bruce Bradley; Dr Adrian Hannus
Monsoon Steel Dr Gill Juleff
NeoMilk: The milking revolution in temperate Neolithic Europe Professor Alan Outram
OpenArch Dr Linda Hurcombe
Pioneering Metallurgy: the origins of iron and steel making in the Southern Indian subcontinent Dr Gill Juleff
Planning in the early medieval landscape Professor Stephen RipponDr Chris Smart
Poltimore Community Landscape Project Professor Oliver CreightonProfessor Henry FrenchDr Penny Cunningham
Technological traditions of the early Middle Ages in Lower Austria Dr Hajnalka Herold 
Touching the untouchable: increasing access to archaeological artefacts by virtual handling Dr Linda Hurcombe
Trade and technology transfer in central and south-eastern Europe in the Carolingian and Ottonian period Dr Hajnalka Herold

Ancient Salt in Carpathian Europe

Professor Anthony Harding

Bone fat exploitation and the importance of fat as a resource

Professor Alan Outram
Castles and landscapes: expressions of power in medieval England Professor Oliver Creighton
Crandon Bridge Romano-British port Professor Stephen Rippon
Early stone tools in Pakistan Dr Linda Hurcombe
Excavation and survey at the large Bronze Age fortified site of Corne┼čti, Romanian Banat Professor Anthony Harding
Excavations at the Ballyarnet Bronze Age site, Northern Ireland Professor Bruce Bradley

Experimental investigation of heat damage characteristics for interpreting lithic artefacts

Dr Linda Hurcombe; Rachael Durbin

Extreme archaeology in Polar Siberia: The Zhokhov Mesolithic project

Professor Bruce Bradley
Greater Exmoor project Professor Stephen Rippon
The Les Maitreaux Palaeolithic project Professor Bruce Bradley
Lithic analysis: use-wear, experimental work and cultural choice Dr Linda Hurcombe
Meare: medieval exploitation of wetland resources in the Somerset Levels Professor Stephen Rippon
Medieval urban defences Professor Oliver Creighton; Dr Robert Higham
North Somerset Levels project Professor Stephen Rippon
Our Wetland Heritage Professor Stephen Rippon
The Paleolithic and Pleistocene of Asia Professor Robin Dennell
Sacred places and funerary rites: southern Jê monumental landscapes of the Southern Brazilian highlands and Argentina Professor José Iriarte
Understanding prehistoric hunters' economic choices Professor Alan Outram
Wadi Faynan landscape project, Jordan Professor Oliver Creighton
Whittlewood landscape project Professor Stephen Rippon