A303 Scientific Committee



BWC-PORTRAIT2aProfessor Sir Barry Cunliffe, Committee Chair
Sir Barry taught archaeology at the Universities of Bristol and Southampton before becoming Professor of European Archaeology at the University of Oxford in 1972. He retired from that post in 2006. He has excavated widely in Britain ( Fishbourne, Bath, Portchester Castle, Danebury, Hengistbury Head,etc) and in the Channel Islands, France and Spain. He has been a Trustee of the British Museum and a Commissioner of English Heritage and has written a number of books including Britain Begins, The Ancient Celts, By Steppe, Desert and Ocean and On the Ocean.



oliver-craigOliver Craig
Oliver Craig is Professor of  Archaeological Scientist at the University of York.  Oliver  specialises in biomolecular archaeology, i.e. the recovery of proteins, lipids and DNA from ancient skeletal remains and archaeological artefacts to provide insights into past human activities. His research has focused on the analysis of materials from key prehistoric sites in the UK,  Central and Eastern Europe and along the Atlantic, Baltic and Mediterranean coastline, including Stonehenge. Oliver directs the BioArCh research centre.


Tim Darvill
Professor Timothy Darvill OBETimothy Darvill is Professor of Archaeology in the Faculty of Science and Technology at Bournemouth University. After completing a PhD at Southampton University on the Neolithic of Wales and the west of England, he worked for the Western Archaeological Trust and the Council for British Archaeology before establishing a private practice offering consultancy services in the field of archaeological resource management. He was appointed to the Chair of Archaeology in the newly-established archaeology group at Bournemouth University in October 1991. The author of over a dozen books, including Ancient Monuments in the Countryside (English Heritage. 1987), Prehistoric Britain from the air (Cambridge University Press. 1996), The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology (Oxford University Press. 2002 & 2008), England: an Archaeological Guide (Oxford University Press. 2002), and Stonehenge World Heritage Site: An archaeological research framework (English Heritage. 2005), and Prehistoric Britain (Routledge. 2010). His book Stonehenge: the biography of a landscape (Tempus. 2006) presents a number of new theories explaining the origin and use of Stonehenge. He has served as Chairman of the Institute of Field Archaeologists and was a Member of the Council of the National Trust. He has excavated at archaeological sites in England, Wales, Russia, Greece, Germany, and the Isle of Man, and his current research interests focus on archaeological resource management and the Neolithic of northwest Europe. Professor Darvill is the Chairman of Cotswold Archaeology; he was appointed OBE in the 2010.

Vince Gaffney
Professor Vincent Gaffney FSAProfessor Vincent Gaffney is Anniversary Chair in Landscape Archaeology at the Department of Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford.  Current research projects include his ERC-funded Advanced Grant project - "Lost Frontiers: exploring climate change, settlement and colonisation of the submerged landscapes of the North Sea basin".  He is part of the LBI_ArchPro “Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes” Project where he leads the UK team creating 3D and virtual imaging of the landscape from an extensive programme of geophysical survey of the largely unmapped landscape.  He is also Co-PI on the "Curious Travellers" team which received AHRC funding to crowd-source images for reconstruction of damaged cultural sites Previous research projects include agent-based model of the battle of Manzikert (1071) in Anatolia and the EPSRC Gravity Gradient Project - providing imaging for novel gravity sensor development.  Other fieldwork has included a Leverhulme-funded study of Roman Wroxeter, survey of Diocletian’s Mausoleum in Split, the wetland landscape of the river Cetina (Croatia), fieldwork in Italy centred on the Roman town at Forum Novum, historic landscape characterisation at Fort Hood (Texas) and internet mapping of the Mundo Maya region.  For further information see https://bradford.academia.edu/VincentGaffney

Mike Parker PearsonMike Parker Pearson
Mike Parker Pearson is Professor of British Later Prehistory at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology. He is a Fellow of the British Academy who has written widely on many aspects of world archaeology. His interests include the archaeology of the Outer Hebrides, Madagascar and the prehistory of Europe, as well as the archaeology of death and burial. Since 2003 his research has focused on Stonehenge (as director of the Stonehenge Riverside Project, the Feeding Stonehenge Project and the Stones of Stonehenge Project), and on scientific analysis of Beaker-period burials.

Mike Pitts
Mike-Pitts--1Mike Pitts has directed excavations at both Stonehenge and Avebury, and is the author of Hengeworld. After studying archaeology at University College London, he became curator of Avebury museum, and has lived in Wiltshire since 1979. For more than two decades he has worked as an award-winning freelance writer and broadcaster specialising in archaeology, while continuing to pursue original peer-reviewed research. He edits British Archaeology magazine and Salon (the e-newsletter of the Society of Antiquaries of London), and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. He blogs at mikepitts.wordpress.com. He attends the Scientific Committee in a personal capacity.


Melanie Pomeroy-KellingerMelanie Pomeroy-Kellinger
Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger is a professional archaeologist of more than 25 years’ experience. During that time she has carried out fieldwork, research and lecturing in Britain and overseas including  in America, Greece and North Korea. For the last 11 years she  has been managing the Archaeology Service at Wiltshire Council as County Archaeologist. A particular focus of her work over the last two decades has been the archaeology and conservation of the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site.


Clive RugglesClive Ruggles

Clive is Emeritus Professor of Archaeoastronomy in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester, UK. He was editor-in-chief for the 3-volume Handbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy, published in 2014, and has ongoing fieldwork and analysis projects in Hawai‘i, Peru and Europe. Clive has and is a leading figure in the joint initiative by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the International Astronomical Union working to recognise, protect, and promote the world's most important astronomical heritage sites, and editor/co-editor of two ICOMOS–IAU Thematic Studies on astronomical heritage. He is also a member of the Dark Skies Advisory Group (DSAG) of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Nick Snashall
Dr Nick Snashall MCIfANick is the National Trust Archaeologist for Stonehenge & Avebury WHS. Since joining the Trust in 2004 her focus has been on these landscapes, where she has co-directed a number of major fieldwork projects. In the two decades before that she excavated on sites across Britain and Europe - from Gloucestershire to the Czech Republic. Her research focuses on the Neolithic and Bronze Age, and conservation and archaeological practice in WHSs.  A specialist in lithic analysis, she has a longstanding interest in how lithic scatters can inform our understanding of prehistoric landscape inhabitation. Nick is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.


Nicky Milner
Nicky-MilnerNicky Milner is a Professor of Archaeology at the University of York. Her period of expertise spans from the Terminal Upper Palaeolithic at the end of the last Ice Age, through the Mesolithic and into the Early Neolithic, roughly 10,000BC-3500BC. She has co-directed excavations at the Mesolithic site of Howick in Northumberland, Mesolithic and Neolithic shell middens in Ireland, Terminal Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic sites on Flixton Island II and the Early Mesolithic site of Star Carr.  She is also an expert in seasonality studies of oysters and has worked on shell midden sites in Denmark, Sweden, Scotland, Portugal and Spain. Large, open area excavations at Star Carr revealed new insights into hunter-gatherer lifeways in relation to dramatic changes in climate and environment. The research also provided important insights into the deterioration processes on wetland sites. 


Heather Sebire

Heather Sebire’sHeather Sebire is currently a Senior Historic Property Curator at English Heritage working with multi-period sites in the west territory including Stonehenge and Avebury.  Heather was curator to the Stonehenge Environmental Improvements Project from 2010 and now curator of Stonehenge in general along with other English Heritage guardianship sites.
In her professional role Heather makes use of archaeological archives and research reports to document how EH sites have been managed in the past which helps to inform current work.
Current personal research interests include the legibility and life history of monuments, particularly addressing how monuments are presented to the public.  Formerly States Archaeologist on Guernsey in the Channel Islands her doctoral research was in History of Archaeology placing the archive of the remarkable Lukis family of Guernsey in a European and International context.


David Field
Former Senior Archaeological Investigator for English Heritage, and before it the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Now retired, but spent 30 years surveying and analysing monuments and archaeological landscapes within England and particularly within Wiltshire. This included intensive fieldwork in both halves of the Stonehenge and Avebury WHS, not least on the Stonehenge and Avebury monuments themselves, but also in the Pewsey Vale and the Military Training Area situated between them. Prior to retirement was involved in the English Heritage Stonehenge Landscape and Marden Henge Environs projects and still retains a keen and practical interest in Neolithic long barrows, quarries, flint mines and stone axe-heads, not to mention the chalk landscape in question.

 Dr Mike AllenMike Allen

Mike is an archaeological scientist, environmental archaeologist and geoarchaeologist and has specialised in the prehistoric land-use development of the southern chalklands (his PhD topic) for nearly 40 years. He is particularly known for his expertise in land snail analysis and landscape interpretation and reconstruction (editor of Molluscs in Archaeology, Oxbow 2017) and has undertaken land snail research on many archaeological sites from Yorkshire, to Wessex and Malta. He has worked in the Stonehenge landscape since 1983 and published work on snails, soils and the prehistoric landscapes in Stonehenge Environs Project (Richards 1990), Science and Stonehenge (Cunliffe & Renfrew 1990), Stonehenge in its Environs (Cleal et al. 1995), and has undertaken his own excavations (Amesbury 42 long barrow) and extensive research with the Stonehenge Riverside Project (Parker Pearson et al.), and the Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project (Gaffney, Garwood, Smedt et al). Outside the Stonehenge area Mike has contributed to numerous monographs and research papers and after nearly 20 years with Wessex Archaeology has run his own consultancy, Allen Environmental Archaeology, for the last 10 years, and is a research fellow at Bournemouth University.

Andrew Fitzpatrick

Andrew Fitzpatrick is lead researcher on the 'In the Footsteps of Caesar’ project at Leicester University. The project was inspired by a discovery made in a road scheme when Andrew worked in commercial practice and was a Visiting Professor at Leicester.

While working in practice Andrew led many major projects, including several highways ones. He has undertaken large-scale excavations near Amesbury, including the one in which the famous Bronze Age burial 'The Amesbury Archer' was found. His project teams were awarded the British Archaeological Award for the Best Project and the Current Archaeology Award for the Best Rescue Archaeology Project.

He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.

Colin Shell

Colin Shell is a Senior Research Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, having retired as an Assistant Director of Research from the Department of Archaeology. Given his Materials Science (Ph.D. in Metallurgy) background, his research efforts have been in seeking to advance the application of physical science approaches in Archaeology. Was involved in early teaching of computing and the adoption of digital data management in general with the introduction of personal computing. Areas of particular interest have been the integration of geophysical techniques and new airborne remote sensing approaches to prospection and studying the landscape disposition of monuments. This included analysis of the airborne laser scanning (lidar) survey of the Stonehenge landscape - probably the first complete lidar survey of a World Heritage Site. Represents the Avebury and Stonehenge Archaeological Research Group (ASAHRG) on the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site Steering Committees and the WHS Partnership Panel.

 Dr Seren Griffiths

Dr Seren GriffithsDr Seren Griffiths is a Senior Lecturer in Public Archaeology and Archaeological Science at Manchester Metropolitan University. 

She has worked on excavation projects across Britain, and in fieldwork and post-excavation projects in Iran, South Africa, Romania, Ireland, France, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Spain and Serbia. In Britain, her experience has included major infrastructure schemes for Oxford Archaeology (CTRL, A30, A2, CNDR, A421, and several M1 schemes), Cotswolds Archaeology (South Wales gas pipelines) and MoLA (Crossrail), as well as urban and rural projects.

She is currently the Principle Investigator on the AHRC-funded ‘Third and fourth millennia Ireland and Britain: a history of major social change explored (Project TIME)’, focusing on scientific dating, with public engagement with 11 partner museums and national heritage agencies in Britain and Ireland. She directs a fieldwork programme on Anglesey excavating in the landscape surrounding the Bryn Celli Ddu passage tomb. She is an FSA and a MCIfA. In 2020, Seren was selected to be one of 10 BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinkers. In 2018, she was an invited speaker at the Hay Festival and she was the youngest person to deliver the prestigious Golston Lecture at Australia Nation University. 


Richard Madgwick

Richard-Madgwick03Richard Madgwick is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeological Science at Cardiff University. He is an ostoearchaeologist who uses macroscopic, microscopic and molecular methods in the analysis of animal and human remains. In 2016 he completed a British Academy post-doctoral fellowship that used multi-isotope analysis to explore the catchment of Late Neolithic monuments in Wessex. He is currently PI of the AHRC-funded FEASTNET project, which investigates feasting and mobility at the Bronze Age-Iron Age transition in southern Britain.


Josh Pollard