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RA6a: Additional observations, Evidence of esteem

All our Category A staff are research active.International recognition of our research comes in many forms, of which we can give only examples. Between 1996-2000, Category A staff gave 246 invited papers at research meetings in 40 overseas countries, 27 outside the EU. At leading international meetings, such as the World Archaeological Congress, the European Association of Archaeologists or Society for American Archaeology, and the equivalent British conferences, there are generally several Durham staff presenting papers. In addition to 15 internationally-attended conferences held at Durham in the review period, staff have organised or co-organised 37 research meetings or conference sessions elsewhere in Britain and overseas (e.g. in Hungary, Latvia, South Africa, Sweden). Staff lecture regularly both to learned societies and to lay bodies to convey their research findings to wider audiences, and are frequently called upon as external examiners for PhD theses and higher doctorates in Britain and abroad (in the review period Bailiff, Harding, Haselgrove, Johnson, Price, Roberts, Rowley-Conwy and Todd all acted one or more times as examiners for PhD theses in overseas universities). Other external indicators of the quality of our research output include the high positive citation rate in peer publications, and praise by other leading experts in referees’ reports and reviews: Hingley’s recent book, for example, has been hailed as ‘brilliantly original’ and ‘set to become a point of departure for much future scholarship’ (D. Mattingly); Graves’ as ‘one of the finest and most sophisticated pieces of theoretical analysis yet available for later medieval archaeology (D. Austin); Lucy’s as ‘one of the most important publishing events in Anglo-Saxon archaeology for 25 years’ (M. Carver); and Philip’s as ‘a landmark volume’ (R. Moorey). White’s recent paper in the Journal of World Prehistory was welcomed as ‘the most sensible, unbiased account of the ‘Clactonian-Acheulian’ controversy I have read’ (J. Wymer); he and Schreve won the Bagueley prize for their paper in PPS 2000 (published in 2001), while Swan was awarded the RBK Stevenson prize for her 1999 article in PSAS. Gerrard’s article on Shapwick was selected by the Society of Antiquaries as the first paper for their new website and was also ‘website of the month’ for New Scientist. Based on staff and postgraduate papers at the 1997 Medieval Europe Conference at Bruges, a group of reviewers identified Durham as one of two leading centres in England for post-Roman studies (Medieval Ceramics 21, 117-8).

Since 1996, there have been two externally-refereed promotions to Professor (Johnson, Price), two to Reader (Bailiff, Roberts) and one to Senior Lecturer (Philip). Before his appointment to Durham, Gerrard was promoted to principal lecturer at Winchester. Rowley-Conwy was awarded a Sir James Knott Fellowship for 1997-98 to write his forthcoming book on hunter-gatherer land use; in 1999, he undertook an invited 2-month lecture tour at the Universities of La Trobe, Sydney, and the Australian National University. Haselgrove was awarded a Sir Derman Christopherson Fellowship for 2000-1 for research on the long-term dynamics of rural settlement in northern France; in 1997, he was Visiting Professor at the Ecole Normale Superieur and he has been invited to the Römisch-Germanisch Kommission as Visiting Professor in 2002. Johnson was South Africa Centre for Science Development Fellow in 1997, and in 1998 was Visiting Professor at Boston and UCLA; his book Archaeological Theory has been translated into Spanish (2000). Chapman was Visiting Professor at the Department of Anthropology in UCL in 1996-7. Price is President of the International Association for the History of Glass and has been awarded the Hugh Last Fellowship for 2001-2 by the British School at Rome. Bailiff serves on the scientific committees of the International Luminescence and ESR Dating Conference; the International Commission on Radiation Units; and LUMDRM; he was one of the experts who reported on the radiological accident at Kiisa on behalf of the IAEA. Philip served on the Council of the British School at Jerusalem until 1998 and is now a trustee of the Council for British Research in the Levant; he has been invited to the University of Vienna in 2002 as Visiting Research Fellow. Kennet is Archaeological Adviser to the United Arab Emirates. Harding chairs HEIRNET and serves on BASIS and the UISPP Conseil Permanent.

Contributions at national level include chairing SCUPHA, acting as an HRB postgraduate awards assessor and serving as Vice-President of the Prehistoric Society (Harding); serving on the AHRB Research Panel 1 for Archaeology, Ancient History and Classics, convening the working party on Iron Age research frameworks, and evaluating phase 1 of the Portable Antiquities Recording Scheme (Haselgrove); membership of the Ancient Biomolecules Initiative committee (Rowley-Conwy); the English Heritage Science and Conservation Panel (Caple); the Treasure Trove Reviewing Committee (Casey); and the councils of various national societies (Gerrard, Graves, Hingley, Johnson, Kennet, Lucy, Price, Rowley-Conwy). While in Durham, Millett chaired the CBA Publications Committee and served on English Heritage's Ancient Monuments Advisory Committee. Johnson was recently elected Vice-Chair of SCFA and Cramp is to be the next President of the Society of Antiquaries.

Journals edited from Durham in the review period include the European Journal of Archaeology (Chapman) and Ancient TL (Bailiff). Staff serve as advisory editors or members of the editorial committees for many other leading periodicals (including Antiquity, Anthropozoologica, Archaeological Journal, Britannia, Internet Archaeology, International Journal of Historical Archaeology, Journal of Glass Studies, Journal of Iberian Archaeology, Radiation Measurements and World Archaeology). In the latter capacity, Rowley-Conwy edited recent volumes of World Archaeology on hunter-gatherer land use (1996) and Arctic archaeology (1999). Harding is a Trustee of Antiquity and Gerrard is Monographs Editor for the Society of Medieval Archaeology. Staff regularly referee papers and books for leading journals and publishers, as well as reviewing grant applications and reports for national and overseas bodies.

In recent years, numerous leading overseas archaeologists have spent periods working in the Department, drawn by the reputation of the staff and the facilities afforded by the Research Centres and Colleges. Among those who spent a term or longer conducting research at Durham (many of them as holders of College Fellowships awarded in interdisciplinary competition) are S. Babic (Belgrade; British Council/FCO Chevening Award); E. Caselli (Buenos Aires); R. Dods (Okanagan College); L. Fitts (Dickinson College); L. Koryakova (Ural State; British Academy Visiting Professor); W. O'Brien (Galway); D. O'Sullivan (Leicester); P. Turk (Ljubljana), D. Wigg (FMdA Frankfurt) and V. Zeitoun (Paris, CNRS Visiting Fellow); as well as numerous visitors over shorter periods. After a 2 month period as British Academy Visiting Professor in the Centre for the Archaeology of Central and Eastern Europe, I. Radovanovic (Belgrade) elected to hold a one year Getty Foundation award at Durham, followed by a 10 month Leverhulme Visiting Professorship. Following a visit in 2000, O. Grøn (Norsk Institutt for Kulturminneforskning, Oslo) has selected Durham as the international partner institution where, in accordance with the policy of his institute, he will now spend 20% of his time for research and teaching. The research service facilities in the Luminescence Laboratories continue to be used by archaeologists and organisations from all over the world.

Younger academics who have elected to hold externally-funded fellowships in Durham in the review period include Barnett (NERC Research Fellow 1995-8); Dobney (Wellcome Research Fellow in Bio-archaeology, 2000-2003); Wilkinson (Leverhulme Special Research Fellow 1997-99); James (Leverhulme Special Research Fellow 1996-99, now Leicester); and Terrenato (Leverhulme Overseas Visiting Fellow 1996-98, now Chapel Hill). Sanchez Romero and Aranda-Jimenez were awarded post-doctoral grants by the University of Granada to come to Durham to work with Díaz-Andreu.

Users of this website should note that the information is not intended to be a complete record of all research centres in the UK

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