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RA6d: Additional observations, Additional information

We continue to attract a high level of research income (RA4), and regularly undertake contract research for English Heritage, Historic Scotland, CADW and other bodies. For example, since AHRB was set up in 1998, we have been awarded grants totalling over £700k from that source alone. This income provides for employment of additional research staff, whose own expertise has contributed to the output of the research groupings during the review period. Research projects undertaken for national bodies have included studies of Iron Age and Romano-British rural settlement types (Taylor), and of Samian pottery in Britain (Willis). Other contributions have included the preparation of standard reference books for the identification of Romano-British glass (Cottam and Price), and Tudor and Stuart vessels (Willmott).

Due to their having moved institution less than a year from the census, only two publications each are entered for Gerrard; Skeates; and Albarella. Among their other significant output during the review period, we would particularly draw attention to Gerrard’s edited volume on Spanish medieval pottery (see Gutiérrez) and his research on interpreting pottery distributions from fieldwalking; to Skeates’ research on prehistoric axe amulets in the central Mediterranean and on Copper Age settlement and economy in Italy; and to Albarella’s new edited volume on environmental archaeology and papers on animal remains from British and Italian sites.

Although ineligible for inclusion, both our Senior Experimental Officers (Clogg, Howard) had significant publications in the review period: in addition to co-authoring two of the articles selected in RA2, Clogg’s output included a ground-breaking study of pre-Roman iron-working in East Yorkshire (published in Millett’s recent monograph on the project), while Howard has co-authored a number of papers arising out of Bintliff’s Boeotia survey; many of Millett and Bintliff’s other recent publications are similarly based on projects carried out from Durham. We would also draw attention to Sumberova’s book (with Czech colleagues) on Velim, which she wrote while a research associate working with Harding. Other areas of undeclared recognition for the department include grants for fieldwork, analytical research, and publication falling outside the remit of RA4 (£383k); grants in kind for isotope measurements recently awarded to Lucy and Millard (£27k); and radiocarbon dates from non-Research Council facilities (£19k). We would also stress the high quality of our research students, several of whom have obtained lectureships and research fellowships in Britain and abroad, confirming our role in bringing forward the next academic generation. Six of our former postgraduates currently hold chairs at other British Universities, while others occupy senior posts in national archaeological organisations.

Despite the significant geographical expansion in its research interests over the last 10 years, the Department maintains a high profile in north-east England, housing the English Heritage Conservation laboratory for the north, carrying out long-term fieldwork and artefact-based studies in the region, and providing academic support for the two University Museums, and for locally-based archaeologists and their projects (e.g. Heslop’s corpus of northern Iron Age and Roman quern finds). Huntley - who until 1999 was Research Fellow in Archaeobotany - is now English Heritage Scientific Adviser for north-east England; another former research fellow was appointed to an equivalent post in north-west England (Stallibrass). Several staff have been involved in drawing up new regional and period research agendas for the counties north of the Humber and the Mersey in response to the English Heritage initiative, as well as serving on the advisory panels for other regional projects and organisations (Caple, Harding, Haselgrove, Hingley, Graves, Johnson, Lucy, Price). In addition, Price chairs the Roman section of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society, while Harding edits the Durham Archaeological Journal. Our archaeological unit (ASUD) continues to attract high praise externally for the academic quality of its survey and excavation in the region, while the long-term project established in the Ingram Valley by the former Field Officer (Adams) has entered a new 5 year phase in collaboration with Northumberland National Park, providing a research-led professional training environment for our students. The current Field Officer (Carne) and Project Officers (Annis, Hale) are involved in a number of staff research projects, contributing valuable additional expertise.


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