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Dr Claire Nesbitt

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Archaeology


I have been a Research Associate at Durham University for several years, publishing legacy sites, delivering teaching and undertaking research on a range of archaeological periods. Most recently (2019-2022) I was Deputy and Reviews Editor for the Journal Antiquity.

I am an experienced field archaeologist having worked for commercial units and undertaken research fieldwork. My research experience has been diverse spanning a broad range of periods from the Mesolithic to post-Medieval, and covering a vast geographical area from Atlantic Scotland to the Near East. I have published research on the archaeology and material culture of the Byzantine & Late Antique worlds, identity and phenomenology in Roman Britain, Landscape archaeology of Bronze Age and Iron Age Scotland and the archaeology of Post-Medieval architecture in the UK.

Research interests

  • Archaeology of Landscape
  • Byzantine Archaeology
  • Classical Archaeology
  • Identity in Roman Britain
  • Historiography and the Perception of Monumentality
  • Late Bronze Age - Early Iron Age Scotland
  • Manipulation of Light in Ecclesiastical Architecture
  • Mesolithic in the North Atlantic
  • Phenomenology and Experience of Architecture and Landscape
  • The Geography of Ownership and Development of Archaeological Knowledge on Hadrian's Wall

Esteem Indicators

  • 2012: FSA Scot: Elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
  • 2000: SPBS: Executive Committee for the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies (2008-2011)


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