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Dr Jodie Lewis FSA

Principal Lecturer and Course Leader for Archaeology & Heritage Studies

Institute of Science & the Environment

Contact Details

email: jodie.lewis@worc.ac.uk

tel: 01905 85 5182

 

I am a principal lecturer and course leader for the Archaeology degrees at the University of Worcester. I joined the University in 2002, after completing a PhD at the University of Bristol on the Neolithic of Somerset, a region rich in sites and monuments but, until my work, little studied. I held a year-long lecturing position at the University of Wales, Bangor and a two-year visiting lectureship at University of West of England before coming to Worcester, as well as working in commercial archaeology in the south-west and teaching A Level Archaeology in Bristol.

My recent research encompasses prehistory and landscape archaeology, with a geographical focus on Western Britain, and I also have an interest in the archaeology of parks and gardens. I have written books and articles on these subjects and have also broadcast on radio and television. I am currently running and writing up several large fieldwork research projects including important evidence for Mesolithic ritual activity at a tufa spring in Midsomer Norton, BaNES and multi-period landscape projects centred around Priddy as part of the Priddy Environs Project, as well as numerous smaller projects looking at aspects of the archaeology and landscape of Somerset, Shropshire and Worcestershire.

I am a regular contributor to academic conferences and am also frequently requested to speak to local archaeological groups and societies. I engage in public outreach activities through guided walks and talks and work with community groups on a variety of archaeological projects in the south west.

Qualifications
PhD Archaeology (University of Bristol, 2001)
MA Landscape Archaeology (University of Bristol, 1996)
BA (Hons) Archaeology (University of Bristol, 1995)

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Current Teaching

Archaeological Theory and Research (ARCH2101)

Archaeological Field Study (Excavation) (ARCH2123)

Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain (ARCH3122)

Research Student Supervision

Current Students

Leon Bracelin: Medieval ceramics from Ludlow

Tom Elliot: The Mesolithic in the Marches

Mark Evans: Antiquarians and Bronze Age barrow excavations

Leah Marshall: Mendip Lithic Scatters

Jack Rowe: Investigating Neolithic movement in SW Britain

Jane Walmsley: The Black Mountains chambered tombs

Past students

Rona Davis: The nature of Mesolithic activity at spring sites in western Britain

Neal Johnson: From Malvern to the Irish Sea: Bronze Age funerary landscapes of the northern Anglo-Welsh border

Jennifer Peacock: Craft Production and Exchange in Northern and Western Roman Britain (second supervisor)

Caroline Rosen: Mesolithic cave use in Western Britain

Bob Ruffle: Pottery in the material culture of early modern England: a model from the archaeology of Worcester

Rebecca Williams: From Malvern to Mendip: Bronze Age funerary landscapes of the southern Severn uplands

Research Interests

My research interests span the Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age periods in Britain, with an emphasis on material culture, monumentality, landscape experience and perception. I am also fascinated by the archaeology of caves and natural places and have written about this subject. I am currently bringing the following fieldwork projects to publication:

The North Hill Project: investigations into a multi-period landscape in Somerset

Langley’s Lane Mesolithic site, Somerset

Excavations at five Mendip round barrows, Somerset

I am currently running the Priddy Environs Project (PEP) which involves excavation and survey in the parish of Priddy on the Mendip Hills, Somerset. I also have started the multi-period project “Memorialisation and Commemoration on the Malvern Hills”. So far, the project has concentrated on the memorial benches, the placement of modern cremations and British Camp Iron Age hillfort. In the last two years, twelve students have been paid as researchers as part of this project.

Funded Teaching and Learning Projects

2015 Investigating the Joint Honour student experience (UW SAP funding)

2015 Monuments at Risk Project Report (ISE L& T funding)

2014 Developing Course Materials using Technology Based Learning in Archaeology (UW SAP funding)

2014 Monuments at Risk? Mapping threats to heritage assets on the Malvern Hills (ISE L& T funding)

2013 Understanding and Negotiating Resources in Archaeology (UW SAP funding)

2013 Memorialization and Commemoration on the Malvern Hills (ISE L& T funding)

2011 Managing the Archaeological Archive (ISE L& T funding)

I was also granted a UW Vacation Research Assistant in July 2015 for a project entitled “Archaeological Data through Field Collection”.

Conferences

Conferences

Conference and other presentations (last 4 years) 

From Round Barrows to Roman Britain. Keynote address at the Somerset Archaeology and Natural History Society Annual Symposium. 19th March 2016, Weston-super Mare.

The Prehistoric Mendip Landscape: New research and old questions.  Invited research seminar to the University of Bristol Archaeology and Anthropology Research Seminar Series, February 2016, University of Bristol.

Caves, Springs and Depositing Things: Approaching the Mesolithic and Neolithic in South West Britain. Paper presented at the Life in the Mesolithic and New Perspectives on the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition CBA/Prehistoric Society Conference, November 2015, Woking.

Prehistoric Worcestershire. Invited paper Worcestershire Archaeology Society Lecture Series, 23rd March 2015, Worcester.

Remake/Remodel: A New (Old) Roman Enclosure from Priddy, Somerset Keynote paper Mendip Hills Heritage Day, UNESCO World Heritage Day, 18th April 2015, Wells, Somerset.

Student as Researchers: Memorialisation and Commemoration on the Malvern Hills. Paper presented at UW Share and Inspire Seminars: Student Engagement: Students as Researchers, 29th April 2015, UW, Worcester.

A study of the joint honours provision for Archaeology and Heritage Studies (with Caroline Rosen). Paper presented at Annual UW Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Conference, 18th June 2015, UW, Worcester.

Developing Course Materials using Technology Based Learning in Archaeology. Demonstration at the Annual UW Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Conference, June 2014.

New Research into Death and Ceremony in the 3rd and 2nd millennia BC. Paper presented at Wells and Mendip Museum, 2014.

Four workmen, three days, fifteen barrows: Bronze Age, 19th and 21st century excavations at Mendip round barrows. Paper presented at Bronze Age Forum, Queens University, Belfast, November 2013.

The Broadward Hoard site: new results and interpretations. Paper presented at Research Day on Shropshire Prehistory, Shropshire County Council, September 2013.

New insights into Neolithic Mendip. Paper presented to Clevedon and District Archaeological Society, 2013.

Ritual and Ceremony: Mendip in the 3rd and 2nd millennia BC. Paper presented at the Mendip Hills AONB Heritage Day, 2013.

Understanding and Negotiating Resources in Archaeology. Poster presented at the Annual UW Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Conference.

Neolithic caves and monuments. Paper presented to the Council of Southern Caving Clubs, July 2012.

Somerset Henges and Stone Circles. Paper presented to the Weston-super-Mare Archaeological and Natural History Society, May 2012.

The Stonehenge of Somerset? Recent Research at the Priddy Circles. Keynote address at the Somerset Archaeology and Natural History Society Annual Symposium, March 2012.

One million years of Mendip Prehistory. Paper presented to the U3A Mendip Hills Study Day, March 2012.

Old Lines and New Circles: Recent Research at Priddy, Somerset. Paper presented at the Britain at 3000BC Neolithic Studies Group, British Museum, November 2011.

Finding a Needle in a Haystack: Excavations at the Broadward Hoard site. Paper presented to the Bronze Age Forum, Cardiff University, November 2011.

Recent research at the Priddy Circles. Paper presented to the Wells Natural History and Archaeology Society, September 2011.

“At a depth of 5-6 feet, lying in a confused heap": contextualising the Broadward metalwork hoard. Paper presented at the Theoretical Archaeological Group Annual Conference, University of Bristol, December 2010.

West of Wessex but only just: barrow construction on the Mendip Hills, Somerset. Paper presented at Wessex Culture? Revolution or Beaker Evolution? Prehistoric Society and Bournemouth University Centre for Archaeology, Anthropology and Heritage, April 2010.

Neolithic Cave Archaeology from the Mendip Hills. Paper presented at the BCRA Cave Science Symposium, University of Bristol, February 2010.

Stanton Drew and the Red River. Paper presented at the Theoretical Archaeological Group Annual Conference, University of Durham, December 2009.

 

Publications

Publications

Lewis, Jodie and Mullin, David (2016). Excavations at a Cropmark Henge near Bredon, Worcestershire. Transactions of Worcestershire Archaeological Society, 25. pp. 17-36. ISSN 0143-2389

Lewis, Jodie and Lodge, Cat (2015). Monuments at Risk? Mapping Threats to Heritage Assets on the Malvern Hills: The British Camp Hillfort Survey.

Bradley, R. and Lewis, Jodie and Mullin, David and Branch, N. (2015). Where Water Wells Up From the Earth: Excavations at the Findspot of the Late Bronze Age Broadward Hoard, Shropshire. The Antiquaries Journal, 95. pp. 21-64. ISSN Print: 0003-5815 Online: 1758-5309

Lewis, Jodie (2015). The Historic Landscape of the Mendip Hills.  Book review for the Prehistoric Society.

Lewis, J. and Mullin, D. (2013). ...An Assemblage of Ponderous Stones: Recent Archaeological Fieldwork at Stanton Drew Stone Circles. The Archaeological Journal, Volume 169, 87?126.

Lewis, J and Mullin, D. (2012) "West of Wessex, but only just: round barrow construction on the Mendip Hills, Somerset" in Britnell, W.J and Silvester, B (eds) Reflections on the Past: essays in honour of Frances Lynch, Cambrian Archaeological Association.

Lewis, J and Mullin, D. (2012). "Between the Channel and the Chalk: A Regional Perspective on Grooved Ware and Beaker Pottery from the Mendip Hills, Somerset" in Pearce, S (ed) Recent Archaeological Work in South-Western Britain. Papers in honour of Henrietta Quinnell. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, 49-59.

Lewis, J. (ed). (2011) The Archaeology of Mendip: 500,000 years of Continuity and Change. Oxbow Books/Heritage Marketing and Publications.

Lewis, J. (2011) “On Top of the World: The Use of the Mendip Plateau during the Mesolithic and Neolithic" in J. Lewis (ed) The Archaeology of Mendip: 500,000 years of continuity and change. Oxbow Books.

Lewis, J. (2011) "Introduction" in J.Lewis (ed). The Archaeology of Mendip: 500,000 years of continuity and change. Oxbow Books.

Lewis, J. (2011) “Borders in a Limestone Landscape: Neolithic Cave Use in the Mendip Hills, SW England” for inclusion in Mullin, D (ed) Places In Between: The Archaeology of Social, Cultural and Geographical Borders and Borderlands, Oxbow Books, Oxford.

Lewis, J and Mullin, D (2011) New Excavations at Priddy Circle 1, Mendip Hills, Somerset. Proceedings of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society, 25(2), pp 133-163.

Lewis, J (2010) Review of Richard Tabor, Cadbury Castle. The hillfort and landscapes. Journal of Landscape History, 31 (1).
Lewis, J. (2009) The Long Barrows and Long Mounds of Mendip. Proceedings of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society, 24 (3). pp. 187-206.

Lewis, J. (2008) Excavations east of Blackmoor, Charterhouse, Mendip Hills, Somerset. Proceedings of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society, 24(2), pp 83-96.

Lewis, J. (2007). The creation of round barrows on the Mendip Hills, Somerset. In Last, J (ed) Beyond the Grave: New Perspectives on Barrows, Oxbow Books.

Lewis, J. (2007) Experiencing the Prehistoric Landscape of Somerset. In Costen, M. (ed.) People and Places: essays in Honour of Mick Aston.  Oxbow Books, Oxford.

Davies, P., Haslett, S., Lewis, J. and Reeves, E. (2006). "Tufa Deposits and Archaeology in the Mendip area, Somerset." in Quaternary of Somerset, Quaternary Research Association, London.

Lewis, J. (2005) Monuments, Ritual and Regionality: The Neolithic of Northern Somerset. BAR British Series 401, Archaeopress, Oxford.

 

University Roles & External Responsibilities

University Roles & External Responsibilities

University Roles
Course Leader for Archaeology & Heritage -
Member of ISE Institute Board
Member of ISE Research Committee
Member of the University of Worcester Research Focus Group
Archaeology Admissions Tutor
Member of the Graduate Research School Steering Group
Member of ISE Learning and Teaching Committee

Membership of Professional Bodies and Learned Groups
Subject Committee for Archaeology
Prehistoric Society
Neolithic Studies Group
Bronze Age Forum

External responsibilities
External Examiner for Archaeology programmes at the University of Chester
External Examiner for Diploma in British Archaeology offered by the Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford.
Member of the Somerset Archaeological & Natural History Society Heritage Grants Committee
Member of the Mendip Hills AONB Project Advisory Board, English Heritage
Member of the Clywd-Powys Archaeological Trust Advisory Committee
Committee member of the Neolithic-Bronze Age South West Archaeological Research Framework team (SWARF), undertaking a research assessment and formulating a research framework for the Neolithic and Bronze Age archaeology of south-west England (Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall)

I also regularly act as an external examiner for research degrees.