Senior Lecturer in Archaeology
Institute of Science & the Environment
tel: 01905 542156
Dr Helen Loney is a European prehistorian specialising in the study of ancient technology and society in archaeology. Dr Loney has extensive experience in the archaeology of California, Thailand, much of the United Kingdom, and both continental and insular Italy. She is currently co-director, along with Dr. Andrew Hoaen, of the Matterdale Archaeological Project, a programme of site reconnaissance and excavation taking place in the area around Glencoyne Park and Matterdale, near Ullswater, in the Lake District National Park, Cumbria. This project focussed on the improving the archaeological record of this part of Cumbria, identifying Bronze and Iron Age monuments, as well as investigating Iron Age – Roman interaction.
Dr Loney is also currently developing her expertise in ceramic manufacturing organization in archaeology through the Worcester Porcelain Project, an investigation into the industrial archaeology of Worcester Royal Porcelain factory. This project includes student collaborators through a program of field walking, site survey and test pitting in the Worcester City environs, as well as investigations into developing Gender roles in the porcelain industry during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
Dr Loney has also collaborated as a pottery specialist on the Terralba Punic Period survey and excavation project, focussing on the development of Punic period ceramic workshop activities in the rural areas of western Sardinia. The Terralba Project is directed by Prof. Peter van Dommelen, Director of the Jakouwsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, is concerned with understanding how the predominately Punic rural countryside developed before and during Roman conquest. This project was in part being conducted under the auspices of the Leverhulme Funded ‘Tracing Networks’ programme.
BA magna cum laude Anthropology (University of California at Santa Barbara, 1983)
MA, PhD Anthropology (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1995)
- Qualifications & Current Teaching
Qualifications & Current Teaching
Introduction to Archaeology ARCH1101
Human Origins ARCH1105
World Archaeology ARCH1104
Research Methods ARCH2101
Iron Age and Roman Britain ARCH3123
Displaying the Past ARCH2102
Independent Study Coordinator ARCH3001/3002
Extension Module Coordinator ARCH3103
MRes in Archaeology and Heritage
Recently Completed PhD Student Research Supervision
2015 Catherine Duffy FT-ICR metabolemics and ancient wine analysis, co-supervised with Professor Mark Viant, University of Birmingham, Department of Biosciences
2016 Jennifer Peacock Craft Production and Exchange in Northern and Western Roman Britain
- Research Interests
Gender roles in Industrial Archaeology
Discard and Industrial Waste Disposal in the 18th, 19th and 20th Century porcelain production in Worcester, UK
Archaeological landscape characterization, Worcester City environs
Motor memory and development of ancient technology
Upland prehistoric and Roman period landscapes
Punic period pottery production in western Sardinia
- The Worcester Porcelain Project: the archaeology of the industrial production of porcelain in Worcester, UK, during the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.
- Matterdale Archaeological Project: prehistory, Romano-British and post-Roman period survey and palaeoenvironmental analysis of Matterdale and Hutton Parishes, the Lake District, Cumbria. w/ Dr. Andrew W. Hoaen
- Motor Memory and technological conservatism in Punic period pottery production, Sardinia
- Ceramic Consultant, Terralba Rural Settlement Project, Director, Prof. Peter van Dommelen, University of Glasgow.
- Publications & Conferences
Publications & Conferences
Gender and Industry in 19th century in Worcester Royal Porcelain Production. for submission to the International Journal of Historical Archaeology
2013 The Development of Apennine Ceramic Manufacture: technology and society in Bronze Age Italy. Accordia Institute monograph series, London
2013 Landesque Capital and the development of the British uplands in later prehistory: investigating the accretion of cairns, cairnfields and ancient agricultural landscapes, A. Hoaen and H. Loney. In C. Gibson and A. Chadwick (eds) Memory, Myth, Place and Long-term Landscape Inhabitation.
2010 ‘Iron age pottery at Baldhowend, Cumbria’, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, proceedings of the Ceramic views of Scotland and northern England from the Neolithic to the 20th century: issues of method, practice and theory. University of Glasgow/Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
2010 ‘Excavations at Glencoyne Park 2002: interim report’. Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, with A. Hoaen
2009 ‘Ceramic punica dal sito rurale di Truncu ‘e Molas (Terralba, Sardegna)., L’Africa romana XVII: 1617-1626. With Peter van Dommelen, N. de Bruijn, R. Puig and A. Roppa.
2007 ‘Prehistoric Italian Pottery Production: Motor Memory, Motor Development and Technological Transfer’, Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology (20.2): 182-207.
2006 ‘The precautionary principle’: archaeological Site Recovery and Management in light of recent work on prehistoric settlement in upland Cumbria’, The International Journal of Biodiversity Science and Management 2(4): 150-153, with Andrew W. Hoaen
2006 ‘Trends & Innovations: trying out prehistoric tools’, interview by M. Sever, Geotimes (April) 2005 ‘Landscape, Memory and Material Culture: interpreting diversity in the Iron Age’, Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. 71: 361-378 w/ Andrew W. Hoaen
2003 ‘History and the Italian Bronze Age: A Discussion of the Effects of Italian Politics on Prehistoric Interpretation’, Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology:199-215.
2001 ‘Reply to Neff, Schiffer et al., reply to comments on 2000 ‘Society and Technological Control: An Argument Against Progress in the Study of Ancient Ceramic Technology’’ American Antiquity vol 65 (4) :646-668,' American Antiquity 66 (4): 738-741
Forthcoming Chapter: Craft Activity in Later Prehistory in Northwest England, with Andrew W. Hoaen, ‘current perspective on prehistory, University of Liverpool, Jonathan Trigg ed.
Forthcoming Monograph: ‘Survey in Matterdale and Hutton Parishes: 1997-2006’, with Andrew W. Hoaen.
Forthcoming unpublished report: ‘Matterdale Archaeological Project, Baldhowend, the Lake District Cumbria. Data Structure Report, results of the 1999 field season’. Unpublished report, with Andrew W. Hoaen.
2013 ‘Matterdale Archaeological Project, Baldhowend, the Lake District Cumbria. Data Structure Report, results of 1997 and 1998 field seasons’. Unpublished report, with Andrew Hoaen.
2007 ‘Cairnfields: understanding economic and ecological practice during the Bronze Age of Central Britain’ in Studies in Northern Prehistory: Essays in Memory of Clare Fell, P. J. Cherry (ed). :177-198. Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society.
2007 ‘contributions to the North West Region Archaeological Research Framework Volume I: Resource Assessment’, edited by Mark Brennand, English Heritage/ALGAO
2007 ‘contributions to the North West Region Archaeological Research Framework Volume II: Research Agenda and Strategy’, edited by Mark Brennand, English Heritage/ALGAO
2004 ‘Bronze and Iron Age connections: memory and persistence in Matterdale, Cumbria’, Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society 3rd series vol. IV: 39-55. with Andrew W. Hoaen
2003 ‘Upland settlement in Glencoyne Park Ullswater, Cumbria', for TCWAAS 3rd series vol III:51-65. with Andrew W. Hoaen 2003 ‘Field Survey in Glencoyne Park’, Archaeology North, No. 21: 9-11, with Andrew W. Hoaen
2002 ‘Faunal Report from Glasgow Cathedral’, in ‘Excavation at Glasgow Cathedral’, ed by Stephen Driscoll and Susan Baines, Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division, for Historic Scotland.
2000 ‘1998 Excavations at Baldhowend (OS NY 396 226): an interim report’, TCWAAS N.S. Volume C:89-103. with Andrew W. Hoaen
2000 ‘Notes on recent research on Iron Age settlement in the Lake District, Cumbria’, in Glasgow Archaeological Society, Bulletin, Spring 2000, No. 44: 44-45. with Andrew W. Hoaen
1999 ‘Excavations at Baldhowend’, Archaeology North. with Andrew W. Hoaen
1999 ‘Matterdale Valley Survey Project: interim report of first season’, Matterdale Archaeological Society, Matterdale, Cumbria: 20-26. with Andrew W. Hoaen
- University & External Roles
University & External Roles
Deputy Chair, Institute Quality Committee, ISE
Assessment Officer, BA Archaeology and Heritage Degree
Independent Studies Coordinator, BA Archaeology and Heritage Degree
Member, Recruitment and Retention Committee, ISE
Member, University Retention Committee
Chair University and College Union (UCU) Worcester Branch
2012-2016 External Examiner for the Ordinary Degree in Archaeology, and the MLitt in Material Culture, University of Glasgow.
Editorial board, Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society