The Hillfort Atlas team

Ian Ralston

Ian is currently Abercromby Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology and Head of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Celtic fortifications (Tempus 2006) and has been involved in fieldwork and excavation on hill- and promontory forts from the north of Scotland to central France. On April Fool’s Day, 1980, he had the opportunity to set a timber-laced wall on fire for the late Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious World

Contact Ian: ian.ralston@ed.ac.uk

Gary Lock

Gary is Emeritus Professor of Archaeology, University of Oxford. He has excavated and written about hillforts for many years starting as part of the Danebury post-excavation team and then Co-Directing the Hillforts of the Ridgeway Project at White Horse Hill (Oxford Archaeology 2003), Segsbury Camp (Oxford University 2005) and Alfred’s Castle (Oxford University in press). He is currently carrying out fieldwork at Moel-y-Gaer, Bodfari, North Wales.

Contact Gary: gary.lock@arch.ox.ac.uk

Stratford Halliday

Strat studied archaeology under Richard Atkinson at Cardiff University 1972-6 and worked for Colin Burgess in Newcastle before being appointed in 1977 to the Society of Antiquaries Field Survey, a project funded by the then Inspectorate of Ancient Monuments of the Scottish Development Department and managed by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS). Carrying out a programme of rapid walkover surveys, this project was absorbed into RCAHMS in 1981, and thereafter Strat variously served as a Field Investigator and Project Manager, latterly directing the archaeological survey progamme. Having started out as a later prehistorian with a particular interest in the Border Counties, Strat has developed a much wider interest in the Scottish landscape and its monuments, spanning from early prehistory to the present day. Strat’s appointment to the Atlas of Hillforts in Britain and Ireland project is in some senses a return to his roots, dealing with the problems of the classification and records of defended settlement earthworks, so many of which are concentrated in the Border Counties.

Contact Strat: shallid4@staffmail.ed.ac.uk

Paula Levick

Paula has had a varied career, working for 13 years in computing before her interests turned towards archaeology.   She has an MSc in human palaeoecology and a DPhil in Landscape Archaeology for which the focus of her research was the prehistoric and Roman landscapes within the environs of Segsbury Camp.  She has excavated at a number of hillfort sites and worked for 15 years on Oxford University’s Vale and Ridgway excavations.  While completing her DPhil she worked for the Portable Antiquities Scheme and for the West Berkshire Historic Environment Records Office.  Paula has organized and worked on a number of community archaeology projects and currently divides her time between research for the Atlas Project and working as a Community Archaeology Project Officer.  For the Atlas project she will be putting these skills to good use, with responsibilities for collecting data on various English hillforts and for creating a hillfort Geographical Information System [GIS] that will be used both for data analysis and for the production of maps for the Atlas.  She will also be providing IT support to the project team and training in research skills to any volunteers to the Project.

Contact Paula: paula.levick@arch.ox.ac.uk

Ian Brown

Ian has considerable experience of hillfort research, both as an author and on-site investigator. A graduate of Durham and Oxford Universities, he has worked extensively throughout England and Wales, with special emphasis on hillfort location and function. Ian has recently published an overview of hillforts in England and Wales, Beacons in the landscape (Windgather Press, 2009).

Contact Ian: ian.brown@arch.ox.ac.uk

Johnny Horn

Johnny is the AHRC funded PhD candidate at Edinburgh University. Prior to this he undertook both undergraduate and a postgraduate MA at Cardiff University focusing on later prehistoric material culture and settlements and will. This PhD specifically concerns the dating and chronology of hillforts in Britain and Ireland and will critically assess all hillforts with dating evidence including sites with radiocarbon and other scientific dating to artefact, ceramic and numismatic evidence from both modern and antiquarian sources. The ultimate aim of this PhD will be to build a chronological framework for this monument type. The results of this chronological framework will be twofold, firstly it will provide a critical assessment of the efficacy of dating methods for this monument type, secondly it will develop an understanding of the chronological relationships between these sites on differing levels of scale. This will include the historical sequence of site construction, use and abandonment. This work will also undertake and evaluation of the more recent statistical dating models being applied in hillfort studies.

Contact Johnny: J.A.Horn@sms.ed.ac.uk

Jessica Murray

Originally from North Wales, Jess undertook an undergraduate degree in Archaeology at the University of Chester where her undergraduate dissertation focused upon the interior and the landscape around the hillfort Castle Ditches, Tisbury. Whilst at Chester she was involved in a wealth of fieldwork both invasive and non-invasive and also had a placement with English Heritage's Landscape Investigation and Aerial Survey teams which inspired her to pursue an interest in Landscape Archaeology culminating in a Masters in Landscape Archaeology at the University of York. During her time at York Jess developed field survey skills and also pursued her interest in hillforts with a dissertation which focused upon the hillforts of the Clwydian Range. Having completed her Masters at York she has moved to Oxford to begin working on her DPhil as part of the Atlas Project. Jess’s DPhil aims to use a combination of GIS and fieldwork analysis to examine the positioning and morphology of hillforts within their landscape setting.

Contact Jess: Jessica.murray@arch.ox.ac.uk

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