Dr Rachel Pope BA, MA, PhD (Dunelm), FSA, FSA Scot.

Director of Fieldwork; Senior Lecturer in European Prehistory Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology


Personal Statement

Rachel Pope joined Liverpool in 2007. On completing her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Durham in 2003, she undertook fixed-term lecturing in British Prehistory at the Universities of Bangor, Sheffield, Nottingham, and Oxford. In 2004, she was awarded an Early Career Fellowship at the University of Leicester, which was followed in 2006 by a fixed-term post in European Prehistory at Cambridge.

Having begun excavating Roman sites at the age of 15, and with 28 seasons in the field (including the commercial sector) she has been strongly committed to undergraduate learning in a research excavation context, to professional British standards - establishing the Liverpool field school in 2009. Between 2005-2011, she directed two research excavations in the UK – the Kidlandlee Dean Bronze Age Landscapes Project (Northumberland) and Merrick’s Hill, Eddisbury Hillfort (Cheshire).

Between 2012-2018, Dr Pope directed the University's excavations at Penycloddiau Hillfort (Flintshire), in partnership with Cadw (Welsh Assembly Government), Denbighshire County Council, and the Global Institute for Field Research (California). As archived on Facebook. and as seen on Digging for Britain.

I am always happy to welcome new postgraduate students to the department here in Liverpool, with its thriving British Prehistory community.

Dr Pope has wider interests in the heritage sector, including heritage protection and communication. She works as a special advisor to the campaign group HOOOH (Hands Off Old Oswestry Hillfort). She is also founded and is a Director of British Women Archaeologists (estab. 2008) who lobby for improved conditions for women workers in the Heritage sector.