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

Senior Lecturer in European Prehistory Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology


Personal Statement

I joined Liverpool at Lecturer in European Prehistory in 2007. On completing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Durham in 2003, I held fixed-term lecturing posts in British Prehistory at the Universities of Bangor, Sheffield, Nottingham, and Oxford. In 2004, I was awarded an Early Career Fellowship at the University of Leicester, followed in 2006 by a fixed-term lectureship in European Prehistory at the University of Cambridge. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2013.

I began excavating Roman sites at the age of 15, and with 27 seasons in the field, including the commercial sector, I am strongly committed to undergraduate learning in a research excavation context, to professional British standards. Between 2005-2011, I directed two major research excavations – Kidlandlee Dean Bronze Age Landscapes Project (Northumberland) and Merrick’s Hill, Eddisbury Hillfort (Cheshire), establishing the Liverpool field school at the latter in 2010.

Between 2012-2018, I 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 featured on BBC's Digging for Britain.

As an established expert in the fields of Bronze Age Britain and Iron Age Europe, I am always happy to welcome new postgraduate students to the Liverpool department, with its thriving community in global prehistory and the Classical world.

I am a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and work as a special advisor to Butser Ancient Farm, and the campaign group HOOOH (Hands Off Old Oswestry Hillfort). My advocacy work focuses on equality issues, and I co-founded British Women Archaeologists (estab. 2008) who have continuously lobbied for improved pay and conditions for women workers in the wider heritage sector.