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

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

Research

European Prehistory (2500 BC-AD 500)

• Celts (discovering gender norms in Europe before Rome, from the mortuary evidence)
• Hillforts (understanding communal architecture in the pre-Roman Iron Age)
• Prehistoric Settlement (roundhouse architecture, settlement temporality)
• Landscape (prehistoric land use/agriculture, human-land-climate interactions)

More technically, Dr Pope's work is developing new methodologies for a data-led social archaeology, using contextual archaeological studies and multi-variate analysis (integrating artefacts, settlement, landscape, environment), towards a new understanding of past social organisation and the mechanisms of social change.

Dr Pope has published on the following:
• European Iron Age society
• the origins of the Celts
• deconstruction of structuralist theory
• historical and contemporary gender politics in the discipline
• prehistoric roundhouses
• C-14 dating the Bronze Age settlement record
• the Early Iron Age period
• hillforts (establishing chronology, reconstructing gates)
• British Middle Iron Age mortuary traditions

She is currently bringing two major fieldwork projects to press: the Kidlandlee Dean Cheviot Landscapes Project on Bronze Age settlement and agriculture (funded by the Society of Antiquaries of London and the Royal Archaeological Institute); and excavations at Eddisbury Hillfort, Merrick’s Hill (Cheshire) (funded by Historic England, SALON, and RAI).

Research Grants

Publishing Merrick's Hill Eddisbury: 1936-38 and 2010-11

SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF LONDON (UK)

August 2018 - March 2019

Illustrating Eddisbury: A re-evaluation of W.J. Varley’s 1936-38 excavations

ROYAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE (UK)

August 2018 - March 2019

Illustrating Eddisbury: Excavations 1936-38 and 2010-11

ROYAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE (UK)

May 2015 - December 2015

Publishing Excavations at Eddisbury Hillfort: 1936-38 and 2010-11

SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF LONDON (UK)

April 2015 - December 2015

Kidlandlee Dean Cheviot Landscapes Project

SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF LONDON (UK)

April 2012 - January 2013

Kidlandlee Dean

THE SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE (UK)

April 2012 - December 2012

Kidlandlee Prehistoric Landscape Project

ROYAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE (UK)

April 2010 - March 2011

Habitats and Hillforts (Merrick’s Hill excavations)

CHESHIRE WEST AND CHESHIRE COUNCIL (UK)

July 2011 - July 2015

Archiving prehistoric roundhouses: building a national archaeological database

MARC FITCH FUND

November 2011 - December 2011

Kidlandlee Dean Bronze Age Landscape Project

NORTHUMBERLAND NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY (UK)

December 2012 - February 2013

Stabilisation and analysis of the Iron Age gate pivots from the main entrance to Eddisbury Hillfort, Cheshire (W.J. Varley excavations 1936-38)

ENGLISH HERITAGE

January 2015 - June 2017

Kidlandlee Dean Landscape Project: Understanding agricultural landscapes in the British Bronze Age

ROYAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE (UK)

April 2012 - December 2012

Kidlandlee Prehistoric Landscape Project.

ROYAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE (UK)

August 2008 - February 2009

Research Collaborations

Prof. Gary Lock

External: University of Oxford

Survey at Penycloddiau and Bodfari hillforts.

Dr Fiona Gale

External: Denbighshire County Council

Excavations at Penycloddiau hillfort.

Richard Mason

External: English Heritage

Excavations at Kidlandlee Dean (2008), Eddisbury hillfort (2010-2011), Penycloddiau hillfort (2012-).

Dr Jenni Dungait

External: Rothamstead Research

Soil science at Kidlandlee Dean.

Prof. Ian Ralston

External: University of Edinburgh

French and British mortuary evidence.

Dr Anne Teather

External: University of Chester

British Women Archaeologists.

Prof. Colin Haselgrove

External: University of Leicester

Characterising the Earlier Iron Age.

Peter Carne

External: University of Durham

Excavations at Kidlandlee Dean (2005-2007)