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

Reader in European Prehistory Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology

Teaching

My teaching provides introductory learning on Bronze Age and Iron Age Europe at Year 1; Year 2 (Age of Stonehenge) sees critical analysis of Neolithic and Bronze Age studies in Britain and Ireland; Year 3 (Beyond the Celts) provides advanced learning on Iron Age Europe that is suitable for both archaeologists and ancient historians; and I provide specialist supervision at Masters level on Bronze Age and Iron Age Britain. I am currently taking a break from field training and critical research skills teaching at undergraduate level, training in research skills at Masters level instead.

Postgraduate: Bronze Age and Iron Age studies

Prehistory fieldtrips (copyright Richard Mason and Rachel Pope)
Prehistory fieldtrips (copyright Richard Mason and Rachel Pope)

I offer teaching on Bronze Age and Iron Age Britain at Masters level: working through core debates in the field, whilst providing a developed understanding of trends in later British prehistory. Since joining Liverpool, I've supervised over fifty UG dissertations and Masters theses.

Standout MA/MSc students:
Tabitha Craig: Society & identity in Beaker period SW Scotland (80): aDNA & archaeology [publication in prep.]
Jess Hornby: Developing method on Iron Age identity (84) [publication in prep.]
Sally Longworth: Bronze Age settlement in Mersey Basin (80) [Best in Year, went on to UoL PhD]
Catherine Jones: Crannogs (78) [awarded Departmental funding for Bradford MSc, now BM/Manchester Swords PhD]
Ashley Brogan: Prehistoric Cairns in north-west England (77) [joined Salford Archaeology; now PhD at York]
Jake Morley-Stone: Late Iron Age pellet moulds (75) [awarded University PhD funding]
Morgan Murphy: Hillforts and settlement temporality (76) [joined Cotswold Archaeological Trust]
Diana Nikolova: Field Techniques in Egyptology (80) [awarded Departmental PhD funding, now in post at Garstang Museum]
Lorrae Campbell: Late Bronze Age hillforts (75) [Best in Year, went on to UoL PhD]

PhD/MRes students:
Tabitha Craig: Scottish Chalcolithic. Funding pending.
Jess Hornby (2024- AHRC NWCDTP funding). Iron Age chronology and identity.
Sally Longworth (2019-2026): PhD on New method on Bronze Age agricultural settlement landscapes in northern Britain
Jake Morley-Stone (2018-2023, Joseph Rotblat scholarship): PhD on Late Iron Age pellet moulds: metallugical and contextual analysis (viva complete)
Eleanor de Spretter Yates (2016-2023, AHRC funding & John Lennon scholarship): PhD on Bronze Age razors in Prehistoric Britain (viva complete)
Dr Lorrae Campbell (2013-2020): PhD on Late Bronze Age hillfort origins in western Britain Published here
Emily Prtak (Best in Year; Best Poster award at IARSS 2019): MRes on Molly Cotton and British hillfort studies in the interwar period
Dr Alan Williams (2011-2018): PhD on Geochemical and isotopic characterization of the Great Orme BA copper mine Published here
Dr Eddie Rule (2011-2018): PhD on Iron Age material culture and meaning in central western Britain

Post-doc Research Assistants:
2021-2025: Dr Lorrae Campbell (Park in the Past; publishing Eddisbury & Penycloddiau monographs)
2014-2020: Dr Ceren Kabucku (environmental & C-14 programmes: Penycloddiau, Eddisbury, Kidlandlee)
2011-2020: Richard Mason (Post-ex manager: Penycloddiau, Eddisbury, W.J. Varley Archive, Kidlandlee)
2010-2011: Dr Lisa Snape-Kennedy (Kidlandlee β-stanols, North Wyke Labs)
2009-2010: Dr Alexis McBride (Roundhouses)

Undergraduate: European/British Prehistory

Skills training at Penycloddiau (copyright Rachel Pope)
Skills training at Penycloddiau (copyright Rachel Pope)

My contributions to Year 1 teaching reveal how Bronze Age and Iron Age Europe contrast with the development of civilisations in the Near East and Mediterranean world. My specialist teaching focuses on Neolithic-Bronze Age Britain; and the western European Iron Age (800 BC-AD 70); teaching regional understandings of British Prehistory in their wider European context.

Courses:
Introductory lectures on Bronze Age Europe and Iron Age Europe (Year 1)
The Age of Stonehenge: Rethinking British & Irish Prehistory (Year 2)
Iron Age Europe: Beyond the Celts (Year 3)
Bronze Age and Iron Age Britain (MA/MSc)

Archaeological Practice

Supervisors and second years at Penycloddiau: three generations of hats (copyright Rachel Pope)
Supervisors and second years at Penycloddiau: three generations of hats (copyright Rachel Pope)

My greatest contributions to the undergraduate experience have been an active commitment to research-led fieldwork training, to early research skills training, and to critical thinking through practice - although I no longer contribute to teaching in these areas at present at Liverpool.

Modules for 2023-24

ACE MA AND MSC DISSERTATION

Module code: ALGY600

Role: Teaching

BRONZE AGE AND IRON AGE BRITAIN

Module code: ALGY786

Role: Module Co-ordinator

DESIGNING AND COMMUNICATING RESEARCH

Module code: ALGY731

Role: Module Co-ordinator

IRON AGE EUROPE: BEYOND THE CELTS

Module code: ALGY358

Role: Module Co-ordinator

PRINCIPLES OF ARCHAEOLOGY

Module code: ALGY101

Role: Teaching

RESEARCH PROJECT DEVELOPMENT BY DIRECTED STUDY

Module code: HLAC503

Role: Teaching

RESEARCH SKILLS FOR ACE M-LEVEL STUDENTS

Module code: ALGY601

Role: Teaching

THE AGE OF STONEHENGE: RETHINKING BRITISH PREHISTORY

Module code: ALGY283

Role: Module Co-ordinator