Sheffield Archaeology Staff News

Welcome, congratulations and thank you to Sheffield Archaeology staff

This current academic year has seen the expansion of our academic and teaching staff. ‘The department has seen some important new staffing developments in recent months’, said Head of Department, Professor Dawn Hadley, ‘and our new appointments are transforming our teaching and expanding our areas of research expertise. We are looking forward to delivering new modules and enhancing the support for existing modules, as well as seeing the development of exciting new research projects. In addition, some of our staff are undertaking secondments within the University or to external organisations, which is both offering them new opportunities and also bringing the department the benefits of their experiences’.

New members of staff

We are delighted to have welcomed a number of new additions to the Sheffield Archaeology team this year.

Dr Angelos Hadjikoumis has joined us as Research Technician and Demonstrator in Zooarchaeology, and is supporting our internationally renowned Zooarchaeology team.

My new post feels more like a return home as I’ve worked and studied in Sheffield before. Some of the many areas of my involvement include the curation, improvement and expansion of one of the largest faunal reference collections in the world, day-to-day support of teaching and research in zooarchaeology, as well as public.

Dr Angelos Hadjikoumis


Dr Paul Johnson joins us as Research Technician in Archaeological Geomatics, and with our recent acquisition of new 3-D scanners our support for the use of digital technologies has been transformed this year.

Joining the Department of Archaeology at Sheffield is an opportunity to work in an environment with a pedigree for the study of archaeological landscapes. I am looking forward to helping to develop the potential of our students, and to enhance the Department's strengths in field survey and spatial recording.

Dr Paul Johnson


Dr Efi Nikita joined us at the end of the summer as a Marie Curie Research Fellow, working with Professor Dawn Hadley on a project on the funerary record of Ancient Boeotia.

Dr Gareth Dean has been appointed as Research Associate on the Castlegate Archives project, working with Professors John Moreland and Dawn Hadley to bring to publication the 20th-century excavations on Sheffield Castle.

This semester Dr Lara Hogg continues in her position as Teaching Assistant, replacing some of Professor John Moreland’s teaching. Last semester she was teaching on The Age of the Vikings and this semester it is Celtic West to which Lara is bringing her expertise in early medieval archaeology.

Vanessa Campanacho has joined us this semester as a Teaching Assistant in Quantitative Methods in Anthropology, covering some of Lizzy Craig-Atkins’s teaching while she is undertaking Faculty funded research.

Kathryn Goulding, a Sheffield Archaeology graduate, has joined the department as a Graduate Intern to work on archiving departmental collections.

Staff Changes

We are delighted that Dr Gareth Perry has been made full-time and his role has been transformed research Technician in Archaeological Science and laboratory manager.

Dr Kevin Kuykendall was appointed to the role of Director of the Interdisciplinary Programmes Office this year, where he is leading the faculty’s flagship interdisciplinary teaching, including the MA in Public Humanities.

This semester, Professor John Moreland is Academic in Residence with the Friends of Sheffield Castle, where he is working to forge closer ties between the University and the City, supporting work that it is hoped will see the redevelopment of the Castlegate area of the city centre.

Dr Petra Verlinden, our Research technician and Demonstrator in Human Osteology, has spent some time this year seconded on to Dr Katie Hemer’s research project on St Patrick’s chapel, Whitesands Beach, Pembrokeshire.

Welcome back

We are pleased to welcome back Dr Katie Hemer from maternity leave. Before the birth of her daughter, Elodie, Katie was a University of Sheffield Vice Chancellor’s Fellow and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, but she is returning to the department in her new role as Lecturer in Bioarchaeology. Katie is developing a new Masters module in collaboration with Professor Caroline Jackson (‘Advanced Archaeological Science’) on which she will be offering teaching and practical experience in stable isotope analysis.

I'm delighted to be back from maternity leave and taking on my new role as Lecturer in Bioarchaeology. Having studied for a Masters in Biomolecular Archaeology here at Sheffield many years ago, I'm now really looking forward to having the opportunity to give back to the Department and its students through an exciting new Masters module in Applied Archaeological Science which will enable me to deliver teaching in my specialist area of stable isotope analysis.

Dr Katie Hemer



Dr Lizzy Craig-Atkins was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Human Osteology in the recent promotions round. Congrats Lizzy!

And thank you…

We would also like to thank some members of staff who have left us this year, for their valuable contributions to the department. Rocky Hyacinth, Shane Eales and Chris Grimbley were valued members of the department over many years and wish them well with their future careers.

We wish Dr Katherine Fennelly all the best for her new position in Lincoln; it was a pleasure to have her in the department.

Dr Idoia Grau Sologesto has left us to return to the University of the Basque Country, after spending a year with us as a visiting post-doctoral research fellow funded by the Basque government. We wish her well in her continuing research fellowship.

Marie Curie Research Fellow Dr Chiara Corbino left us in the Autumn for a new post as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bonn, Germany.