Dr. Timothy Cockrell

Department of Archaeology

Teaching Assistant

Dr Timothy Cockrell
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Dr. Timothy Cockrell
Department of Archaeology
Minalloy House
10-16 Regent Street
S1 3NJ

Like many of us, my interest in archaeology began in childhood when I read every book I could find in local public libraries about the deeds of the giants of early archaeology. I was an odd working class boy, but left school at the age of 16 to learn a trade in engineering.

In between periods working in the engineering industry, I graduated in Ancient History and Classical Archaeology in 1989. Eventually I returned to archaeology at Masters level as a part time student, completing my MA in Aegean Archaeology in 2006. It was during this time that I was drawn into community archaeology and the neglected regional prehistory of my adopted home in South Yorkshire. These interests led to part time doctoral research and freelance community work between 2009-2016. 

During these years I worked on various community projects including Digability, under the auspices of the Workers Educational Association, gaining my PTTLS teaching qualification at the same time. I gained my doctorate in 2016, which was published by Archaeopress under the title Remembered Places, Forgotten Pasts. The Don Drainage Basin in Prehistory in 2017. 

Subsequently, I spent two years working in commercial archaeology after which I returned to freelance community based projects, often in combination with my own research interests. These I carry on, in combination with my current part-time role in the Department of Archaeology as a Teaching Assistant. I currently coordinate work on two modules as well as assisting on others. 


PhD Archaeology 2016

MA Aegean Archaeology 2006

BA (hons) Ancient History and Classical Archaeology 1989

Research interests
  • British and European Prehistory
  • Prehistoric Japan
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Community involvement in archaeological practice

Current Research

  • Prehistoric Southern Yorkshire and the North Midlands
  • Prehistoric Rock-Art in South Yorkshire
Teaching activities
  • Archaeology of Britain from Prehistory to the Industrial Revolution
  • Human Origins, Migrations and Identities
  • Work Place Learning
  • Archaeology Matters

Cockrell, T. 2016. Remembered Places Forgotten Pasts. The Don Drainage Basin in Prehistory. Oxford: Archaeopress.

Cockrell, T. Priede, C. and Merrony, C. 2019. Whirlow Hall Farm: Sheffield’s Forgotten Henge? Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 91.1: 1-17.

Cockrell T. 2019 (2020). Chipped Stone Scatters from Midhope Moors. Transactions of the Hunter Archaeological Society Vol. 30: 1-20.

Cockrell, T. in press Broomhead Moor: Marking and Memorialising a Remembered Place. Transactions of the Hunter Archaeological Society.