Dr Bob JohnstonBob Johnston

Senior Lecturer in Landscape Archaeology

Head of Post-Graduate Taught Programmes

Email address: r.johnston@sheffield.ac.uk

Telephone: 0114 2222941

Department address:

Department of Archaeology
University of Sheffield
Minalloy House. Room D08
10 – 16 Regent Street
S1 3NJ
United Kingdom


Research interests

  • Landscape archaeology
  • Bronze Age Britain and Ireland
  • The archaeology of upland landscapes, particularly in western Britain
  • Prehistoric land enclosure in north-west Europe.
  • Community heritage

Research supervision

I would welcome applications from students interested in pursuing research into:

  • Landscape archaeology
  • Bronze Age archaeology of Britain and Ireland
  • Social and cultural aspects of later prehistoric agriculture
  • The archaeology of highlands, uplands and mountains
  • Theoretical approaches to human-environment relations.
  • Community and public archaeology

Current Research students

  • Isabel Cook - Late Holocene (4000 BP-present) sea-level change and the sustainability of coastal historic landscapes
  • Andrew Hatton - Stowe Farm: a multi-period archaeological site in its landscape
  • Barry Heafield - A comparative study of Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age monumentality in the Peak District, Derbyshire, UK
  • Rebecca Hearne - Archaeology as therapeutic practice: a narrative investigation
  • Helena Kaldre - Prehistoric field systems in West Estonia – sustainability and human-environment relations during 1200 BC - AD 1200
  • Emily La Trobe-Bateman - Snowdonia's Early Fieldscapes
  • Krissy Moore - Perceptions of rural cultural heritage and the formation of militarised landscape
  • Caitlin Nagle - A multi-proxy investigation of Late Holocene coastal landscapes in North Wales: modelling impacts of past and future climate change
  • Nicola Thorpe - Evaluating the Future for Grey Literature Publications: Creating a Lasting Archaeological Resource for West Yorkshire

Selected publications

Johnston R. 2013. Bronze Age field and land division. In H. Fokkens and A. Harding (eds). Handbook to the European Bronze Age. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 307-323.

Badcock, A and Johnston R. 2013. Protest In P. Graves-Brown, R. Harrison and A. Piccini (Eds) The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 321-335.

Barker, L., Driver, T., Johnston, R., and Davis, O. 2012. Puffins amidst prehistory: re-interpreting the deep chronology of Skomer Island. In W. Britnell and R. Silvester (Ed.) Reflections on the Past: essays in honour of Frances Lynch. Welshpool: Cambrian Archaeological Association, 280-302.

Badcock, A. and Johnston, R. 2009. Placemaking through protest: an archaeology of the Lees Cross and Endcliffe Protest Camp, Derbyshire, England. Archaeologies 5(2), 306-322.

Ghey, E., Edwards, N., and Johnston, R. 2008. Categorising roundhouse settlements in Wales: a critical perspective. Studia Celtica 42, 1-25.

Fyfe, RM, Roland, T, Brück, J, Johnston, R, Lewis, H and Wickstead, H. 2008. Historical context and chronology of Bronze Age enclosure on Dartmoor, UK. Journal of Archaeological Science 35, 2250-2261.

Johnston, R. 2008. Copper mining and the transformation of environmental knowledge in Bronze Age Britain. Journal of Social Archaeology 8(2), 190-213.

Johnston, R. 2008. Later prehistoric landscapes. In J. Pollard (ed.) Prehistoric Britain. Oxford: Blackwell, 268-287.

Cummings, V. and Johnston R. (eds) 2007. Prehistoric Journeys. Oxford: Oxbow.

Ghey, E., Edwards, N., Johnston, R. and Pope, R. 2007. Characterising the Welsh Roundhouse: chronology, inhabitation and landscape Internet Archaeology 23. intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue23/johnston_index.html

Johnston, R. 2005. A social archaeology of garden plots in the Bronze Age of northern and western Britain. World Archaeology 37(2), 211-223.

Johnston, R. 2005. Pattern without a plan: rethinking the Bronze Age coaxial field systems on Dartmoor, south-west England. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 24(1), 1-21.

Harding, J. and Johnston R. (eds) 2000. Northern Pasts: interpretations of the prehistory of northern England and southern Scotland. BAR (Brit Ser), Oxford.

Johnston, R. 1998. The paradox of landscape. Journal of European Archaeology 1 (3), 313-325.

Johnston, R. 1998. Approaches to the perception of landscape: philosophy, theory, methodology. Archaeological Dialogues 5(1), 54-68.


Level 3

  • Later Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain and Ireland