Dr Susanna Harris
- Senior Lecturer (Archaeology)
My research investigates the material culture of past societies. I specialise in the analysis of textiles and leather using scientific, theoretical and experimental approaches. In summary:
- Artefacts and material culture
- Textile specialist
- Deep history to early medieval
- Northwest Europe and central Mediterranean
- Cloth and clothing
I gained my first degree in archaeology at the University of Durham, Master's and PhD at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. I have held research positions in Italy, Germany and the UK. Since 2008 my research has been funded the British Academy, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, Carnegie Trust for the University of Scotland, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
My publications include co-edited volumes ‘Textiles in Ancient Mediterranean Iconography’, ‘Wrapping and Unwrapping Material Culture: Archaeological and Anthropological Approaches’ and ‘Why Leather? The material and cultural dimensions of leather’. I I share my research through academic publications, broadcasts and social media channels such as Youtube.
I am co-investigator of the AHRC funded project ‘Unwrapping the Galloway Hoard’, and lead investigator for ‘Fibres and Fabrics from Must Farm Bronze Age Pile-Dwelling’.
I work with museums, commercial archaeology units and government bodies to analyse textiles, basketry and leather from archaeological sites. In practice, my research involves the identification, recording and sampling of artefacts across a wide network of museums and archives in Europe and the Mediterranean.
Articles on the University News pages
- Unearthed Bronze Age textiles shine light on life 3,000 years ago
- Enduring love affair with textiles and fashion goes back 2500 years in the Mediterranean
- Research project to unwrap secrets of the Galloway Hoard
- 2021-2024 Unwrapping the Galloway Hoard, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Co-investigator with National Museums Scotland
- 2018 Looking inside the past: CT scanning ancient textiles, Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies, Major Research Grant
- 2017-2018 Micro-Tracing British Bronze Age textiles (2200-900 BC), Carnegie Research Incentive Grant.
- 2015 The Representation of Clothing on Iron Age Situla Art, Vienna National History Museum, Synthesys award.
- 2008-2011 Cloth Cultures of Prehistoric Europe, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship.
- 2009 Wrapping and Unwrapping the Body – Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives, UCL Institute of Archaeology Conference Competition.
- 2008-2009 Cloth Cultures of Europe and Egypt in the Middle to Late Bronze Age, Alwyn Cotton Research Fellowship.
I welcome enquiries to supervise research students with interests in:
- Archaeological Textiles
- Dress and Clothing
- Experimental Archaeology
- Archaeological Material Culture
I currently supervise:
- Bertoli, Maria Elena
The fibre revolution in Bronze Age northern Italy: investigating textile economies in transition
- Loudon, Nysa Noelle
The Ecology, Materials, and Aesthetics of Unusual Fibres
- Prew, George
What Role did Dress Play in Funerary Performance in the Context of Urban Emergence in Early Iron Age Central Italy?
- Archaeology in the Modern World
- 20 Things that Changed the World
- Cloth and Clothing (optional course)
- Assembling the Artefacts (optional course)
- Archaeological Digital Imaging (optional course)
- Archaeology Dissertation