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Prof Sian Jones - personal details

Contact details

Role: Professor of Archaeology and Heritage Studies

Tel: 0161 275-3329

Location: Mansfield Cooper Building-3.17
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




I grew up and was educated on the Isle of Man, later becoming an archaeology student at the University of Southampton where I obtained a BA (Hons) (1989) and a PhD in Archaeology (1994) under the supervision of Professor Peter Ucko. I continued at Southampton with a three year post-doctoral fellowship at the Parkes Centre for the Study of Jewish - non-Jewish Relations (1994-1996). In 1997, I held a visiting lectureship at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Brazil (funded by the São Paulo State Research Council and the British Council). On my return I worked for the Council for British Archaeology as the lead researcher for the Publication User Needs Survey. Then in 1998 I was appointed as a lecturer at the University of Manchester. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2003 and Professor in 2010.

During my research, I have conducted archaeological and ethnographic fieldwork in the Orkney Islands, the Highlands of Scotland, and Canada. I have lectured in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. I have also had the good fortune to be a guest lecturer for two Nordic Graduate School courses, one on Social Identities (Istanbul) and the other on Heritage and Society (Alexandria).

I have been Head of Department at the University of Manchester (2008-2011) and am currently Director of Postgraduate Studies. I have served on the Council for the Royal Anthropological Institute, and am currently a Trustee for the Council for British Archaeology.