Dr Melanie Giles - further information
Teaching and Administration
At undergraduate level, I teach on a variety of core and option modules, including 'History of Archaeology' and Themes in Archaeology', 'Introduction to European Archaeology', 'European Prehistory', and the cross-School interdisciplinary course: 'Living and Dying in the Ancient World'. I am module director for the third year courses on the 'Dissertation' and 'Theory and Practice in Archaeology'. I also teach option courses in 'Death and Burial' (level 3) and the MA level 'Prehistory' and 'Producing and Consuming Heritage' modules'. I am also a key part of Archaeology's Admissions and Recruitment team.
I am interested in supervising students in the later prehistory of northern Europe, focusing on:
- Iron Age populations: life-course, disease, violence and funerary rites
- Later prehistoric material culture, particularly Celtic art
- Martial identity and material culture (particularly in later prehistory but also the early Roman period)
- Exhibiting the dead: museological approaches to human remains
I will also consider supervising topics which address these themes, in other periods.
In addition, I will accept students intending to study:
- The history of archaeology (particularly antiquarian studies)
- Working class communities in late nineteenth/early twentieth rural and urban landscapes, particularly themes of 'living together' through work and leisure
- Conflict archaeology
- Representing the past: visualising archaeology