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 later prehistoric communities of northern Europe, focusing on:
- Approaches to identity (particularly the issue of the Celts)
- The archaeology of death, burial and funerary practice
- Social space, place and inhabitation
- Materiality, technology, art and aesthetics
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)
- Integrating theory and practice: methodological studies addressing the professional development of the discipline
- Representing the past
The Yorkshire Wolds Project is a multi-disciplinary, inter-institutional project which aims to investigate the inhabitation of the Wolds from early prehistory to the present day. The project involves a long-term collaboration between Manchester University and two partners: the Wharram Landscape Project and the Wolds Research Project, Department of Archaeology, University of York. It is centred on the Birdsall Estate in north Yorkshire and its surrounding environs. Working closely with landowners, tenant farmers and local communities, its aim is to teach and enhance graduate fieldwork skills, within a strong research programme. Training elements include field survey, aerial photographic interpretation, excavation, recording and material culture processing, data analysis and interpretation, archival research and oral history. Landscape research is being carried forward through a series of projects which address period-specific issues. Please see the Wolds Project website for further details.