Project Members

Lecturer in Digital Archaeology and Heritage in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York

Colleen's research is on digital media and archaeology, with a special focus on embodiment, avatars, genetics and bioarchaeology. Through archaeological making Colleen explores past lifeways and our current understanding of heritage, especially regarding posthumanism and the cyborg, feminism, and interstitial spaces between past and present.

Senior Lecturer in Bioarchaeology in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York

Michelle specialises in the application of bioarchaeological techniques to aid in understanding the dynamics of multi-faith societies in the historical periods from the dietary perspective. Her research focusses on exploring the diet and resource base of communities at the interface of major socio-cultural and economic transitions, with a particular interest in medieval Islamic and/or multicultural societies.

Lecturer in Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media at the University of York

Guy's research focusses on participatory media, interactive storytelling and VR, particularly in heritage settings. Guy's art practice continues to explore themes of interactivity, narrative and space and comprises kinetic sculpture, live musical performance, video, animation, interactive environments and interfaces.

Dr Stuart Eve

Stuart is a founding partner of L – P : Archaeology, with over 15 years of experience as a professional archaeologist. He has a keen interest in the relationship between technology and archaeology.

Stuart has a PhD in Archaeology from University College London – using augmented reality to merge the digital record with the in situ archaeological deposits. He brings this expertise to guide L – P through the process of academic publishing, as well as pushing the boundaries of what can be done with digital and physical data from commercial excavations.

Kieron Niven

Kieron has worked as a Digital Archivist at the Archaeology Data Service since 2003 and has focussed on data standards and guidance since 2009.

In addition to working on a number of large archiving projects such as the Historic Landscape Characterisation programme and Crossrail, as Data Standards lead he has been responsible for the development of the ADS Guides to Good Practice. This has included the 2009-11 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded project in conjunction with Digital Antiquity and tDAR, and with various European partners under the ARIADNE project between 2013-16. More recently Kieron has focussed on standards in 3D and scientific data and since 2018 has contributed to the CS3DP project as part of the Best Practices working group.

Ryan Lay

Before Co-Founding BetaJester Ltd in 2015, Ryan completed his Masters in Computer Science with Games Development at the University of Hull. Focusing largely in physics systems and UX, Ryan took his earlier focus and skill set of Fine Arts and applied it to games and interactive experiences. Through the running of BetaJester Ltd, Ryan has taken the lead in UI/UX development and help to produce easy to use, quality experiences for clients around the world.

Dr Zena Kamash

Senior Lecturer in Roman Archaeology, Dept of Classics, Royal Holloway University of London

Zena is a Roman archaeologist who specialises in the archaeology and heritage of the Middle East and Britain. Zena is particularly interested in how people interact with the past through both digital and non-digital means. She is currently writing a book that investigates reconstruction projects, both real and virtual, which have proliferated recently as a response to cultural heritage destruction in Syria and Iraq. She is also leading a British Academy-funded project, based in Iraq, that explores the relationships between crafting, heritage and well-being for people who have experienced conflict.

Laura Hampden

Jeannette Plummer Sires

Project Curator of Archaeological Assemblages at the British Museum and founding member of the European Society of Black and Allied Archaeologists.

Jeannette Plummer Sires i has BAs in Anthropology and Classical Archaeology from the City University of New York. and an MSc Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology from the University of Sheffield. Jeannette completed a two-year internship at the Vertebrate Palaeontology Department at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. She has 5 years of commercial archaeology experience across England and Wales, as well as international field research experience in Iceland, Antigua and Barbuda, and Orkney.

Lucy Creighton

Curator of Archaeology at the Yorkshire Museum, York Museums Trust

Lucy is part of a team responsible for looking after and sharing the Yorkshire Museum’s Designated Archaeology collection, which includes some of the finest Roman material from Britain. She has previously worked in other regional museums in Yorkshire and at the Museum of London. She is particularly interested in exploring innovative ways to engage audiences with archaeological collections, beyond traditional museum displays.

Adam Parker

Associate Collections Curator at York Museums Trust

Adam has over 10-years of experience curating, interpreting, and researching the Roman archaeological collections from York and Yorkshire. He is the author of Archaeology of Roman York, an accessible introduction to Roman York and is researching his PhD in Classical Studies part-time with the Open University, investigating the archaeology of magic in Roman Britain.

Project Advisors

Dr Stuart Jeffrey

Reader in Heritage Visualisation at the School of Simulation, Glasgow School of Art

Stuart's research covers all aspects of heritage visualisation and the use of new technologies to create records, analyse, interpret, and represent heritage, from the built to the intangible. Current research focuses on the ways these technologies transform the relationships between individuals, academia and broader contemporary communities of interest. Stuart is currently Co-Investigator on the AHRC funded Scotland’s Rock Art Project, Co-Director of the SoAS funded HARPS (Staffa) research project and is Co-Director of the major GCRF funded One Ocean Hub. Stuart previously worked for the West of Scotland Archaeology Service and the Archaeology Data Service (ADS), University of York, where. managed a number of major digital heritage research projects funded by JISC, the AHRC, the European Union and the NEH. Stuart has published extensively on diverse topics in archaeology and computer science, including digital authenticity, creative response, medieval sculpted stones, archaeological informatics, visualisation techniques, digital preservation and the use of social media in archaeology.

Professor Maureen Caroll

Chair in Roman Archaeology, Department of Archaeology, University of York

Maureen is a Roman archaeologist whose key research interests are Roman burial practices, funerary commemoration, and Roman childhood and family studies. She headed up the British team participating in a large EU-funded multi-national project (DressID) on Roman textiles and clothing, her focus being on dress and identity in funerary portraits on the Rhine and Danube frontiers. A further area of interest is the topic of Roman garden archaeology, on which she has published extensively. More recently, Maureen has studied the role of women in votive religion in early Roman Italy.

Malin Holst

Lecturer in Osteoarchaeology, Department of Archaeology, University of York

Malin's research focuses on bioarchaeology, especially palaeopathology, with particular emphasis on weapon-related trauma. Malin has examined numerous battle-victims, including those from the battles of Heronbridge 613 and Towton 1461. Her research interests also include burial ritual, particularly multi-period cemeteries, which often span millennia.