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Assoc Professor Helen Lewis

Assoc Professor

Helen Lewis

Associate Professor
School of Archaeology
01 716 8169
University College Dublin, School of Archaeology, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


Currently the Graduate Director for the UCD School of Archaeology, I am an archaeologist and geoarchaeologist working primarily on later prehistory in both Northwest Europe and Southeast Asia. I co-direct a 15-year excavation and field training project in Palawan Island, the Philippines, jointly with the Archaeological Studies Program in UP Diliman and the National Museum of the Philippines. Recently I have also been collating information regarding geoarchaeology standards of practice in the USA and EU. Previous and ongoing projects include research based in Laos, Malaysian Borneo, Japan, India, across the EU, UK - and even in Ireland! In addition to field research, I work as an archaeological soil micromorphologist, studying features, monuments, caves, and buried soils, looking at landscape history and use of space on sites. My teaching experience includes: geoarchaeology, landscape archaeology, environmental archaeology, the later prehistory of Britain, Southeast and East Asian archaeology, archaeological project management, and archaeological fieldwork. I was the chair of the organising committee for the 14th international European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists, held in Sept 2012 in Dublin at Dublin Castle and the Chester Beatty Library, and spent 2016-17 in the USA as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Washington. My undergraduate degree is a double specialist honours BA from the University of Toronto, with specialisations in Archaeology, and Russian Language and Literature. I did an MSc in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy at the University of Sheffield, and a PhD in Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. I also did a post-graduate certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education while on a fellowship at Oxford University.


  • Graduate Director
    University College Dublin, School of Archaeology, Dublin, Ireland1 Aug 2017
  • Director of MA in Archaeology
    University College Dublin, School of Archaeology, Dublin, Ireland1 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2018
  • International Officer
    University College Dublin, School of Archaeology, Dublin, Ireland1 Aug 2013 - 31 Aug 2015
  • Teaching and Learning Officer
    University College Dublin, School of Archaeology, Dublin, Ireland1 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2011


  • Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer)
    University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland31 Aug 2015
  • Lecturer (Assistant Professor)
    University College Dublin, School of Archaeology, Ireland1 Oct 2006 - 31 Aug 2015
  • Archaeology & Anthropology Tutor & Fellow, Harris Manchester College
    University of Oxford1 Oct 2005 - 1 Oct 2007
  • Sessional tutor
    Birkbeck College, University of London1 Sep 2005 - 1 Jun 2006
  • Fellow in Applied Landscape Archaeology, OUDCE & Kellogg College
    University of Oxford1 Oct 2002 - 1 Oct 2004
  • Post-doctoral researcher (RA - Wyke Down Project, Cranborne Chase, Dorset)
    University of Cambridge1 Dec 1997 - 1 Oct 2003
  • Temporary lecturer
    University College London1 Oct 2000 - 31 Dec 2000


  • Managing Director
    Pangaea Archaeology Ltd., Oxford, United Kingdom1 Sep 2004 - 31 Aug 2006
  • Assistant archaeologist
    Cambridgeshire County Council, Archaeology Office, Cambridge, United Kingdom1 Nov 1999 - 31 Jan 2002
  • Field excavator (part-time)
    Cambridge Archaeological Unit, Cambridge, United Kingdom1 May 1993 - 31 Oct 1999


  • BA
    University of Toronto ON
  • MSc
    University of Sheffield
  • PhD
    University of Cambridge


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Learning and Teaching
    University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom1 Oct 2002 - 31 Aug 2004
    Higher Education Learning & TeachingPostdoctoral FellowshipSupervised by Locke G


  • French
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • German
    Can read
  • Russian
    Can read, write, speak and understand