Meet the Team

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Rob Witcher

The Editor, Dr Robert Witcher, is Associate Professor in Archaeology at Durham University. He studied for a BA and MA at Newcastle University and a PhD at the University of Leicester. He then worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the British School at Rome before joining the Archaeology Department at Durham in 2004. His principal research interests are Roman and landscape archaeology in Italy and the Mediterranean. Prior to becoming Editor, he was Reviews and Deputy Editor from 2013-2017.'s picture
Claire Nesbitt
Deputy and Reviews Editor

The Deputy and Reviews editor, Dr Claire Nesbitt, gained a PhD in Byzantine Archaeology from Newcastle University, following M.Litt and BA degrees in Archaeology. She has been a Research Associate at Durham University for several years, publishing legacy sites, teaching and undertaking research on a range of archaeological periods. Claire is an experienced field archaeologist having worked for commercial units and undertaken research fieldwork. She is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and has served on the executive committee of the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies. Her principal research interests are Byzantine and Classical archaeology.

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Robin Skeates
Associate Editor

Robin Skeates is a Professor in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University (UK), Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and Honorary Member of the European Association of Archaeologists. His research and publications explore a wide variety of themes within the overlapping fields of material, visual and sensual culture studies, and museum and heritage studies. His current collaborative projects include archaeological fieldwork at later prehistoric caves in Italy, and development work on museum education in Jordan. He has gained extensive editorial experience, particularly having served as General Editor of the European Journal of Archaeology for nine years.

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Ross Kendall
Editorial Assistant

Ross gained a PhD in Archaeology and Anthropology from Durham University in 2015, following on from an MA in Anthropology and BA in Archaeology. An experienced field archaeologist and freelance human osteologist, his research expertise is in biomolecular archaeology, principally the analysis of ancient proteins. He currently teaches part time in the Archaeology Department at Durham University on topics within archaeological science and biomolecular archaeology. Ross has published in international archaeological journals, is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of professional organisations including BABAO and the Society for Archaeological Sciences.

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Adam Benton
Public Engagement and Press Administrator

Adam Benton has a Bsc and Msc in Palaeoanthropology from the University of Liverpool. During this time, he engaged in numerous public engagement activities. Online, this involved building Filthy Monkey Men, a human evolution science communication website and associated social media presence. These have an online reach of more than 200,000 users per month. Offline, he gave human evolution talks at various events across the north-west of England.