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
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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Becky Gowland
Associate Editor

The Associate Editor, Dr Rebecca Gowland, is an Associate Professor in Bioarchaeology at Durham University. She studied for a BSc and PhD at Durham University and an MSc at the University of Sheffield. She has worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Universities of Sheffield and Dundee and a Junior Research Fellow at St John's College, Cambridge, before joining the Archaeology Department in 2006. Her principal research interests include: the inter-relationship between the human skeleton and social identity; health and the life course in the Roman World; palaeopathology; and social perceptions of the physically impaired.'s picture
Liz Ryan
Editorial Manager

The Editorial Manager, Liz Ryan, has been working in journal publishing since 2007 managing a wide range of editorial offices for various publishing companies including Taylor & Francis. She also works on a freelance basis providing editorial support and she is a member of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors. Liz has a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Language from the University of Liverpool, MA in History from Teesside University and an MA in Archaeology at Durham University focusing on the early medieval period. Liz is also involved in community archaeology with an emphasis on archaeology in northern England.'s picture
Thomas Swindells
Deputy Editorial Manager

Thomas Swindells gained a BA and MA in English literature at Durham University. An Associate of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, he operated his own proofreading and editing business prior to joining Antiquity in 2013, working within a range of academic disciplines and in association with several prominent journals, including Procedia and the Review of Islamic Economics. His research interests include Renaissance tragedy, Restoration poetry, and the Classics and historical fiction, alongside the works of Thomas Pynchon, Evelyn Waugh, and Graham Greene. He is also a published author of short stories and writes regularly on cinema.

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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.