Simon Timberlake PhD



Research interests

  • Mining archaeology
  • Stone and metalwork analysis
  • Experimental archaeology + archaeometallurgy

Curriculum vitae

  • Since March 2017 specialist in archaeomaterials analysis + Affiliate Scholar McDonald Institute, University of Cambridge
  • September 2006 - March 2017 Senior Researcher at the Cambridge Archaeological Unit, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge
  • September 2006 Doctorate at the University of Coventry, UK ‘Prospecting for Bronze Age metal mines and beyond – archaeological excavation, survey and palaeo-environmental research within Wales and the UK’
  • 2005 – 2003 Coventry University, Leverhulme Trust Researcher studying palaeoenvironmental and pollution histories of peat basins close to sites of prehistoric mining in the UK
  • 2000 – 1996 The Manchester Museum (Manchester University), Chief Archaeological Surveyor, Alderley Edge Landscape Project (Leverhulme Trust)
  • 1996 – 1995 University of Wales Bangor, Research Assistant (Leverhulme Trust), Early mining sites in Wales – scientific sampling programme
  • 1995 – 1987 South-East Area Museums Service, Travelling Geology Curator
  • 1982 MSc Micropalaeontology, University of Aberystwyth
  • 1978 BSc Geology, University of Leicester

Experimental archaeology teaching and research

Early Mines Research Group (1990-1997): firesetting and prehistoric mining
DBM/ RUB (2011-2015): experimental gold mining and processing at Sakdrissi, Georgia + copper ore processing at Mitterberg
Butser Ancient Farm UK (2002-2016): teaching courses in prehistoric experimental archaeometallurgy
Experimental Archaeology Fellowship (1/11/2017 – 29/02/2018)

Institute of Archaeological Studies
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Am Bergbaumuseum 31
44791 Bochum

Phone: 0234 3229294
E-Mail: simon.timberlake@gmail.com