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Professor Vicki Cummings

Professor of Neolithic Archaeology, Deputy Head (Research) School of Natural Sciences
School of Natural Sciences
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Vicki specialises in the Mesolithic and Neolithic of Britain and Ireland, with a particular focus on the transition period, monuments and landscape. She has a broader interest in hunting and gathering populations and stone tools. She has excavated a series of Neolithic monuments including Clyde cairns, Bargrennan monuments and dolmens.

Vicki is research lead for the archaeology team, as well as joint research lead for the School of Natural Sciences. She sits on the Senior Management Team for the School. As part of the archaeology team she teaches on a range of modules, covering her interest in Mesolithic and Neolithic communities, hunting and gathering populations and archaeological theory. She runs a research excavation in the summer which trains students in fieldwork techniques.

Vicki started her career at Cardiff University where she was a Research Associate in Neolithic Archaeology. In 2004 she moved to Preston to join the University and set up a new degree in Archaeology. She has benefitted from a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship as well as a British Academy Mid-Career fellowship which has enabled her to research monumentality in Britain and Ireland. She has enjoyed seeing the Archaeology department at UCLan grow over the years and was delighted that we were one of the first universities in the UK to receive accreditation of our degrees from the Chartered Institute of Archaeology/University Archaeology UK.

  • PhD in Archaeology University of Wales (Cardiff) 2001
  • MA in Archaeology Cardiff University 1997
  • BA in Archaeology Cardiff University 1995
  • Neolithic Britain and Ireland Monumentality
  • Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in northern Europe
  • Chambered tombs
  • Member of Chartered Institute of Archaeologists
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
  • Vice chair University Archaeology UK