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Dr Ben Jennings

PositionPostdoctoral Research Assistant
LocationL20e, Richmond building
DepartmentSchool of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences
Telephone+44 (0) 1274 234215

Research Interests (key words only)

Archaeological theory, Bronze Age, Europe, wetland, lake-dwellings, exchange, trade, maritime archaeology, 3d digital recording, 3d printing, network analysis, object biographies, object fragmentation

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Module co-ordinator for Humans: Past and Present
  • Contributor to Archaeology: Theory and Method
  • Contributor to Theoretical Archaeology
  • Contributor to Site Evaluation Strategies


Ben completed his bachelor's degree in archaeology at the University of Wales Lampeter, where he developed an interest in maritime archaeology, leading to his subsequent masters degree in maritime archaeology and history at Bristol University. Here he met Professor Francesco Menotti, and assisted on his underwater excavations of a pile-dwelling at Lake Luokesas, Lithuania. After graduating from Bristol, Ben worked as a commercial archaeologist on various projects in the Midlands, southern England, and Wales, before working on the Newport Medieval Ship Project.

When the opportunity arose to undertake his PhD, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), on lake-dwellings and exchange systems during the Bronze Age, Ben moved to Switzerland to complete this research. Following award of his PhD, Ben continued as a post-doc researcher on an expansion project, again funded by the SNF, with the aim of identifying the potential for applying network analysis techniques to Bronze Age lake-dwelling and terrestrial sites in Switzerland.

Ben has moved to the School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences at the University of Bradford as a research assistant to Professor Francesco Menotti.

Study History

  • 2003 - BA Archaeology, University of Wales Lampeter
  • 2005 - MA Maritime Archaeology and History, University of Bristol
  • 2013 - PhD Archaeology, University of Basel, Switzerland

Professional History

I have previously worked in field archaeology in the UK, and on the digital recording of an excavated medieval ship in south Wales (the Newport Medieval Ship Project).

Professional Activities

Ben is a practitioner member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, and is currently undertaking a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice.

Research Areas

Current projects: WARP30: Wetland Archaeology Research Project 30th Anniversary Meeting, University of Bradford, June 28th – July 2nd 2016. @WARP30Bradford


Jennings B (2015) Ceramics as indicators of Late Bronze Age environments at Zürich-Alpenquai (Switzerland). Open Archaeology 1(1): 208-224

Jennings Benjamin R (2015) Bronze Age trade and exchange through the Alps: influencing cultural variability? In MENOTTI F (ed) The End of the Lake-Dwellings in the Circum-Alpine Region. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 211-235

Jennings, B. (2014) Breaking with Tradition. Cultural influences for the decline of the Circum-Alpine region lake-dwellings, Leiden, Sidestone Press

Jennings, B. (2014) Travelling Objects: Changing Values. The role of northern Alpine lake-dwelling communities in exchange and communication networks during the Late Bronze Age. Oxford: Archaeopress Archaeology

Jennings, B. (2014) Repair, Recycle or Re-use? Creating mnemonic devices through the modification of object biographies. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 24.1: 163-176

Menotti, F., Jennings, B., GOLLNISCH-MOOS, H. (2014) ‘Gifts for the gods’: lake-dwellers’ macabre remedies against floods in the Central European Bronze Age. Antiquity, 88: 456–469

Jennings, B. & WIEMANN, P. (2013) Theorising the biographies of wetland settlement utilizing insights from micromorphological analysis. Journal of Wetland Archaeology 13: 59-70

Jennings, B. (2013) Settling and moving: a biographical approach to interpreting patterns of occupation in LBA Circum-Alpine lake-dwellings. Journal of Wetland Archaeology, 12: 1-21

Wiemann, P., Kühn, M., Heitz-Weniger, A., Stopp, B., Jennings, B., Rentzel, Ph. and Menotti, F. (2012) Zurich-Alpenquai: a multidisciplinary approach to the chronological development of a Late Bronze Age lakeside settlement in the northern Circum-Alpine Region. Journal of Wetland Archaeology 12: 58-85

Jennings, B. (2012) When the Going Gets Tough...? Climatic or Cultural Influences for the LBA Abandonment of Circum-Alpine Lake-Dwellings, in J. Kniesel, W. Kirleis, M. Dal Corso, N. Taylor & V. Tiedtke (Eds.) Collapse or Continuity? Environment and Development of Bronze Age Human Landscapes. Proceedings of the International Workshop "Socio-Environmental Dynamics over the Last 12,000 Years: The Creation of Landscapes II", Rudolf Habelt, Bonn. 85-99


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