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Mr Samuel Harris

PositionResearch student
LocationRichmond Building
DepartmentSchool of Archaeological Sciences
Telephone+44 (0) 1274 234618

Research Interests (key words only)

Archaeomagnetic Dating, Radiocarbon Dating, Prehistory of Britain and Ireland, Bayesian Statistical Analysis of Multi-Modal Dating Techniques, The Application of Palaeomagnetic Methods to Answer Archaeological Questions.

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Contributor to Topics in Archaeometry (M and UG).
  • Contributor to Laboratory Science (UG).
  • Contributor to Archaeology: Theory and Method (UG).

Administrative Responsibilities

  • (Former) Postgraduate Research Representative, 2015 – 2017.


Sam completed his BSc in Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford in 2012, where he developed an interest in archaeomagnetism.

In 2010, through the placement year which the University of Bradford offered, he was able to spend time at Lancaster University’s Centre for Environmental Magnetism & Palaeomagnetism. This broadened his interests in palaeomagnetism and led to a two-year position as a Research Technician (2012 – 2014). This involved a variety of projects ranging from investigating the geomagnetic field during the Ordovician and Silurian epochs (reconstruction of tectonic movements) to assisting supervision of archaeomagnetic dating contracts.

Deciding to return to archaeology he undertook the Archaeological Sciences MSc back at the University of Bradford, which he completed in 2015. Geomagnetism and its applications to archaeological questions have always formed part of his research interests, even from his undergraduate dissertation. The PhD project he is currently working on is kindly funded by Historic Environment Scotland and began in 2015.

Study History

  • BSc. (Hons) Archaeological Sciences, 2012, University of Bradford.
  • MSc. Archaeological Sciences, 2015, University of Bradford.

Professional History

  • Research Technician, 2012 – 2014, Lancaster University.
  • Researcher (awarded the Nuffield Foundation’s Undergraduate Research Bursary of £1,440.00 over 8 weeks, 2011, University of Bradford.
  • Frequent employment on archaeomagnetic dating contracts for the commercial industry, 2010 - present, Lancaster University and the University of Bradford.

Professional Activities

  • Student Member of the Society of Scottish Antiquaries, 2017 - present.

Current Projects

  • 2015 – Present: Historic Environment Scotland funded PhD studentship: Developing Archaeomagnetic Dating for the Scottish Neolithic. Supervised by Dr Catherine Batt, Prof. Ian Armit, and Mr Nick Card (external: University of Highlands and Islands).

Research Collaborations

  • Lancaster University: Centre for Environmental Magnetism & Palaeomagnetism.


  • 2017: Paper, UK Archaeological Sciences, University College of London
  • 2017: Invited Poster, Magnetics Information Consortium Conference and Workshop, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, San Diego, USA (Awarded $750.00 Travel Grant)
  • 2016: Invited Lecture, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 2016: Poster, International Symposium of Archaeometry, Kalamata, Greece
  • 2016: Poster, Magnetic Interactions Conference, Imperial College of London
  • 2013: Co-Organiser and Poster, Magnetic Interactions Conference, Lancaster University


  • Harris SE and Batt CM (2017) Archaeomagnetic Dating in Toolis R and Bowles C The Lost Dark Age Kingdom of Rheged: The Discovery of a Royal Stronghold at Trusty’s Hill, Galloway. Oxbow Books: Oxford.
  • Hounslow MW, Harris SE, Lucas VA, Orchard M, Mørk A and Lord G (2015a) Linking lithostratigraphy and chronostratigraphy at the mid to late Triassic transition on Edgeøya, (Svalbard): the role of magnetostratigraphy. Boreal Triassic II Conference (Longyearbyen, Svalbard).
  • Hounslow MW, Harris SE, Lucas VA, Mørk A and Karloukovski V (2015b) Chronostratigraphy of the youngest parts of the De Geerdealen Formation on Hopen and Wilhelmøya. Boreal Triassic II Conference (Longyearbyen, Svalbard).
  • Hounslow MW, Harris SE, Lucas VA, Lundschien BA and Mørk A (2015c) Magnetostratigraphy and chronostratigraphy of the De Geerdalen, Snadd, Tschermakfjellet and Botneheia Formations in wells 7830/3-u-1, 7831/2-u-1 and 7831/2-u-2 (Kong Karls Land) and well 7533/2-u-1, (Sentralbanken High) Northern Barents Sea. Boreal Triassic II Conference (Longyearbyen, Svalbard)
  • Outram Z, Harris SE and Batt CM (2014) Archaeomagnetic dating in Coolen J and Mehler N Excavations and Surveys at the Law Ting Holm, Tingwall, Shetland: An Iron Age settlement and medieval assembly site. BAR British series: 592.

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