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Dr Chrissie Freeth

PositionHonorary Research Fellow
DepartmentSchool of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences
Telephone+44 (0) 1274 233531

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

MA Archaeology - co-acting course manager

Module co-ordinator:

  • Politics and Archaeology

Contribution towards:

  • Later Prehistory of Eurasia
  • Introduction to World Archaeology

Currently supervises undergraduate dissertations.


Shortly after the completion of her PhD (Bradford, 2000), Chrissie was appointed an Honorary Research Fellow in order to realise her commitment to the popularising of archaeology and the production of archaeology-based narrative non-fiction.

Research Areas

Chrissie is particularly interested in the archaeology of the Levant, gender, and the interaction of the archaeological and historical record.

She has recently completed a project investigating the political and economic relationship between Phoenicia and Israel and how it affected the reception and portrayal of royal women during the early 9th century BC. The continued ramifications of this relationship on subsequent generations was also investigated, and how their stories were manipulated to meet the political needs of the emerging Roman Empire.

Integrating the archaeological and historical record of Mesopotamia, the Levant and the wider Near Eastern world, Chrissie is currently investigating the political, domestic and economic role of royal women within the palace system. This includes the manifestation of hierarchy, and the logistics and administration involved. The project also examines how such dynamics have become obscured by the Victorian legacy of Orientalism.

Chrissie’s other research interests include archaeological textiles and the portrayal of archaeology in fiction. She is also interested in Bradford’s World Heritage Site of Saltaire and in particular how the construction of the village and the social engineering it entailed affected the lives of the women who lived and worked there.


  • Taylor, T. & C. M. Freeth 2001. Skeuomorphism in Scythia: deference and emulation. Olbia ta antichnii svit: Kyiv: Academy of Sciences of the Ukraine/British Academy

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