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Biography

Jodie joined the University of Bradford in 2022. She completed her undergraduate degree, Masters and PhD at the University of Bristol and has lectured at the Universities of Bangor and Worcester.

Jodie is a prehistorian with particular interests in the Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Ages.  She has carried out numerous large fieldwork projects focusing on these periods but she is also engaged in multi-period landscape studies.  Jodie is particularly interested in karst landscape features, such as caves, gorges and sinkholes, and how past communities interacted with these and other natural features such as spring issues/sinks and mineral deposits. As part of this, she also investigates the links between such places and Neolithic and Bronze Age ceremonial and funerary monuments.

Research

Jodie's research focuses on the Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age periods in western Britain, with a particular emphasis upon landscape perception, funerary practice and ritual behaviour. She has been running field projects since 1997, which have included excavations at Mesolithic sites; Neolithic causewayed enclosures, standing stones, henges and timber and stone circles; Bronze Age barrows and a wetland Late Bronze Age metalwork hoard. Recently, her interests in multi-period landscape studies have seen her carry out excavations at a Romano-British shrine; a Medieval farmstead; a post-Medieval settlement complex and elements of a Capability Brown designed landscape.   

Currently, Jodie is running the Priddy Environs Project. The parish of Priddy, in the Mendip Hills, Somerset, contains a wealth of archaeological sites ranging from earlier prehistory to the 20th century, including funerary and ritual sites, settlements, agricultural structures and the remains of extractive activities.  However, our understanding of the typology, development and chronology of these sites, the relationships between them and their associated material culture is poor, limited by the lack of modern excavation. As a result, many of the archaeological sites are of uncertain date and function, making it difficult to generate interpretations.  These interpretations are not only of academic value but can also be used to enhance community engagement with their local heritage and aid management and conservation strategies. The Priddy Environs Project is a long-term archaeological research initiative focused on understanding and enhancing knowledge of this important historic environment.

Date Role Title / Description Funder Award
07-JUL-12 - 01-JUL-30PIPriddy Environs Project

Teaching

Teaching interests

The Archaeology and Heritage of Britain
Prehistoric Britain
Archaeological Theory
Archaeological Fieldwork

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-01: University of Bristol - PhD (funded)
  • 01-JAN-96: University of Bristol - MA (funded)
  • 01-JAN-95: University of Bristol - BA (Hons)
  • 01-AUG-02: University of Worcester - Principal Lecturer in Archaeology & Heritage
  • 01-SEP-99: Bangor University - Lecturer in Archaeology
  • 01-SEP-00: University of the West of England - Visiting Lecturer in Historic Environment/Heritage Studies
  • 01-OCT-96: University of Bristol - P/T Tutor for MA Landscape Archaeology
  • 01-AUG-13: Somerset Archaeological & Natural History Society Heritage Grants Committee,
  • 11-JUN-18: Prehistoric Society,
  • 01-JAN-15: Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries
  • External Examiner Cultural Heritage Institute, Royal Agricultural University: MSc Archaeological and Heritage Practice, MSc Historic Environment Management, MSc Conservation and Management of Historic Buildings, MBA Cultural Heritage Leadership and MSc Historical Archaeology
  • External Examiner University of Manchester: European Prehistory Undergraduate Programme
  • External Examiner University of Oxford: Undergraduate Diploma and Advanced Diploma in British Archaeology
  • External Examiner University of Chester: Undergraduate degrees in Archaeology, History and Heritage Management (with Manx Studies programme)

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleExcavations at Yarborough and Knoll Hill Farm standing stones, North Somerset (2022)
AuthorsMullin, D; Lewis, J; Taylor, H
JournalProceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society
PublisherSomerset Archaeological and Natural History Society
 
TitleMesolithic cave use in south western Britain: from dynamic cosmologies to folk taxonomies (2021)
AuthorsRosen, C; Lewis, J
JournalProceedings of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society
PublisherUniversity of Bristol Spelaeological Society
 
TitleMaking a Significant Place: Excavations at the Late Mesolithic Site of Langley’s Lane, Midsomer Norton, Bath and North-East Somerset (2019)
AuthorsLewis, Jodie; Rosen, Caroline; Booth, Rona; Davies, P; Allen, M; Law, M
JournalArchaeological Journal
 
TitleExcavations at a Cropmark Henge near Bredon, Worcestershire. (2016)
AuthorsLewis, Jodie; Mullin, David
JournalTransactions of Worcestershire Archaeological Society
PublisherTransactions of Worcestershire Archaeological Society
 
TitleWhere Water Wells Up From the Earth: Excavations at the Findspot of the Late Bronze Age Broadward Hoard, Shropshire. (2015)
AuthorsBradley, R; Lewis, Jodie; Mullin, David; Branch, N
JournalAntiquaries Journal
 
Title) ...An Assemblage of Ponderous Stones: Recent Archaeological Fieldwork at Stanton Drew Stone Circles (2013)
AuthorsLewis, Jodie; Mullin, David
JournalArchaeological Journal
 
TitleNew Excavations at Priddy Circle 1, Mendip Hills, Somerset (2011)
AuthorsLewis, J; Mullin, D
JournalProceedings of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society
PublisherUniversity of Bristol Spelaeological Society
 
TitleThe long barrows and long mounds of West Mendip (2009)
AuthorsLewis, Jodie
JournalProceedings of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society
PublisherUniversity of Bristol Spelaeological Society
 
TitleExcavations east of Blackmoor, Charterhouse, Mendip Hills, Somerset (2008)
AuthorsLewis, J
JournalProceedings of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society
PublisherUniversity of Bristol Spelaeological Society
 
TitleResults of Geophysical Surveys at Two Barrow Sites in Cheddar and Priddy Parishes, Mendip. (2004)
AuthorsLewis, Jodie
JournalProceedings of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society
 
TitleThe Middle Down Drove Project (2001)
AuthorsLewis, Jodie; Mullin, David
JournalProceedings of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society
PublisherUniversity of Bristol Spelaeological Society
 
TitleThe Everton Flint Collection in Wells Museum. (1999)
AuthorsLewis, Jodie
JournalProceedings of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society
PublisherUniversity of Bristol Spelaeological Society
 
Other Journal
TitleUpwards at 45 Degrees: The Use of Vertical Caves During the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age on Mendip, Somerset (2000)
AuthorsLewis, Jodie
JournalCave Archaeology and Palaeontology Research Archive
PublisherCAPRA
 
Book
TitleThe Archaeology of Mendip: 500,000 years of Continuity and Change. (2011)
AuthorsLewis, Jodie (ed)
PublisherOxbow Books/Heritage Marketing and Publications
 
TitleMonuments, Ritual and Regionality: The Neolithic of Northern Somerset (2005)
AuthorsLewis, Jodie
PublisherBAR/Archaeopress
 
Book Chapters
TitleBetween the Channel and the Chalk: A Regional Perspective on Grooved Ware and Beaker Pottery from the Mendip Hills, Somerset (2012)
AuthorsLewis; J; Mullin; D
JournalRecent Archaeological Work in South-Western Britain. Papers in honour of Henrietta Quinnell
PublisherBritish Archaeological Reports
 
TitleWest of Wessex, but only just: round barrow construction on the Mendip Hills, Somerset (2012)
AuthorsLewis, J; Mullin, D
JournalReflections on the Past: essays in honour of Frances Lynch
PublisherCambrian Archaeological Association
 
TitleBorders in a Limestone Landscape: Neolithic Cave Use in the Mendip Hills, SW England (2011)
AuthorsLewis, J
JournalPlaces In Between: The Archaeology of Social, Cultural and Geographical Borders and Borderlands
PublisherOxbow
 
TitleIntroduction (2011)
AuthorsLewis, Jodie
JournalThe Archaeology of Mendip: 500,000 years of continuity and change
PublisherOxbow Books/Heritage Marketing and Publications
 
TitleOn Top of the World: The Use of the Mendip Plateau during the Mesolithic and Neolithic (2011)
AuthorsLewis, Jodie
JournalThe Archaeology of Mendip: 500,000 years of continuity and change
PublisherOxbow Books/Heritage Marketing and Publications
 
TitleExperiencing the Prehistoric Landscape of Somerset (2007)
AuthorsLewis, Jodie
JournalPeople and Places: essays in Honour of Mick Aston
PublisherOxbow Books
 
TitleThe creation of round barrows on the Mendip Hills, Somerset (2007)
AuthorsLewis, Jodie
JournalBeyond the Grave: New Perspectives on Barrows
PublisherOxbow Books
 
TitleTufa Deposits and Archaeology in the Mendip area, Somerset (2006)
AuthorsDavies, P., Haslett, S., Lewis, J. and Reeves, E.
JournalQuaternary of Somerset
PublisherQuaternary Research Association
 
Other Publications
Other typeForeword
TitleForeword in: Davies, M. Of Mounds and Men: Prehistoric Barrows of the Frome Area (2020)
AuthorsLewis, Jodie
PublisherFrome Society for Local Study
 
Other typeBook Review
TitleNeolithic and Bronze Age Funerary and Ritual Practices in Wales, 3600-1200 BC (2019)
AuthorsLewis, Jodie
PublisherPrehistoric Society
 
Other typeForeword
TitleForeword in Williams, H., Wills-Eve, B. and Osborne, J. (eds.) The Public Archaeology of Death (2019)
AuthorsLewis, Jodie
PublisherEquinox Publishing Ltd
 
Other typeNewsletter
TitleFilling the Gaps: New Research on the Mendip Hills, Somerset (2018)
AuthorsLewis, Jodie; Mullin, David; Johnson, Neal
PublisherPAST: The Newsletter of the Prehistoric Society
 
Other typeBook Review
TitleThe Historic Landscape of the Mendip Hills (2015)
AuthorsLewis, Jodie
PublisherThe Prehistoric Society
 
Other typeBook Review
TitleCadbury Castle. The hillfort and landscapes (2010)
AuthorsLewis, Jodie
PublisherJournal of Landscape History
 
Other typeNewsletter
TitleDating the Priddy Circles, Somerset (2010)
AuthorsLewis, Jodie; Mullin, David
PublisherPAST: The Newsletter of the Prehistoric Society
 
Other typeNewsletter
TitleA Late Mesolithic/Early Neolithic Site at Langley’s Lane, Near Midsomer Norton, Somerset (2005)
AuthorsLewis, J; Davies, P
PublisherPAST: The Newsletter of the Prehistoric Society
 
Other typeBook Review
TitlePlaces of Special Virtue (2005)
AuthorsLewis, Jodie
PublisherJournal of Landscape History