Meet the Team

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Rob Witcher
Editor

The Editor, Dr Robert Witcher, is Associate Professor in Archaeology at Durham University. He studied for a BA and MA at Newcastle University and a PhD at the University of Leicester. He then worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the British School at Rome before joining the Archaeology Department at Durham in 2004. His principal research interests are Roman and landscape archaeology in Italy and the Mediterranean. Prior to becoming Editor, he was Reviews and Deputy Editor from 2013-2017.

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Claire Nesbitt
Deputy and Reviews Editor

The Deputy and Reviews editor, Dr Claire Nesbitt, gained a PhD in Byzantine Archaeology from Newcastle University, following M.Litt and BA degrees in Archaeology. She has been a Research Associate at Durham University for several years, publishing legacy sites, teaching and undertaking research on a range of archaeological periods. Claire is an experienced field archaeologist having worked for commercial units and undertaken research fieldwork. She is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and has served on the executive committee of the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies. Her principal research interests are Byzantine and Classical archaeology.

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Robin Skeates
Associate Editor

Robin Skeates is a Professor in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University (UK), Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and Honorary Member of the European Association of Archaeologists. His research and publications explore a wide variety of themes within the overlapping fields of material, visual and sensual culture studies, and museum and heritage studies. His current collaborative projects include archaeological fieldwork at later prehistoric caves in Italy, and development work on museum education in Jordan. He has gained extensive editorial experience, particularly having served as General Editor of the European Journal of Archaeology for nine years.

Lindsey Elstub
Editorial Manager

Lindsey has a history of academic journal management and publishing across a variety of research areas. Most recently, she worked as a Managing Editor for Cochrane, where she was responsible for the operational management of the editorial base and the editorial process for the preparation and publication of systematic reviews of healthcare interventions. Prior to this, she held a number of editorial and communication roles, including for journals such as Statistics in Medicine. She is a member of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors.

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Ross Kendall
Production Team Leader

Ross gained a PhD in Archaeology and Anthropology from Durham University in 2015, following on from an MA in Anthropology and BA in Archaeology. An experienced field archaeologist and freelance human osteologist, his research expertise is in biomolecular archaeology, principally the analysis of ancient proteins. Ross has published in international archaeological journals, is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of professional organisations including BABAO and the Society for Archaeological Sciences.

Frederick Foulds
Editorial Assistant

Frederick holds a PhD in Palaeolithic Archaeology from Durham University. He works as a freelance lithic specialist and has excavated at sites in the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East. He has previously acted as the Editor for Lithics, the journal of the Lithic Studies Society, and worked within open access and publishing roles. His research interests focus on stone tools and the questions surrounding individual and group interactions within the Lower Palaeolithic.

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Adam Benton
Public Engagement and Press Administrator

Adam Benton has a Bsc and Msc in Palaeoanthropology from the University of Liverpool. During this time, he engaged in numerous public engagement activities. Online, this involved building Filthy Monkey Men, a human evolution science communication website and associated social media presence. These have an online reach of more than 200,000 users per month. Offline, he gave human evolution talks at various events across the north-west of England.