Dr Gianna Ayala
BA (University of Texas at Austin), MA (Università di Roma, La Sapienza), PhD (University of Cambridge)
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Department address: Northgate House, West Street S1 4ET
After a first degree in archaeological science at the University of Texas at Austin and MA in prehistory at the Università di Roma, La Sapienza I came to the UK to do a doctoral thesis on geoarchaeological approaches to investigating human impact in the Sicilian Nebrodi Mountains (University of Cambridge).
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work for English Heritage as a geoarchaeologist in 2003 before taking my post in the Department of Archaeology in 2004.
- Geoarchaeology (landscape and on-site investigations)
- Italian and Mediterranean prehistory
- Landscape archaeology and field survey techniques
Current research projects / collaborations:
- San Vincenzo, Stromboli (Sicily): in collaboration with the Dr. Sara Levi (Università di Modena) and Marco Bettelli (CNR Rome): excavation of a Bronze Age village on the island of Stromboli
- Knossos Gypsades Project: directed by Prof. John Bennett (University of Sheffield), Amy Bogaard (University of Oxford), Eleni Hatzaki (University of Cincinnati)
- The Bova Marina Archaeological Project (Calabria): directed by Prof. Lin Foxhall (University of Leicester) and Dr. John Robb (University of Cambridge). The fieldwork had been funded by the British Academy.
- The Upper Esino Valley Survey: directed by John Pearce (King’s College London), Maria Preztler (Swansea) and Corinna Riva (University College London). Fieldwork has been funded by the British Academy.
I would be happy to supervise students on topics relating to geoarchaeology, landscape archaeology, and Italian prehistory.
- Tudur Davies: Early Medieval Penllyn, an environmental landscape study.
- Craig Appley: The influence of environmental changes upon occupation practice and land use during the prehistory of the Furness Peninsula, South Cumbria, UK
- Samantha Stein: The Geoarchaeology and Micromorphology of Viking and Anglo-Saxon Occupation Sequences: understanding changes in use of space in a Viking camp and Anglo-Scandinavian settlement at Torksey, Lincolnshire
- Archaeology in the Field
- European Classical Civilisations
- Research Skills in Archaeology
I am programme coordinator of the dual MSc in Geoarchaeology.
- Geoarchaeology: Method and Theory and Environmental Archaeology
- Theory and Method of Environmental Archaeology
- Mediterranean Landscapes
- Computing and Data Analysis for Archaeologists
- Ayala, G. (2011) Regional Review of the geoarchaeology of the rivers of Southern England, English Heritage.
- Special Issue: Geoarchaeology: From Landscape to Laboratory and Back Again, (eds) M. Bateman, G. Ayala, J. Wainwright, November/December 2010, Volume 25, Issue 6, Pages 671–856
- Fitzjohn, M. and G. Ayala. (in press) Making sense of a hidden Sicilian landscape: Geoarchaeological and GIS investigations of field survey data. In Van Leusen, P.M., G. Pizziolo & L. Sarti (eds), Hidden
- Landscapes of Mediterranean Europe: Cultural and methodological biases in pre- and protohistoric landscape studies. BAR International Series.
- Ayala, G. & Fitzjohn, M. (2007) To be seen or not to be: interpretations of survey data and questions of archaeological visibility in upland Sicily, in M. Fitzjohn (ed.) The Uplands of ancient Sicily and Calabria: the archaeology of landscape revisited, Accordia.
- Geoarchaeology: From Lab to Laboratory and Back Again, Sheffield University (2009) (Co-organiser)
- Hidden Landscapes Workshop Sienna (2007) Making sense of the hidden Sicilian landscape: Geoarchaeological and GIS investigations of field survey data
Other professional activities
2004-2009 Committee Member of the AEA
2009- present Ordinary Member of the AEA and the QRA
2002-present Reviewer Geoarchaeology, Journal of Archaeological
Science, Journal of Environmental Archaeology, and Journal of Field Archaeology, Antiquity