Reconstruction drawing of medieval tannery
Reconstruction of late medieval life on the urban fringe by Judith Dobie © Historic England
Reconstruction of late medieval life on the urban fringe by Judith Dobie © Historic England

Environmental Archaeology

Environmental archaeology uses techniques from biology and geology to study people’s relationship with their environment in the past. The subject covers how people obtained their food and other necessities as well as the development of agriculture and industry and the impact this had on our environment.  

Historic England environmental archaeologists provide advice  and support to the sector.  We conduct and fund research in archaeobotany, zooarchaeology, geoarchaeology, palaeoecology and human remains  and aim to increase public engagement in environmental archaeology and heritage science.

Current projects include the Sheep Project, Ageing the Old and Biodiversity and Human-land-use change

Gill Campbell

Head of Environmental Studies
  • Address

    Fort Cumberland,
    Fort Cumberland Road,
    Portsmouth,
    P04 9LD
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