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Jon Henderson

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts


Expertise Summary

I am a prehistoric archaeologist with specific research interests in submerged settlements. I have extensive experience of underwater archaeological operations involving monitoring, survey and excavation and have a particular expertise in the study of freshwater lake dwellings.I have supervised and directed underwater projects in the UK, Poland, Greece and Malaysia. My research on the investigation and excavation of lake dwellings in Scotland, funded by Historic Scotland, led to the formation of the Underwater Archaeology Research Centre at the University in 2004. I am currently the British Director of the Pavlopetri Underwater Archaeology Project which is investigating the oldest submerged city in the world through detailed digital underwater archaeological survey (2009-2010) and targeted underwater excavations (2011-2013).

The coastal settlement archaeology of Atlantic Europe during the Iron Age forms a further research interest and I have directed terrestrial excavations in Argyll and Caithness in Scotland.

I am also interested in the application of computers, acoustics and laser scanning in survey on land and underwater and I recently supervised a major Knowledge Transfer Project working closely with a commercial archaeological unit to develop operating standards for digital archaeological survey.

I am a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and a Member of the Institute of Field Archaeologists.

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Teaching Summary

My Teaching Philosophy

Archaeology is a dynamic discipline which at its very core relies on the discovery of new information. Teaching in archaeology should reflect this and instill in students the importance of finding out things for themselves. I adopt a critical approach to source information (excavation data, key texts etc) in my teaching and encourage my students to do the same in their learning. I aim to cover the core material they need and make sure they understand it but at the same time not to accept everything they read uncritically. My teaching is student-centred in that I am not reliant on passive teaching approaches - lecturing is an important part of what I do but I also bring the students into my lectures through discussion, at group and individual levels, throughout learning sessions. In this way students are given the opportunity to take the initiative and realise they are expected to be able to contribute to debates not simply observe. My teaching is research driven in that it is continually informed by new research. I prefer to use examples from my own research, and that of departmental colleagues, to make the practice of archaeology appear more immediate and real to students.


I conduct lectures, tutorials, supervisions and fieldwork demonstrations to all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate students. The range of my teaching covers core topics in Later Prehistoric Britain and Europe as well as reflecting my specialty in Underwater Archaeology.

I currently teach the following Undergraduate modules:

V61111 Prehistory from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age (10 credits)

V62207 Prehistoric Britain (10 credits)

V63347 The Celts: Iron Age Communities (10 credits)

V62346 Underwater Archaeology (10 credits)

In terms of Masters Postgraduate taught provision I offer:

V64043 Perspectives in Underwater Archaeology (15 credits)

V64041 Freshwater Archaeology (30 credits)

V64042 Maritime Archaeology (30 credits)

V64039 Special Topic in Archaeology (underwater topics tailored to students on the MRes course)

Supervision of PhD and MRes students

I supervise PhD and MRes students on a range of Later Prehistoric and underwater archaeology topics including submerged prehistoric settlements, prehistoric maritime landscapes in the Mediterranean, the development of underwater digital survey and excavation technologies (including optical and sonar survey applications), lake dwellings, wetland settlement, the western European Iron Age, Iron Age Scotland, coastal settlement and society of the Atlantic Iron Age and Scottish crannogs.

PhD students who have been awarded their Doctorates since 2007: Simon Davidson (Towards a Methodology for Shipwreck Preservation Strategies) and Robert Lenfert (Long-term Continuity and Change within Hebridean and Mainland Island Dwellings).

Current PhD students: Panagiota Markoulaki (Prehistoric logboats and the cultural landscapes of inland waters in Britain and Ireland).

Current MRes students: Jonathan Baker (Roman naval warfare and harbours).

Department of Archaeology

University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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