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Dr David Wheatley 

Senior Lecturer, Director of Programmes (semester 2)

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Dr David Wheatley is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Southampton.

I completed my BSc in Archaeology from University College Cardiff 1988, my MSc in Archaeology Computing at Southampton 1988/9, and my PhD in Archaeological Applications of GIS with Case Studies in Neolithic Wessex  at Southampton in 1994.

I was co-director of Negotiating Avebury Project (1999-2004) with Josh Pollard and Mark Gillings. I am a member of the AHRC peer-review college, peer review panel of CAA, Advisory board of MENGA, the Journal of Andalucian Prehistory and SPAL, and the Archaeological Journal of the University of Seville.





Research interests

My research interests lie in the later Prehistory of western Europe from the beginnings of farming to the emergence of ‘state like' polities in the late Bronze and early Iron Ages, and in the application of spatial methods and technologies to Archaeology.

Research group

Archaeological Computing

Affiliate research group

Archaeological Prospection Service of Southampton (APSS)

Research project(s)

Late Bronze Age Warrior stelae project

This project, conducted by Dr David Wheatley (Southampton), Dr Leo Garcia Sanjuan (University of Seville) and Dr Marta Diaz Guardamino-Uribe (CSIC) is studying the spatial patterning and archaeological contexts of the ‘South western' group of late bronze age carved stelae from Iberia.

Promoting digital solutions to rock and cave art research

This 18 month project (2014-2015), funded by a BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant, aims to advance rock art research through the application of state-of-the-art imaging technologies.


IBERENCLOGIS will investigate southern Iberian Ditched Enclosures sites of the fourth millennium BC.  The project aims to establish whether different walled and ditched sites may have similar or different functions or meanings, and how Iberian enclosures relate to other traditions of monumental enclosure construction in other parts of Europe. It is conducted by Dr David Wheatley and Dr Victor Jiminez Jaimez.

Ancestral Images in Iberian Landscapes

This two-year (2011-2013) research project, which is being conducted by Dr. Marta Díaz-Guardamino and Dr. David Wheatley, is aimed at exploring the role of visual representations of people and/or things in monumental free-standing stones (‘stelae and statue-menhirs') and the ‘places' where they were located in the crafting of collective memories, identities and territories during the Bronze Age (ca. 2200-900/850 AC) in the Iberian Peninsula applying computer techniques, i.e. Geographic Information Systems (GIS), 3D Laser Scanning and Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI).



Book Chapters


    Wheatley, D. (2014). Connecting landscapes with built environments:visibility analysis, scale and the senses. In E. Paliou, U. Lieberwirth, & S. Polla (Eds.), Spatial analysis and social spaces: interdisciplinary approaches to the interpretation of prehistoric and historic built environments. (pp. 115-134). (TOPOI Berlin Studies of the Ancient World; No. 18). De Gruyter. DOI: 10.1515/9783110266436
    Odriozola, C. P., García Sanjuán, L., Dias, M. I., & Wheatley, D. W. (2009). A preliminary approach from material science to copper age funerary pottery in southern Iberia: the Palacio III (Sevilla, Spain) Tholos tomb. In Vessels: Inside and Outside. Proceedings of the Conference EMAC '07 9th European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics. (pp. 111-117). Budapest, HU: Hungarian National Museum.
    Garcia Sanjuan, L., & Wheatley, D. (2006). Recent investigations of the megalithic landscapes of Seville province, Andalusia: Dolmen de Palacio III. In R. Joussaume, L. Laporte, & C. Scarre (Eds.), Origine et Développement du Mégalithisme de L’ouest de L’Europe. Actes du Colloque International, 26-30 Octobre 2002, Bougon, France. (pp. 473-484). Niort, France: Conseil Général des Deux-Sèvres.
    Llobera, M., Wheatley, D. W., Steele, T. J. M., Cox, S., & Parchment, O. (2004). Calculating the inherent visual structure of a landscape ('total viewshed') using high-throughput computing. Paper presented at XXXII International Conference - Computer Applications in Archaeology 2004 - Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, Beyond the Artifact: Digital Interpretation of the Past, .

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising doctoral students in the application of computational or spatial approaches to any area of prehistory, but particularly to the later prehistory of western Europe.

I currently supervise PhD students in exploring:

  • Perceptual Analysis of Visuospatial Approaches to Landscape Archaeology
  • Exploring the development of ‘southern Jê' settlement systems in the Interior Atlantic Forest (Misiones, Argentina)
  • A GIS study of trade routes in the Roman Empire
Dr David Wheatley
Faculty of Humanities, University of Southampton
Avenue Campus, Highfield
SO17 1BF
United Kingdom

Room Number:65/2229

Telephone:(023) 8059 4779
Facsimile:(023) 8059 3032

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