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Professor David Wheatley 

Professor and Associate Dean (Education)

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David Wheatley is a Professor of Archaeology and Associate Dean (Education) within Humanities 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).

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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
Professor David Wheatley
Faculty of Art and Humanities, University of Southampton
Avenue Campus, Highfield
SO17 1BF
United Kingdom

Room Number: 65A/3023/A3

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