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Professor David Wheatley PhD

Professor of Archaeology, FAH Associate Dean (Education and Student Experience)

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David Wheatley is a Professor of Archaeology and Associate Dean for Education.

I am Professor of Archaeology and Associate Dean for Education in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. I completed my first degree at at University College Cardiff in 1988, and then came to Southampton to study for an MSc in Archaeological Computing in 1989, followed by a PhD that took me into the emerging field of Geographic Information Systems and their application to Archaeology, completed in 1993.

I have taught a range of prehistory and archaeological method courses over the following two decades, while also researching the prehistory of Southern Britain (including excavations at Avebury in Wiltshire) and southern Iberia in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Seville, Andalucia among others. I also have research interests in later prehistoric Rock Art, notably the so-called ‘warrior stelae’ of the southwestern Iberian late Bronze Age, and I continue to be interested in the development of Archaeological method, particularly computational methods, spatial analysis, computational photography and image processing methods.

Research interests

My research has specialised on the later prehistory of western Europe, especially southern Britain and Iberia, the use of computational analysis (particularly spatial analysis and GIS) in Archaeology and on novel Image Processing methods for Archaeological recording and analysis. I have a track record of lecturing, curriculum design and a wide range of educational management projects.

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

Affiliate research groups

Representation, Visualisation and Politics of Archaeology, Monuments and Materialities, Representation, Visualisation and Politics of Archaeology, ATLAS Territorios y Paisajes en la Prehistoria Reciente de Andalucia (HUM-694) , Prehistoric Landscapes, Monuments and Materialities

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).

Associate Dean for Education, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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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