The University of Sheffield
Department of Archaeology

Dr Gianna AyalaGianna Ayala


Assessment Officer

BA (University of Texas at Austin), MA (Università di Roma, La Sapienza), PhD (University of Cambridge)

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Telephone: 0114-2222935

Department address: Northgate House, West Street S1 4ET


I am a trained prehistorian with over twenty years of excavation and field survey experience. Over the last 14 years much of my work has focussed on landscape archaeology and geoarchaeological analysis in order to answer important questions about human history. I studied for my undergraduate degree in archaeological science at the University of Texas at Austin and MA in prehistory at the Università di Roma, La Sapienza during which I gained fieldwork experience in the Mediterranean and specifically Italy working on international archaeological field projects spanning a wide range of human history from the Upper Palaeolithic to the Classical period. I came to the UK to write a doctoral thesis on long term landscape history and human impact in the Sicilian Nebrodi Mountains integrating geoarchaeology, archaeology and modelling using GIS (University of Cambridge).

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work for English Heritage as a geoarchaeologist 2003-2004 advising on archaeological sites and research strategies across the south of England before taking my post in the Department of Archaeology in 2004.

Research interests:

My research interests are wide reaching and focus on the integration of different analytical methods. I work predominately in the Mediterranean but have worked all over the world, including Britain, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Turkey and Argentina.

Current research projects / collaborations:

Research supervision:

I would be happy to supervise students at both MA/MSc and PhD level on topics relating to geoarchaeology, landscape archaeology, and European prehistory.

Current students:

Former students

Examples of former MSc research topics:

Geoarchaeology in the A-Level classroom: Communicating archaeological interdisciplinarity

A geoarchaeological analysis of a Late Bronze Age floor deposit from Mokarta, Sicily

A geoarchaeological reconsideration of the accepted landscape model for Neolithic Çatalhöyük, Central Anatolia, Turkey




I teach on the MSc in Geoarchaeology, the MSc in Enivronmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy and the MA in Landscape Archaeology and MA in Aegean Archaeology.

Selected publications

Full publications list


Other professional activities

2004-2009 Committee Member of the AEA

2009- present Ordinary Member of the AEA and the QRA

2002-present Reviewer Geoarchaeology, Journal of Archaeological
Science, Journal of Environmental Archaeology, and Journal of Field Archaeology, Antiquity