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Dr Kristin Leith

Honorary University Fellow


I am an Aegean archaeologist interested in gender, material culture and cultural and public engagement. I have been an Honorary University Fellow in the Classics and Ancient History Department since 2013. While here, I have conducted independent research producing peer-reviewed articles and chapters in academic outlets, presented research at international conferences and contributed to teaching.

As a teacher here at Exeter, I have created, delivered and coordinated research led modules for under- and postgraduates, such as ‘Gender in Late Bronze and Iron Age Greece’ (Term 1, 2016) and the MA module, ‘Interpreting material culture’ for the Research Methodologies module (Term 1, 2015 and 2016). I also co-taught the 1st-year seminar, ‘Greek temples’ (Term 2, 2016). Additionally, I have worked as the Finds Supervisor at Ipplepen as part of the Devon Archaeological Field School, Dept of Archaeology (Summer seasons 2015-2017), overseeing all aspects of finds processing for the excavation and supervising students.

I have also worked as a Curator's Assistant in the Ethnographic Department at Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) on the Discovering Worlds Project (2015-2016). As the research-lead on this project, I oversaw and undertook research on RAMM's Melanesian modified crania in the Pacific collection. As part of the project, I initiated and oversaw a collaboration between the Museum and the Department of Archaeology.

My PhD investigated the materiality of gender in Middle and Late Helladic mortuary behaviour in the Aegean (Institute of Archaeology, UCL, 2013). My doctoral thesis showed how the materiality of gender, status and mortuary ideology changed among different groups across space and time during the Middle and Late Bronze Age (c. 2100-1100 BC) in the Aegean.