Dr Gillian Juleff


Gill has almost thirty years of experience working in archaeology in Britain and Asia. Gill gained a BSc (Hons) in Archaeological Conservation and Materials Science from the Institute of Archaeology, London University (now UCL). From London she moved to Bristol to become English Heritage’s first Archaeological Conservator for Southwest England. In 1984 Gill became the head of artifact conservation for the UNESCO/Sri Lanka Cultural Triangle project in Sri Lanka. In that post she was also coordinator of the conservation of cultural property course of the Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology, Colombo. From 1986 to 1990 Gill was also coordinator of an ODA/British High Commission/British Council/Cultural Triangle Heritage Management project which supported archaeological heritage management in Sri Lanka with £350k.

In 1988 Gill began her PhD research at UCL, supervised by Dr Nigel Seeley and Dr Ian Glover. Her topic was the ‘Early Iron and Steel of Sri Lanka: a study of the Samanalawewa Area’ and involved extensive fieldwork in the southern foothills of the central highlands of the island. The field project she began at a location destined to be inundated by a hydro-electric scheme developed into a major project, the Samanalawewa Archaeological Project, funded by Balfour Beatty, ODA and the British High Commission (total funding £90k), which she directed until 1996 when the first results were published on the front cover of the journal Nature.

Gill’s return to the UK in 1996 coincided with maternity leave followed by a period as a Field Monument Warden for English Heritage and a freelance consultant in archaeology and archaeometallurgy. In 2001 Gill became a part-time research fellow at Exeter directing the English Heritage-funded Exmoor Iron project (funding £178k). In 2005 Gill became a teaching fellow at Exeter and in 2007 a lecturer, and in 2009 senior lecturer.


Invited Lectures between 1988 and 1996

University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

Geological Society of India, Bangalore

Tamil University, Tanjavur

Institute of Archaeology, London

University of Alberta, Canada

University of California, Berkeley

University of Arizona, USA

Devendra Memorial Lecture, Sri Lanka

Royal Asiatic Society of Ceylon 150th Anniversary (Ananda Coomaraswamy Memorial Lecture)

Oxford University Archaeo-materials Group

Glasgow University

McDonald Institute, Cambridge

Institute of Archaeometallurgy, Bochum

Kommission für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Archäologie (KAVA) Institute and Friedrich-Wilhelms University, Bonn, Germany

Invited Lectures between 1996 and 2009

Exmoor Mines Research Group, Exmoor National Park

Society for South Asian Studies, British Academy

Devon Archaeological Society

Cambridgeshire Antiquarian Society

Cornwall Archaeological Society

University of Alberta, Edmonton

Peradeniya University, Sri Lanka

British Council, Colombo

University of Science and Technology, Beijing

National Museum, Chennai

Central University Hyderabad

Kelaniya University, Sri Lanka

Balasubramanium Memorial Lecture, Deccan Archaeological Cultural Research Institute, Hyderabad

National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

Iron and Steel Institute of Japan, Hokkaido University

Tokyo University of the Arts

Sichuan University, China

University College Dublin

Ancient India and Iran Trust, Cambridge

University of Sheffield