Dr Helen Fenwick

Senior Lecturer in Archaeology

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


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Helen was born and grew up in Hull. After being subjected to many a family holiday visiting local antiquities, monasteries and castles, she studied archaeology at the University of York.

She worked on projects in York and Hull before joining the University of Hull in 1994 as part of the Humber Wetlands Project Team. Helen joined History in 2004 as a lecturer in Archaeology. She continues to lecture and be heavily involved in the archaeology provision in Hull. Her current research concentrates on the study of ancient and medieval landscapes.




Research Interests


2014, 'Beresford’s Lost Villages: a website dedicated to the study of deserted medieval settlement'. Medieval Settlement Research, 29: 56-59

2012, ‘Medieval Moated Sites in the Humber Lowlands of England – Landscape Transformation, Utilisation and Social Emulation’, Medieval Archaeology, 56: 283-292.

2008, 'Art and Industry at Amarna', Antiquity, 82:1118-1122

2006, 'Medieval coastal landscape evolution - the example of the Lincolnshare Marsh'. In M.Lillie & S.Ellis (eds) Wetland Archaeology & Environments: Regional Issues, Global Perspectives: 108-118. Oxford:Oxbow books

2004, 'Ancient Roads and GPS Survey: Modelling the Amarna Plain'. Antiquity, 78: 880-885



Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • The Archaeology of the Castle
  • The Archaeology of Britain
  • Archaeology: Theories, Method and Practice
  • Archaeology in the Field
  • Landscapes: Archaeological and Historical Approaches

Research PhDs

Helen's primary interest is in landscape archaeology, including marginal landscapes, wetland landscapes, military landscapes, seigniorial landscapes, and landscape archaeological techniques.

She would also be interested in supervising postgraduate research on teaching and learning in archaeology, including the provision of field schools, employability, and using technology as a teaching aid.

Completed PhDs

  • Maybury, T. 2011. A century of change on the Lindsey marshland : Marshchapel 1540-1640. University of Hull
  • Hiscott, R. 2015. The permissibility of the practice of inscribing graffiti in Beverley Minster, with specific reference to the eastern side of the reredos.

Teaching awards and accolades

  • University Teaching Fellow
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Innovation in Student Learning Project – History Internships Scheme
  • Innovation in Student Learning Project - Digital Playtime: Embedding digital literacy into the archaeology curriculum
  • TechDIS HEAT Round 3 project – Virtual Fieldtrips for Archaeology

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA Archaeology, University of York
  • PhD Physical Geography, University of Hull