Malcolm Lillie

Professor Malcolm Lillie

Professor in Prehistoric Archaeology and Wetland Science/ Programme Lead: BSc Archaeology & Environments, BA Archaeology & Human Geography

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Professor Malcolm Lillie originally joined the University of Hull in 1994 as a research fellow on the English Heritage-funded Humber Wetlands Project.

He was appointed Lecturer in Archaeology in September 2000, Reader in August 2007 and Professor in June 2016.

Professor Lillie's research interests have two main themes; palaeopathology at the transition to agriculture and in situ preservation in wetlands.



Research Interests

  • Mesolithic-Neolithic transitions

  • The interpretation of diet from dental pathology and stable isotope analyses

  • Wetland archaeology

  • Holocene landscape development and human-landscape interactions

Research groups

Currently Project Manager and Co-I on the AHRC-funded project RememberMe: The changing face of memorialisation. This project seeks to understand the ways in which contemporary approaches to death and memorialisation are changing by exploring the nature of memorial practices and processes.

Founder member of the Wetland Archaeology and Environments Research Centre (WAERC) which has undertaken a range of projects since 2000, including excavations at Sutton Common (along with colleagues from Exeter University), the South West Scottish Crannogs Project (with AOC archaeology) and the English Heritage/MIRO (Aggregates Levy funded) Newington Project.

Research into human remains analysis includes DNA and stable isotope studies with colleagues at the Reich Laboratory for Medical and Population Genetics, Harvard; Biology Department, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan; Department of Bioarchaeology, Institute of Archaeology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev.


Nikitin A G, Potekhina I D, Rohland N, Mallick S, Reich D and Lillie M C, 'Mitochondrial DNA Analysis of Eneolithic Trypillians from Ukraine Reveals Neolithic Farming Genetic Roots', PLoS ONE, 12(2), e0172952 (2017)

Lillie M C, Henderson R, Budd C E and Potekhina I D, 'Factors Influencing the Radiocarbon Dating of Human Skeletal Remains from the Dnieper River System: Archaeological and Stable Isotope Evidence of Diet from the Epipalaeolithic to Eneolithic Periods', Radiocarbon, 58(4), pp 741-753 (2016)

Savchenko S, Lillie M C, Zhilin M and Budd C E, 'New AMS Dating of Bone and Antler Weapons from the Shigir Collections Housed in the Sverdlovsk Regional Museum, Urals, Russia', Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 81, pp 265-281, DOI: 10.1017/ppr.2015.16 (2015)

Motuzaite-Matuzeviciute G, Lillie M C and Telizhenko S, 'AMS Radiocarbon Dating from the Neolithic of Eastern Ukraine Casts Doubt on Existing Chronologies', Radiocarbon, 57(4), pp 657-664 (2015)

Lillie M C, Fishers and Foragers in Wales: Towards a Social Narrative of Mesolithic Lifeways, Oxbow Books Ltd (2015)

Full publications list



Modules list


  • World Archaeology

  • British Archaeology

  • Archaeology - History, Theory and Method

  • Death and Burial

  • Wetland Archaeology

  • Hunter-gatherer to Farmer


  • Changing Environments (2nd year)

  • Research Methods 2 (2nd year)

  • Global Issues (1st year)

  • Exploring Worlds Around Us (1st year)

  • Histories of the British Landscape (3rd year)

  • Malaysia (Biology diving field trip) (2nd year)

Research PhDs

Prof Lillie is happy to supervise students on the Masters and PhD by Research in Archaeology programmes on topics relating to both prehistoric archaeology and wetland archaeology.

Completed PhDs

  • Yvonne Inall, In Search of the Spear People: Warfare in Iron Age Eastern Yorkshire, joint supervisor with Dr P Halkon, Department of History (2011-2015)

  • Isabel Douterelo-Soler, Characterising Waterlogged Burial Environments (2003-2007)

  • Robert Smith, The Degradation and Preservation of Oak Wood under Different Burial Environments (2001-2004)

  • Helen Fenwick, Landscape Development of the Lincolnshire Marsh, England: GIS and Historic Studies (2000-2007)

  • James Cheetham, An Assessment of the Potential for in situ Preservation of Buried Organic Archaeological Remains at Sutton Common, South Yorkshire (1999-2003)

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Higher Education Teaching Certificate (December 2003).

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (September 2012)

Professional highlights


Academic qualifications

  • BA Hons Archaeology, University of Nottingham (1991)

  • MSc Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy, University of Sheffield (1992)

  • PhD (SERC/NERC-funded), University of Sheffield (1998)

Awards and accolades

  • Certificate in General Management Skills (2009)

  • Diploma in General Management Skills (2010)

  • PADI Divemaster (2016)

  • RYA Powerboat Certificate – Advanced (2009)

  • RYA VHF Short-range radio operator’s course (2007)