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Dr Steve Mills 

Dr Steve Mills
Position:Lecturer in IT Applications

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 75655
Fax:+44 (0)29 208 74929
Location:John Percival Building Room 4.13

Research Interests

Sound recording during PhD in Romania study area

Sound recording during PhD in Romania study area

Auditory Archaeology: An approach that studies the important influence and significance of the sound environment in past daily life.  Auditory archaeology was developed as a set of techniques and principles during AHRB-funded doctoral research in the Teleorman River Valley Neolithic landscape, Romania. The approach has been applied at Çatalhöyük, Turkey, a Neolithic settlement tell in a different landscape setting to the Romanian case study and which benefits from the presence of excavated and reconstructed prehistoric buildings. Recent research within a post-medieval (1750 - 1900 AD) mining landscape in Cornwall applies the techniques developed in auditory archaeology in the existing framework and context of Historic Landscape Characterisation developed by English Heritage. A pilot project has been completed, please visit the project webpages: Applying auditory archaeology to Historic Landscape Characterisation.

Măgura Past & Present project artwork. © 2011 Măgura Past and Present project.

Măgura Past & Present project artwork. © 2011 Măgura Past and Present project.

Neolithic of south-east Europe: Southern Romania Archaeological Project (SRAP). A multi-disciplinary, international collaboration to examine trends in Neolithic and Eneolithic (6000-3600 BC) land-use, settlement patterns and river dynamics centred on Măgura village in the Teleorman River Valley, 85 km southwest of Bucureşti, Romania.

Drawing on SRAP research, the EU funded Măgura Past & Present project uses artistic and scientific interventions, exhibitions, workshops, conferences, publications and a website to integrate the local community, artists and scientists in the research, presentation and promotion of Măgura’s heritage.

3D representation of Romanian Neolithic pit-features

3D representation of Romanian Neolithic pit-features


Geographical Information Systems (GIS): the application of GIS to surveyed and excavated archaeological features that integrates field, laboratory and post-excavation data. This provides an integrated computer environment that can be used to analyse, interpret and disseminate the spatial relationships prevalent in the varied data-sets generated during archaeological field projects.



Research Projects

Art Landscape Transformations.

Southern Romania Archaeological Project (SRAP).

Lyonesse Project.

The Catacombs of Anubis.


Part One Undergraduate modules

Part Two Undergraduate modules

Masters modules

  • Postgraduate skills in Archaeology & Conservation 20 credits (HST500)

Impact and Engagement

Principal Investigator, with Professor Douglass Bailey, of the EU funded Măgura Past & Present project 2008-2011. The project produced  new museum exhibitions and works of art to promote and present the heritage of Măgura village, southern Romania, for the benefit of local, national and international audiences. Invited artists used new research data on Early Neolithic farmers discovered around Măgura as inspiration to produce original pieces for exhibition in the regional museum and to run workshops in the village school. These activities transformed local community and artists’ perceptions of the significance and value of Măgura’s heritage.