Professor Ruth Young

Professor of Archaeology

School/Department: Archaeology and Ancient History, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2564



I first came to Leicester in 2000 having completed my PhD (on archaeological work in the former North West Frontier Province Pakistan) in the Department of Archaeological Sciences University of Bradford where I also studied for my MPhil and undergraduate degree. I work in South Asia and parts of the Middle East (Iraq Iran Oman Lebanon) and am currently focusing on the heritage and historical and contemporary archaeology in these regions as well as exploring post-conflict archaeology and heritage.


I am currently undertaking research in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Lebanon and have also worked in Iraq, Iran and Oman. My areas of interest include heritage post-conflict heritage and archaeology, place, belonging and rural settlements and I am increasingly interested in working in the recent past and combining different approaches to explore different ways of understanding the past.



Young, R. (2019). Historical Archaeology and Heritage in the Middle East. London: Routledge.
Newson, P. & Young, R. (eds) (2017). Post-Conflict Archaeology and Cultural Heritage. Rebuilding Knowledge, memory and Community from war-Damaged Material Culture. London: Routledge.

Coningham, R. & Young, R. (2015). The Archaeology of South Asia. From the Indus to Asoka, c.6500 BCE to 200 CE. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 

Journal Articles

Young, R. (2018). Archaeology of the Recent Past in Iran. Contribution to: Global post-medieval/historical archaeology: what's happening around the world 2018? Compiled by E. Tourigny and S. Newstead. Post Medieval Archaeology 0.0: 1-11. 

Young, R., al-Jassassi, A., al-Shaqsi, A., al-Jabri, S., Batchelor, O., Dance, K., De Leon, N., Humes, A., Hunt, H., Riaz, A., Taha, S., Cable, C., Thornton, C., & Zauner, S. (2018). Bat Oasis Historical Archaeology Project: Interim Report on 2014 Field Season. The Journal of Oman Studies, 19, 1-18.  

Young, R. & Fazeli, H. (2018). Landlord Villages of Iran as Examples of Political Economy and Materiality. Post-medieval Archaeology, 52,1: 34-48. 

Brooks. A. & Young, R. (2016). Historical Archaeology and Heritage in the Middle East: A Preliminary Overview. Historical Archaeology, 2016, 50(4):22-35.

Newson, P. & Young, R. (2015). The archaeology of conflict damaged sites: Hosn Niha in the Biqâ Valley, Lebanon. Antiquity 89, 344: 449-463. 

Chapters in Books/Monographs

Newson, P. & Young, R. (2017). Conflict: People, Heritage, and Archaeology. In: P. Newson & R. Young (eds) Post-Conflict Archaeology and Cultural Heritage. London: Routledge: 3-19.

Newson, P. & Young, R. (2017). Maximising Information from Conflict-Damaged Sites: A Case Study from Lebanon. In: P. Newson & R. Young (eds) Post-Conflict Archaeology and Cultural Heritage. London: Routledge: 154-173.

Ali, I., Shah, I., Samad, A., Zahir, M. & Young, R. (2016).  Preliminary Results of Archaeological Survey in Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. In V. Widorn & U Franke (eds). Proceedings of the 20th Conference of the European Association for South Asian Archaeology and Art. Vol. 2: Contextualizing Material Culture in South and Central Asia in Pre-Modern Times. Turnhout: Brepols: 177-186


The Archaeology of South Asia, Iran and the Middle East: particularly Historical periods; Heritage & Archaeology; Post-conflict Archaeology and Heritage


I teach both under-graduate and post-graduate students in the School and on both campus-based and distance learning programmes. The areas I teach include the archaeology of early states (the Indus Mesopotamia Egypt Shang China) historical archaeology heritage.

Press and media

Conflict heritage and archaeology; Post-conflict heritage and archaeology; South Asian archaeology; Middle East archaeology; Heritage and archaeology
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