Dr Helen Loney is a European prehistorian specialising in the study of ancient technology and society in archaeology. Dr Loney has extensive experience in the archaeology of California, Thailand, much of the United Kingdom, and both continental and insular Italy. She is currently co-director, along with Dr. Andrew Hoaen, of the Matterdale Archaeological Project, a programme of site reconnaissance and excavation taking place in the area around Glencoyne Park and Matterdale, near Ullswater, in the Lake District National Park, Cumbria. This project focussed on the improving the archaeological record of this part of Cumbria, identifying Bronze and Iron Age monuments, as well as investigating Iron Age Roman interaction.
Dr Loney is also currently developing her expertise in ceramic manufacturing organization in archaeology through the Worcester Porcelain Project, an investigation into the industrial archaeology of Worcester Royal Porcelain factory. This project includes student collaborators through a program of field walking, site survey and test pitting in the Worcester City environs, as well as investigations into developing Gender roles in the porcelain industry during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
Dr Loney has also collaborated as a pottery specialist on the Terralba Punic Period survey and excavation project, focussing on the development of Punic period ceramic workshop activities in the rural areas of western Sardinia. The Terralba Project is directed by Prof. Peter van Dommelen, Director of the Jakouwsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, is concerned with understanding how the predominately Punic rural countryside developed before and during Roman conquest. This project was in part being conducted under the auspices of the Leverhulme Funded Tracing Networks programme.
- BA magna cum laude Anthropology (University of California at Santa Barbara, 1983)
- MA, PhD Anthropology (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1995)