CIAS supports interdisciplinary, collaborative and applied research on material culture from any period or region around the world. Many of our projects develop out of research undertaken by members of our Material Culture Research Strand.

We currently have four main research strands:

1 - Technology and Innovation

2 - Material Culture of Conflict

3 - Digital Humanities

4 - Artifact Analysis

  • BATWEP: Bronze Age Tree-felling and Woodworking Experimental Project
  • Addressing the Invisible
  • ‘Biofuels’ and respiratory health – the potentials of the archaeological record
  • Pre-Construct Archaeology
  • Newcastle and Boston Radiocarbon Project


CIAS proudly supports the Newcastle Experimental Archaeology Research Network (EXARN). Led and managed by our research students, EXARN promotes the study of material culture and ancient technologies through experimental archaeology. 

We recently supported the following research projects: