Ruth Young, PhD

Senior Lecturer and Distance Learning Director
School of Archaeology and Ancient History
University of Leicester
Leicester, England


Dr. Young gained her PhD at the University of Bradford, UK in 2001. Her research for her PhD explored the social role of transhumance and mobile pastoralism linking urban and rural communities in northern Pakistan in the period between the contraction of the major Indus Civilisation and the rise of the Early Historic states and urban centres (c.2000-800 BCE). She has directed and co-directed archaeological projects in Pakistan, Iran, Lebanon, Oman and the UK, and has worked on various projects in Sri Lanka, Nepal, Jordan and East Africa. She has been a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester since 2004.

Research Interest

Her research interests include: The archaeology of South Asia and the Middle East, Historical Archaeology (being the archaeology of the last 500 years) and in particular the recent past. She has directed and co-directed projects exploring the recent past in Iran and Oman, where the focus has been on ordinary rural people and how they have responded to and been affected by major social change and dislocation, and how this might be understood through analysis of material culture, Heritage and archaeology, and particularly how these are understood within stakeholder communities, The use of ethnographic work within historical archaeology and Post-conflict archaeology, i.e. how archaeologists deal with sites and monuments that have been affected by conflict.

Scientific Activities


• AHRC Peer Review College; Member (2014-2017)
• Member, South Asian Studies Society
• Member, British Institute of Persian Studies
• Member, British Foundation for the Study of Arabia
• Member, Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology



1. Newson P, Young R. The archaeology of conflict damaged sites: HosnNiha in the Biqa Valley, Lebanon. Antiquity. 2015; 89(344): 449-463.
2. Newson P, Young R. Archaeological assessment of the site at HosnNiha: preliminary report 2011-2012. BAAL: Bulletin dArchéologieetd Architecture Libanaises (for 2011). 2014; 15: 21-46.
3. Iles L, Robertshaw P, Young R. A furnace and associated ironworking remains at Munsa, Uganda. Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa. 2014; 49(1): 45-63. doi:10.1080/0067270X.2013.877619
4. Young R, Fazeli H. Women and Class in Landlord Villages of the Tehran Plain, Iran. Historical Archaeology. 2013; 47(2): 77-99.
5. Fazeli H, Young R. Landlord villages of Iran as landscapes of hierarchy and control. International Journal of Historical Archaeology. 2013; 17(1): 143-158. doi:10.1007/s10761-012-0213-y
6. OSullivan D, Young R. A world apart? Translating the archaeology of the sacred in the modern world. World Archaeology. 2012; 44(3): 342-358. doi:10.1080/00438243.2012.735061
7. Ali I, Shah I, Samad A, Zahir M, Young R. Heritage and archaeology in Chitral, Pakistan: exploring some local views and issues. International Journal of Heritage Studies. 2012. doi:10.4312/dp.38.20
8. Darabi H, Naseri R, Young R, Fazeli Nashli H. The absolute chronology of East Chia Sabz: a Pre-Pottery Neolithic site in Western Iran. Documenta Praehistoria. 2011; 38: 255-265. doi:10.4312/dp.38.20
9. Young R. Transhumant Groups and Subordination in the former North West Frontier Province, Pakistan, Ancient Pakistan. 2010; 21: 123-138.
10. Fazeli Nashli H, Beshkani A, Markosian A, Ilkani H, Abbasnegad Seresty R, Young R. The Neolithic to Chalcolithic transition in the Qazvin Plain, Iran: chronology and subsistence strategies. Archäologische Mitteilungen Aus Iran and Turan Band. 2009; 41: 1-21.
11. Fazeli H, Salimi M, Young R. Landlord Villages of the Tehran Plain, and Historical Archaeology in Iran. Iran 2009; 68: 149-164.
12. Young R. Representation within the landscape of northern Pakistan: the meanings of Gandhara. South Asian Studies. 2009; 25: 29-40. doi:10.1080/02666030.2009.9628697
13. Edirisingha P, Nie M, Pluciennik M, Young R. Socialisation for learning at a distance in a 3-D multi-user virtual environment. British Journal of Educational Technology. 2009; 40(3): 458-479. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8535.2009.00962.x
14. Ali I, Khalil MR, Young R, Zahir M. A survey of Lower Dir, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan in 2005. Man and Environment. 2009; 34(1): 30-37.
15. Young R. The importance of names in archaeology: exploring Gandhara. Pakistan Heritage. 2009; 1: 57-63.
16. Gillmore GK, Coningham RAE, Fazeli H, et al. Irrigation on the Tehran Plain, Iran: TepePardis – The site of a possible Neolithic irrigation feature? Catena. 2009. doi:10.1016/j.catena.2009.02.009
17. Young R, Fazeli H. Interpreting animal bones in Iran: considering new animal bone assemblages from three sites in the Qazvin Plain within a broader geographical and chronological perspective. Paleorient. 2008; 34(2): 153-172.
18. Ali I, Hamilton D, Newson P, Qasim Q, Young R, Zahir M. New radiocarbon dates from Chitral, NWFP, Pakistan, and their implications for the Gandharan Grave Culture of northern Pakistan. Antiquity. 2008; 82(318).
19. Fazeli H, Young R. Landlord Villages of the Tehran Plain: season 1. Iran. 2008; 66: 347-360.
20. Coningham R, Gunawardhana P, Manuel M, et al. The state of theocracy: defining an Early Mediaeval hinterland in Sri Lanka. Antiquity. 2007; 81: 699-719. doi: 10.1017/S0003598X00095673
21. Fazeli H, Coningham RAE, Young RL, Gillmore GK, Maghsoudi M, Raza H. Socio-Economic Transformations in the Tehran Plain: Final Season of Settlement Survey and Excavations at TepePardis. Iran. 2007; 65: 267-285.
22. Coningham R, Gunawardhana P, Adikari G, Kattugampola M, Simpson I, Young R. The Anuradhapura (Sri Lanka) Project: The hinterland (phase II): Preliminary Report of the First Season 2005. South Asian Studies. 2006; 22: 53-64. doi:10.1080/02666030.2006.9628657
23. Coningham R, Fazeli H, Young R, et al. Socio-economic transformations: settlement survey in the Tehran Plain and excavations at Tepe Pardis. Iran. 2006; 63: 33-62.
24. Coningham R, Fazeli H, Young R, Donohue R. Location, location, location: A pilot survey of the Tehran plain in 2003. Iran. 2004; 52: 1-12. doi:10.2307/4300659
25. Ali I, Batt C, Coningham R, Young R. New Archaeological Exploration in the Chitral Valley, Pakistan: an extension of the Gandharan Grave Culture. Antiquity. 2002; 76: 647-653.
26. Young R, Coningham R, Batt C, Ali I. A comparison of Kalasha and Kho subsistence patterns in Chitral, NWFP, Pakistan. South Asian Studies. 2000; 16: 133-142. doi:10.1080/02666030.2000.9628585
27. Reid A, Young R. Pottery Abrasion and the Preparation of African Grains. Antiquity. 2000; 74: 101-111. doi: 10.1017/S0003598X00066187
28. Young R. Finger millet processing in East Africa. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany. 1999; 8: 31-34. doi:10.1007/BF02042840
29. Young R, Coningham R. Subsistence patterns in NWFP: a diachronic archaeological study. The faunal remains from Charsadda VI, Hund and Rehman Dheri. Ancient Pakistan. 1998; 12: 93-126.
30. Young R. A cattle skeleton from GorKhuttree. Ancient Pakistan. 1998; 12: 139-146.
31. Robertshaw P, Kamuhangire R, Reid A, Young R, Childs ST, Pearson N. Excavations in Bunyoro-Kitara: preliminary results. Nyame Akuma. 1997; 48: 70-77.


1. Coningham R, Young R. The Archaeology of South Asia. From the Indus to Asoka, c.6500 BCE to 200 CE. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
2. Young R. Agriculture and Pastoralism in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan. Oxford: BAR. 2003: S1124.