Shahina Farid

Board Director and Trustee

Shahina Farid works for Historic England in the Scientific Dating Team, National Specialist Services. She is, however, best known as a British trained field archaeologist with extensive experience of working for London-based commercial units and for her work on digs abroad where she promoted British excavation methodologies. After gaining her BA Hons degree from the University of Liverpool in Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean, Shahina began her career in MOLA’s previous existence as the Department of Urban Archaeology (DUA), from 1987 to 1990. She then moved to other commercial units set up during this period. She has an international reputation as a field director on research projects abroad, having worked in Turkey, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. She is best known for her work as Field Director and Project Coordinator for the world renowned Neolithic excavations at the Çatalhöyük Research Project in Turkey: a site of complex stratigraphy of up to 20m in depth spanning some 1,400 years of continuous occupation about 9000 years ago. This site is of fundamental importance in understanding the transition from villages to complex urban environments. With her work experience, Shahina has, therefore, considerable understanding of both commercial and research projects having led inter-disciplinary teams and advised on excavation and recording methodologies around the world, including renewed work in 2014 at Knossos-Gypsades. With a background heavily grounded in field excavation, Shahina’s perspective is firmly based within the rigour and accuracy of field archaeological methods and analysis of the resulting data.

Since 2012 Shahina has been the Scientific Dating Coordinator at Historic England managing dendrochronology casework. She has been involved for over 10 years with the British Institute at Ankara, having served two terms as Honorary Secretary, and currently sits on the Diversity and Equality Working Group for the Society of Antiquaries of London. She is also an Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London and has just completed a part-time Research Fellow at Stirling University. She’s very proud to have been nominated a Trowelblazer: a web based community that champions women in the archaeological, geological, and palaeontological sciences, and is featured in an associated Raising Horizons photographic exhibition.


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