School of History, Classics & Archaeology

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Dr Manuel Fernández-Götz

PhD, MPhil, MA, FSA, FSA Scot, FYAE, MCIfA

Reader; Archaeology


Contact information
Address: Room 1M.21, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place
Telephone: +44 (0)131 651 5223
Office hours: Tuesdays and Fridays from 2-4 pm or by email arrangement
  • School Deputy Postgraduate Director
  • International Officer for Archaeology
  • Member of the University Munro Committee

I studied at the universities of Seville, Madrid and Kiel, completing my binational PhD between 2008 and 2011. The aim of my thesis was to analyse the evolution of Iron Age communities in northeast Gaul, and in particular in the Middle Rhine-Moselle region, giving special consideration to questions of social identity. During this period, I also participated in numerous field projects in Germany, France, Spain and Portugal.

After finishing my doctorate, I worked as coordinator of the Heuneburg project at the State Office for Cultural Heritage Baden-Württemberg (2011-2013), directing research at one of the most famous archaeological sites in Europe. I joined the University of Edinburgh in 2013, when I was appointed as Chancellor's Fellow/Lecturer in Archaeology. In 2016 I was awarded the prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize (, and in 2017 I was promoted to Reader in Archaeology. 

I have also held visiting scholar positions at University College London (2008), the VU University Amsterdam (2009), the École Pratique des Hautes Études and the École Normale Supérieure in Paris (2010), the Römisch-Germanische Kommission of the German Archaeological Institute in Frankfurt am Main (2007 and 2011), and the Excellence Cluster TOPOI in Berlin (2014). As part of the Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility programme, I have taught as visiting staff at Peking University (2017) and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (2018). 

Recent fieldwork projects include the sites of Monte Bernorio, Huerta Varona, Sasamon and Puig Ciutat in Spain, Ardoch in Scotland, and Arras in England. Since 2018 I co-direct research at the Early Iron Age site of Kaptol and its surroundings (Croatia).

I have authored more than 150 publications on Iron Age societies in Central and Western Europe, the archaeology of identities, and the archaeology of the Roman conquest. I am happy to supervise new PhD and Master students in any areas broadly related to my specialties.

External appointments
  • Executive Board Member of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA).
  • Board Member of the Young Academy of Europe (YAE).
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA).
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (FSA Scot).
  • Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA).
  • Member of the Commission “Âges des Métaux”, Union Internationale des Sciences Préhistoriques et Protohistoriques (UISPP).
  • Member of the Commission “Mortuary Practices in Prehistory and Protohistory”, Union Internationale des Sciences Préhistoriques et Protohistoriques (UISPP).
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Peer Review College Member.
  • Member of the Hillfort Study Group.
  • Co-editor of the monograph series "Elements: The Archaeology of Europe".
  • Associate Editor of the journal "European Review".
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