The School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences uniquely integrates Archaeological Sciences, Biological Anthropology, Cultural Archaeology and Forensic Sciences to further the study of people, their society and their environments in the present and the past. Our approach is profoundly multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, bridging the sciences and the humanities.
This vision is promoted through the school's specialist groups including the Biological Anthropology Research Centre, the Stable Isotope Centre and Bradford Visualisation, the university centre where archaeologists and forensic scientists use the latest technologies to capture, image, analyse and disseminate every aspect of archaeological activity. From digital objects to landscapes, geophysics, GIS and the creation of virtual environments, Together the School promotes provides new ways to see and understand our past, present and future and uses leading research to inform teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Senior Lecturer in Archaeology
Steve is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Bradford, where his research has focused on the archaeology of North Atlantic Britain.
He is an active member of two international research collaboratives, the North Atlantic Biocultural Organisation (NABO) and the Global Human Ecodynamics Alliance (GHEA), in 2010 he became Adjunct Research Professor for the City University of New York (CUNY). Dockrill was an invited member of the NABO International Polar Year research group: Long Term Human Ecodynamics in the Norse North Atlantic: cases of sustainability, survival, and collapse (2007-2010; funded by the US National Science Foundation). He has lectured widely on his research, both nationally and internationally, within the context of these research groups (most recently he was invited to contribute a paper at the 2012 Society of American Archaeologist’s conference held in Memphis). In 2008 Dockrill co-organised the NABO conference Archaeological Futures: A Research Agenda for the North Atlantic held in Bradford. Since 1984 he has led field programmes in Orkney, Shetland and the Faroe Islands. These include Tofts Ness, Sanday, Orkney (1984-88), South Nesting (1991-1994).
Since 1995 Steve has directed excavations at Old Scatness (an Iron Age village) in collaboration with the Shetland Amenity Trust, winning the Virgin Award for best Public Presentation of Archaeology. The site has featured in the national press, on national television and radio documentaries (e.g. ‘Mysteries of the Landscape’ and ‘Science Now’). Steve is currently Directing the Gateway to the Atlantic Project an international research based field school with Dr Julie Bond investigating the archaeology of the Island of Rousay, Orkney.