Dr Hayley Saul

Senior Lecturer in Heritage


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Hayley Saul is the Director of the Himalayan Exploration and Archaeological Research Team (H.E.A.R.T). Her research explores the heritage and archaeology of the Himalayas and Inner Asia region, and the interface of these disciplines with development agendas. Hayley has led teams of archaeologists and surveyors on a series of expeditions to document archaeological remains in the Himalayas, particularly focused on recording prehistoric sites.

Following her PhD at the University of York she undertook AHRC-funded postdoctoral research with the Early Pottery in East Asia Project. She was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellow investigating pottery cuisine in Japanese prehistoric hunter-gatherer groups throughout the Holocene. These researches have yielded publications in prestigious journals including Nature, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Plos One.

Her interest in culinary heritage endures in her research in Nepal where she investigates the role of the Himalayas in the movement of plants and animals on the cusp of their domestication. Following the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal, Hayley has also been working with I/NGOs and the community of Langtang, north-west of Kathmandu. These researches add to Hayley's ongoing concern with investigating the ways that heritage and archaeology can contribute positively to wellbeing, food security, and post-disaster recovery.


Qualifications

  • PhD (Arts and Humanities Research Council), University of York
  • MA in Research, University of York, Scholarship funded
  • BSc (Hons) Archaeology, University of York

Research Focus

  • Cuisine
  • Culinary heritage
  • Himalayan archaeology
  • Mountain archaeology
  • Inner Asian archaeology
  • Post-disaster heritage
  • Heritage and wellbeing

Selected Awards and Recognition

  • 2019: Mountain Heritage and Tourism TWG Representative, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
  • 2018: Executive Committee Member of the Human Occupations of Mountainous Environments (HOME)
  • 2017: Steering committee member for the Heritage and Arts Visitor Research Collaborative (HAVRC)
  • 2016: Western Sydney University Vice Chancellor awarded funding for the Langtang Museum in Nepal, $20,000
  • 2015: Frederick Williamson Memorial Fund, University of Cambridge, UK (Raute hunter-gatherer cuisine), $8000
  • 2015: Endeavour Research Fellowship, Australian Government Department for Education and Training, (Tibetan communities in diaspora: e-museums and the construction of transnational heritage), $24,500
  • 2013: Prehistoric Society (funding for H.E.A.R.T), £1000
  • 2013: Landscope Engineering Ltd. (Sponsorship for H.E.A.R.T), £1000
  • 2013: Society of Antiquaries (funding for H.E.A.R.T), £3300
  • 2012: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, c. £40,000
  • 2008: Arts and Humanities Research Council PhD grant
  • Departmental Masters scholarship, University of York
  • Executive Committee Member of the Human Occupations of Mountainous Environments (HOME).
  • Scientific advisory panel member to the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project, 'The Origins of Pottery in East Asia', hosted by the University of York, UK
  • Scientific advisory panel member to the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project, 'Melting Pot: Cuisine and Identities in Viking-Age Britain', hosted by the University of York, UK
  • Steering committee member for the Heritage and Arts Visitor Research Collaborative (HAVRC), hosted by York St John University, UK

Selected Publications

Saul, H. (2019) ‘The temporality of post-disaster landscapes’. In P. Howard, I. Thompson, E. Waterton and M. Atha (eds.) Routledge Companion to Landscape Research. Routledge, London, pp. 440-450.

Saul, H. and Waterton, E. (2019) Frontiers: Geographies of Travel, Exploration and Adventure. London, Routledge.

Saul, H. and Waterton, E. (2017) ‘Heritage and communities of compassion in the aftermath of the Great Earthquake, Nepal’. Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage 4(3), 142-156.

Saul, H. Waterton, E. (2017) ‘Restoring a Nyingma Buddhist Monastery: A window on local heritage and its conservation'. In H. Silverman, E. Waterton, S. Watson (eds.) Heritage in Action. Springer, Cham, pp.33-46.

Saul, H. (2016) ‘The Nepalese Himalayas in prehistoric context: the role of trans-Himalayan mobility in the development of Eurasian cultivation and domestication’, History Compass 14(5), 191–205.

Lucquin, A. Gibbs, K. Uchiyama, J. Saul, H. Ajimoto, M. Eley, Y. Heron C.P. Shoda, S. Nishida, Y. Lundy, J. Y. Jordan, P.D. Isaksson S. Craig, O.E. (2016) ‘Ancient lipids document continuity in the use of early hunter-gatherer pottery through 9,000 years of Japanese prehistory’, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 113(15), 3991-3996. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1522908113

Saul, H. & Craig, O. E. (2014) ‘Stewings on a theme of cuisine: a critical analysis of food values in subsistence economics and social consumption perspectives at the transition to agriculture in northern Europe’. In Whittle, A. and Bickle, P. (eds) Early farmers: the view from archaeology and science, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Saul, H. Madella, M. Hartz, S. Glykou, K. Craig, O. Fischer, A. (2013) ‘Phytoliths in pottery reveal the use of spice in European prehistoric cuisine’. PLoS ONE 8(8): e70583. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0070583

Craig, O.E. Saul, H. Lucquin, A. Nishida, Y. Taché, K. Clarke, L. Thompson, A. Altoft, D. Gibbs, K. Isaksson, S. Heron C.P. Jordan, P. (2013) ‘Earliest evidence for the use of pottery’. Nature 496, 351-354.

Craig, O. Steele, V. Fischer, A. Hartz, S. Glykou, A. Andersen, S. Saul, H. Donohoe, P. Jones, D. M. Heron, C. P. (2011) ‘Ancient lipids reveal continuity in culinary practices across the transition to agriculture in Northern Europe’. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 108(44), 17910-17915.


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