Doctor Hayley Saul

Doctor Hayley Saul

Adjunct Fellow,
Dean's Unit, School of Social Sciences

Senior Lecturer in Heritage and Tourism,
Heritage and Tourism


Hayley Saul is a Senior Lecturer in Heritage and Tourism and Director of the Himalayan Exploration and Archaeological Research Team (H.E.A.R.T) research group. Her research explores the intersection of archaeology, landscape, heritage and development in the Himalayas of Nepal. H.E.A.R.T operates in partnership with Nepalese communities as well as the charity-NGO Community Action Nepal, with whom Hayley is a heritage consultant, building an archaeology/heritage ‘arm’ to the charity, to operationalize the results of HEART and bring about positive benefits to rural Nepalese communities. In her role as Director of HEART Hayley's research is rooted in three interests and objectives: 1) conducting socially relevant research that generates anthropological and archaeological datasets and applies that data to improving local quality-of-life, cultural resiliency, and heritage protection for fragile indigenous communities in the Himalayan high altitudes; 2) closely collaborating with charitable organisations to design heritage initiatives, such as museums, eco-museums, digital museums, and archaeological treks to generate sustainable revenue from tourism; and 3) investigating the ‘deep-time’ heritage surrounding issues with contemporary relevance, such as human-environment interactions, food, sustainable technologies, and transcending the culture-nature divide. Following her PhD in culinary heritage and prehistoric cuisine studies at the University of York (UK) she undertook an AHRC funded post-doctoral research with the Early Pottery in East Asia Project and was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science post-doctoral fellow on the Japanese Archaeo-Ceramic Residue Research Strategy project (JARRS). She is interested in the way that subsistence engenders specialized and creative interactions with environments for successful settlement, management, and social innovation in 'deep archaeological time'.

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  • PhD University of York (UK)

Professional Memberships

  • Director of the Himalayan Exploration and Archaeological Research Team (HEART) (2011 - 2016)
  • Steering Committee, Heritage and Arts Visitor Research Collaborative (HAVRC) (2015 - 2016)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit, School of Social Sciences
  • Heritage and Tourism


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  • Saul, H. and Waterton, E. (2019), 'Affective Geographies of Transformation, Exploration and Adventure: Rethinking Frontiers', : Routledge 9781138701120.

Chapters in Books

  • Saul, H. (2020), 'An ethnography of memory in the secret valleys of the Himalayas : sacred topographies of mind in two Beyul pilgrimages', The Routledge Handbook of Memory and Place, Routledge 9780815386308.
  • Craig, O., Saul, H. and Spiteri, C. (2020), 'Residue analysis', Archaeological Science: An Introduction, Cambridge University Press 9780521195225.
  • Saul, H. and Waterton, E. (2019), 'Rethinking frontiers : transformation, exploration and adventure', Affective Geographies of Transformation, Exploration and Adventure, Routledge 9781138701120.
  • Saul, H. (2019), ''Challenging demoniacal beings' : extinction, materialities and the mortal frontier in Alexandra David-Neel's journeys in the Himalayan highlands', Affective Geographies of Transformation, Exploration and Adventure: Rethinking Frontiers, Routledge 9781138701120.
  • Picken, F., Saul, H. and Waterton, E. (2019), 'Bedrock, metropolis and Indigenous heritage : rendering 'The Rocks' invisible', Creating Heritage for Tourism, Routledge 9781138572713.
  • Saul, H. and Waterton, E. (2019), 'Anthropocene landscapes', The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies, Routledge 9781138720312.
  • Saul, H. (2019), 'The temporality of post-disaster landscapes', The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies, Routledge 9781138720312.
  • Saul, H. and Waterton, E. (2017), 'Restoring a Nyingma Buddhist monastery, Nepal', Heritage in Action: Making the Past in the Present, Springer 9783319428680.
  • Waterton, E. and Saul, H. (2017), 'Public education and archaeology : disciplining through education', Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, Springer 9783319517261.
  • Saul, H., Glykou, A. and Craig, O. (2014), 'Stewing on a theme of cuisine : biomolecular and interpretive approaches to culinary changes at the transition to agriculture', Early Farmers: The View From Archaeology and Science, British Academy 9780197265758.

Journal Articles

  • Waterton, E. and Saul, H. (2021), 'Ghosts of the Anthropocene : spectral accretions at the Port Arthur historic site', Landscape Research, vol 46, no 3 , pp 362 - 376.
  • Waterton, E., Hutchison, M. and Saul, H. (2021), 'Multidisciplinary engagements with Port Arthur's landscapes of in/justice', Landscape Research, vol 46, no 3 , pp 299 - 308.
  • Robson, H., Saul, H., Steele, V., Meadows, J., Nielsen, P., Fischer, A., Heron, C. and Craig, O. (2021), 'Organic residue analysis of Early Neolithic 'bog pots' from Denmark demonstrates the processing of wild and domestic foodstuffs', Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, vol 36 .
  • Robson, H., Lucquin, A., Gibbs, K., Saul, H., Tomoda, T., Hirasawa, Y., Yamahara, T., Kato, H., Isaksson, S., Craig, O. and Jordan, P. (2020), 'Walnuts, salmon and sika deer : exploring the evolution and diversification of Jomon "culinary" traditions in prehistoric Hokkaido', Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, vol 60 .
  • Huynh, V., Piracha, A. and Saul, H. (2019), 'Impact of climate change on tourism sector in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta', Review of European Studies, vol 11, no 4 , pp 44 - 59.
  • Wali, N., Akombi, B., James, P., Waterton, E., Saul, H., Yuol, A. and Renzaho, A. (2019), 'The impact of heritage tourism on sustainable community development, health and wellbeing : a systematic review protocol', Social Science Protocols, vol 2 .
  • Saul, H. and Waterton, E. (2017), 'A Himalayan triptych : narratives of traders, pilgrims and resistance in a landscape of movements', Journal of Heritage Tourism, vol 12, no 5 , pp 431 - 440.
  • Saul, H. and Waterton, E. (2017), 'Heritage and communities of compassion in the aftermath of the great earthquake, Nepal : a photographic reflection', Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage, vol 4, no 3 , pp 142 - 156.
  • Saul, H. (2016), 'The Nepalese Himalayas in prehistoric context : a review of their role in Eurasian exchange networks and domestication', History Compass, vol 14, no 5 , pp 191 - 205.
  • Lucquin, A., Gibbs, K., Uchiyama, J., Saul, H., Ajimoto, M., Eley, Y., Radini, A., Heron, C., Shoda, S., Nishida, Y., Lundy, J., Jordan, P., Isaksson, S. and Craig, O. (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 Sciences, vol 113, no 15 , pp 3991 - 3996.
  • Heron, C., Habu, J., Katayama Owens, M., Ito, Y., Eley, Y., Lucquin, A., Radini, A., Saul, H., debono Spiteri, C. and Craig, O. (2016), 'Molecular and isotopic investigations of pottery and 'charred remains' from Sannai Maruyama and Sannai Maruyama No. 9, Aomori Prefecture, Japan', Japanese Journal of Archaeology, vol 4, no 1 , pp 29 - 52.
  • Saul, H. and Waterton, E. (2015), '"To climb steep hills, requires slow pace at first" : narratives of cultural resilience in the community of Langtang, in the Nepalese Himalayas', Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, vol 2, no 2 , pp 261 - 282.
  • Saul, H. (2014), 'The Himalayan exploration and archaeological research team : scientific-humanitarian fieldwork in collaboration with the mountain communities of Nepal', SAA Archaeological Record, vol 14, no 2 , pp 26 - 30.
  • Saul, H., Madella, M., Fischer, A., Glykou, A., Hartz, S. and Craig, O. (2013), 'Phytoliths in pottery reveal the use of spice in European prehistoric cuisine', PLoS One, vol 8, no 8 .
  • Craig, O., Saul, H., Lucquin, A., Nishida, Y., Tache, K., Clarke, L., Thompson, A., Altoft, D., Uchiyama, J., Ajimoto, M., Gibbs, K., Isaksson, S., Heron, C. and Jordan, P. (2013), 'Earliest evidence for the use of pottery', Nature, vol 496 , pp 351 - 354.
  • Heron, C., Andersen, S., Fischer, A., Glykou, A., Hartz, S., Saul, H., Steele, V. and Craig, O. (2013), 'Illuminating the Late Mesolithic : residue analysis of 'blubber' lamps from Northern Europe', Antiquity, vol 87, no 335 , pp 178 - 188.
  • Saul, H., Wilson, J., Heron, C., Glykou, A., Hartz, S. and Craig, O. (2012), 'A systematic approach to the recovery and identification of starches from carbonised deposits on ceramic vessels', Journal of Archaeological Science, vol 39, no 12 , pp 3483 - 3492.
  • Craig, O., Steele, V., Fischer, A., Hartz, S., Andersen, S., Donohoe, P., Glykou, A., Saul, H., Jones, M., Koch, E. and Heron, C. (2011), 'Ancient lipids reveal continuity in culinary practices across the transition to agriculture in Northern Europe', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol 108, no 44 , pp 17910 - 17915.

Other Publications

  • 2016, 'Leaving Langtang', Published Work
  • 2013, 'Archive Mapping Star Carr: Archive Mapping Report 2013', Report

Previous Projects

Title: An Evaluation of the Effects and Challenges of Climate Change to Sustainable Tourism Development Mekong Delta Region of Vietnam
  • Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam
Western Researchers: Awais Piracha and Hayley Saul
Years: 2014-12-21 - 2017-12-20
ID: P00022972

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