Eleanor Scott (archaeologist)

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Eleanor Scott
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Dr Eleanor Scott
Born (1960-07-08) 8 July 1960 (age 59)
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Newcastle
ThesisAspects of the Roman Villa as a Form of British Settlement (1988)
Academic work
Sub-disciplineClassical archaeology
Archaeological theory
Main interests
  • Roman villas
  • Roman jewellery
  • Roman childhood

Eleanor Scott (born 8 July 1960) is a British archaeologist and politician. She founded the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC) in 1991.[1]


Scott is from the Isle of Man.[2] She graduated from Newcastle University in 1982, subsequently completing her PhD on Romano-British villas funded by the Isle of Man.[2] Scott has published several monographs and contributed many articles to journals in addition to contributing to public outreach programmes such as the Day of Archaeology.[3]

Scott founded the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference in 1991.[1] TRAC was founded as a response of criticism in the late 1980s of a lack of theoretical basis in Roman archaeology and the conference has since become an annual series. The progression of scholars participating in these conferences into academia and museums has consequently positioned theory at the core of Roman Archaeology and changed the direction of the discipline.[4]

Political career[edit]

Scott was a Liberal Democrat member of Portsmouth City Council from 2002-2015, and she resigned in January 2014.[5] Portsmouth City Council conferred the title of honorary alderman on her in 2016.[6]

Selected works[edit]

  • Scott, E. (ed) 1993. Theoretical Roman Archaeology: First Conference Proceedings (TRAC 1). Aldershot.
  • Scott, E. 1993. A Gazetteer of Roman Villas in Britain.University of Leicester School of Archaeological Studies. ISBN 0951037749
  • Scott, E. and Moore, J. (eds) 1996. Invisible People and Places. Writing Gender and Childhood into European Archaeology. Routledge. ISBN 0718500237
  • Scott, E. 1999. The archaeology of infancy and infant death. Archaeopress. ISBN 1841710326.


  1. ^ a b "TRAC Proceedings 1991". Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Bio and career". Eleanor Scott Archaeology. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  3. ^ Scott, E. (28 July 2017). "THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL WRITER – MY OWN PAST IS MY NEW DAY". Day of Archaeology. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  4. ^ Laurence, Ray (2012). Roman archaeology for historians. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. p. 21-22. ISBN 978-0415505925.
  5. ^ Fishwick, Ben (26 January 2014). "Councillor resigns over Hancock cabinet job decision". Johnston Publishing. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Agenda for Full Council on Tuesday, 12th July, 2016, 2.00 pm". 12 July 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2017.