Elizabeth Slater

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Elizabeth Anne Slater
Born(1946-06-13)13 June 1946
Died11 September 2014(2014-09-11) (aged 68)
Academic background
EducationUniversity of Cambridge (BA, 1969; PhD, 1973)
ThesisMetallurgical Aspects of Bronze Age Technology (1973)
Academic work

Elizabeth Slater (13 June 1946 – 11 September 2014) was a British archaeologist specialising in archaeometallurgy. She was the first female professor of archaeology appointed by the University of Liverpool, where she held the Garstang Chair in Archaeology from 1991 to 2007.

Early life and education[edit]

Elizabeth Anne Slater was born in Preston, Lancashire on 13 June 1946, the daughter of two school teachers.[1] She was educated at a girl's grammar school before going to study at New Hall College, Cambridge, where she gained a BA in Natural Sciences in 1969.[1] Slater developed an interest in the history of metallurgy while working with archaeological materials and went on to undertake postgraduate research on Bronze Age metallurgy at the University of Cambridge. She completed a PhD in 1973 on “Metallurgical Aspects of Bronze Age Technology” with an emphasis on the interpretation of analytical data.[2]

Academic career[edit]

In 1974 Slater joined the Department of Archaeology, chaired by Professor Leslie Alcock, at University of Glasgow, as lecturer in archaeological sciences. Slater remained at the University of Glasgow until 1991 when she took up the Garstang Chair in Archaeology and became the first female professor of the University of Liverpool Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology. Slater undertook extensive analytical research on copper metals, ceramics and other vitreous materials as part of major field work and excavation programmes in the UK, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Egypt.[2] She had an interest in experimental archaeology and undertook experimental projects to study pyrotechnological processes and explore the processing of raw materials into completed artefacts.[2]

Slater remained at the University of Liverpool until her retirement in 2007 and subsequently devoted her time to travel and charity work.[1] She died near her home in Hoylake on 11 September 2014, and was cremated at Landican Crematorium, Birkenhead.[3]

Professor Elizabeth Slater Archaeological Research Laboratories[edit]

In 2015 the University of Liverpool opened the new Professor Elizabeth Slater Archaeological Research Laboratories in Abercromby Square. The facility houses a palaeodiet laboratory, imaging suite, ancient technologies workshop, GIS lab, a scanning electron microscope, microwave plasma atomic emission spectrometer, in addition to lithics and sample preparation laboratories.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "British Federation of Women Graduates North West Newsletter" (PDF). British Federation of Women Graduates. Spring 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Companion Encyclopedia of Archaeology. Barker, Graeme,. ISBN 1134921934. OCLC 932053967.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ "SLATER - Deaths Announcements - Telegraph Announcements". announcements.telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  4. ^ "Professor Elizabeth Slater Archaeological Research Laboratories opens - News - University of Liverpool". news.liverpool.ac.uk. Retrieved 2017-10-10.