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My main area of research interests lie within Landscape Archaeology and British prehistory, most particularly with the funerary landscapes of the early Bronze Age.. Since coming to work in Dorset nearly 20 years ago I have spent a large amount of time teaching and researching in my own 'backyard' and have directed field research projects on Cranborne Chase and the South Dorset Ridgeway. I am also currently working on a collaborative project with Heritage Malta and the Romisch Germanische Kommision des Deutschen Archaelogischen Instituts on the World Heritage Temple complexes in Malta.
2002-date Principal Investigator and Project Director for the Knowlton Prehistoric Landscape Project. An archaeological field project investigating the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age landscapes focussed on the Allen Valley, east Dorset U.K. A programme of archaeological survey and excavation mainly focussed upon the Barrow cemetery at High Lea Farm, one of three major barrow groupings found within the Allen Valley. Seasonal excavations held between 2002-9 have led to the important discovery of rare occurencies of Later Neoilthic (Beaker) settlement and early Bronze Age mortuary structures, all of which are linked to the Henge complex of Knowlton Circles 3 miles to the north. Post excavation is now at an advanced stage and following a period of study leave (awarded in February 2014) running from September 2014 - February 2015 the results will begin to be published.
2010 - date Co-Investigator on the Maltese Temples Landscape Project. Alongside the Principal Investigator (Prof T. Darvill) and fellow Co-Investigators (Prof. F. Luth, Dr M.J.Allen. Dr R Grima, Prof A. Bonanno, Dr K Rassman) I have been working on an investigation into the wider economic and social landscapes associated with the Maltese Temples (world Heritage Sites). The research held seasonally between easter 2010 and the summer of 2013 has involved a range of intrusive and non-intrusive techniques exploring the environs of these exemplars of the earliest forms of architecture in the world; drawing chiefly upon a case study of the site of Skorba temple in the north east of the island of Malta. Fieldwork was completed in 2013 and the project is currently in its post-excavation phase.
- Bennett, G.A. and Gale, J., 2017. Lines of Enquiry: Linear Organisation of the High Lea Farm Bronze Age Barrow Cemetery. Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society, 138, 127-136.
- Gale, J., 2017. Knowlton Circles: A Later Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Ceremonial Complex and Its Environs—A Review. Landscapes (United Kingdom), 18 (2), 102-119.
- Russell, M., Cheetham, P., Evans, D., Hambleton, E., Hewitt, I., Manley, H., Gale, J., Pitman, D. and Stewart, D., 2016. The Durotriges Project, Phase Three: an interim statement. Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society, 137.
- Gale, J., 2012. Late Neolithic Henge Monuments as Foci for evolving Funerary Landscapes: Knowlton Henge Complex and the Barrow cemeteries of the Allen Valley, Dorset. UK - A Case Study. eTopoi. Journal for Ancient Studies, Special Volume 3 Landscape Archaeology Conference (LAC 2012), 161-167.
- Gale, J., 2011. Review of 'Archaeological Methods'(website). Internet Archaeology, 31.
- Gale, J., 2009. A Geophysical examination of Round Barrow cemeteries on the South Dorset Ridgeway (Stage 1 - Bronkham Hill). Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society, 130, 199-203.
- Gale, J., Hewitt, I. and Russell, M., 2008. Excavations at High Lea Farm, Hinton Martell, Dorset: An Interim Report on Fieldwork Undertaken During 2006-7. Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeology Society, 129, 105-114.
- Gale, J., Laver, J. and Russell, M., 2007. Excavations at High Lea Farm, Hinton Martell, Dorset: An Interim Report on Fieldwork Undertaken During 2004-5. Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society, 128, 100-106.
- Gale, J., Cheetham, P., Laver, J. and Randall, C., 2004. Excavations at High Lea Farm, Hinton Martell, Dorset: An Interim Report on Fieldwork Undertaken During 2002-3. Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society, 126, 160-166.
- Gale, J. and Cheetham, P., 2003. The Knowlton Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Landscape Project: Geophysical Survey in a Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Ritual Landscape. Archaeologia Polona, 41, 173-175.
- Hewitt, I., Beckensall, S.G., Gale, J., Turner, J. and Nye, S., 1996. The Excavations of Cairns at Blawearie, Old Bewick, Northumberland. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 62, 255-274.
- Russell, M. and Stewart, D., 2017. Hillforts and the Durotriges: A Geophysical Survey of Iron Age Dorset. Oxford: Archaeopress.
- Gale, J., 2003. Prehistoric Dorset. Stroud, England: Tempus.
- Gale, J., 2017. A History of Dorset Hillfort Investigation. In: Stewart, D. and Russell, M., eds. Hillforts and the Durotriges: A geophysical survey of Iron Age Dorset. Oxford: Archaeopress, 13-23.
- Gale, J., 2011. The Bronze Age. In: Harbidge, S. and Munro, T., eds. South Dorset Ridgeway. Standbridge, Wimborne Minster, England: Dovecote Press, 19-20.
- Gale, J., 2009. Excavations at High Lea Farm, Hinton Martell, Dorset 2002-6: Barrows, Burials and the Use of Space in the Allen Valley. In: Barker, K., Pard, G.L., CheesemaN, C., Green, M. and Ireland, D., eds. The Chase, the Park, and the Hart: Understanding the Past - Informing the Future. Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire AONB.
- Gale, J., Chartrand, J.A.H. and Watson, C., 1999. A Survey of the chambered long barrows at King Orry's Grave, Laxey. In: Darvill, T., ed. Billown Neolithic Landscape Project, Isle of Man. Fourth Report: 1998. Poole and Douglas, Isle of Man: School of Conservation Sciences, Bournemouth University and Manx National Heritage, 54-61.
- Gale, J., 1999. The 1996 geophysical survey of the Giant. In: Darvill, T., Barker, K., Bender, B. and Hutton, R., eds. The Cerne Giant: An Antiquity on Trial. Bournemouth: Bournemouth University, 57-62.
- Gale, J., 1999. A Geophysical survey 1997. In: Palmer, S., ed. Culverwell Mesolithic Habitation Site, Isle of Portland, Dorset. Oxford: Archaeopress, 49-52.
- Gale, J. and Darvill, T., 1998. A survey of the Ballakelly chambered tomb, Santan. Billown Neolithic Landscape Project, Isle of Man. Third Report: 1997. Bournemouth, England and Douglas, Isle of Man: Bournemouth University and Manx National Heritage, 38-42.
- Gale, J., Chartrand, J.A.H., Fulton, A. and Laughlin, B., 1997. The Mull Hill Tomb. In: Darvill, T., ed. Billown Neolithic Landscape Project, Isle of Man, 1996. Poole and Douglas, Isle of Man: School of Conservation Sciences, Bournemouth University and Manx National Heritage, 52-58.
- Cheetham, P. and Gale, J., 2007. Evaluating prehistoric barrow cemeteries on the chalk downlands of east Dorset. In: The Annual Conference for Archaeologists, The Institute of Field Archaeologists 2-4 April 2007 University of Reading.
- Gale, J., 2005. The Application of Integrated Geophysical Techniques at Two Roman Settlements in Sicily: Some Lessons Learnt. In: 6th International Conference on Archaeological Prospection 14-17 September 2005 National Research Council (CNR) Rome.
- Hayley Roberts. Perceptions of Prehistory: an investigation into the archaeology of a prehistoric landscape and the role and significance of community engagement in their subsequent management and understanding
Profile of Teaching PG
- Recording and Understanding Archaeological Landscapes
- Archaeological Field Investigation
Profile of Teaching UG
- Archaeological Practice
- Practical Skills
- Post-Excavation Analysis
- Field Research - Archaeology
- 2014b. 20th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists. 10-14 September 2014. ITU, Istanbul, Turkey. Paper: T Darvill, F Lüth, J Gale and M Allen “Maltese Temple Landscape Project”.
- Perceptions of Prehistory (Heritage Lottery Fund and Bournemouth University, 06 Jan 2014). In Progress
- University of the Highlands and Islands, External Panel member on programme validation (2012-)
- BA (Hons) in Archaelogy (Nottingham University, 1986)
- International Society of Archaeological Geophysics, Member (2003-),
- Lithics Studies Society, Member (1986-),
- Institute of Field Archaeologists (AIFA), Associate (1985-),