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Dr Ashley Lingle

Dr Ashley Lingle

Lecturer in Conservation

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

+44 (0)29 2087 0076
John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU


Ashley Lingle is a conservator with interests in archaeological materials, natural history collections, digital preservation, preventative conservation, sustainable conservation practice, and community outreach.

She lectures at Cardiff on the BSc and MSc programs in conservation. She was Head of Conservation for the Çatalhöyük Research Project from 2012 to 2020. Her PhD from Cardiff University focused on the use of aqueous polymers on archaeological earthen substrates. She holds a MA and MSc from University College London in conservation. She has a BA in anthropology from Tulane University in the United States.










  • Lingle, A., Dell'Unto, N., Doyle, S., Killackey, K., Meskell, L., Parkes, P. and Tung, B. 2015. Chapter 28 - Painted plaster head. In: Haddow, S. ed. Çatalhöyük 2015 Archive Report. Turkey: Çatalhöyük Research Project, pp. 275-289.


With the current global focus on sustainability and renewability, I would argue there has never been a greater need for conservation education. Conservation education lends itself to the application of student-centered pedagogy focusing on individual skills and practices that enable lifelong learning and independent problem-solving. The theoretical base of conservation and the basic tenets of the field are relevant far beyond the heritage sector. Conservation outreach and diachronic approaches to conservation within heritage are critical elements in discussions of identity, value, materiality, and sustainability. While one of the key things that attracted me to conservation was the ability to use scientific understanding across a broad range of heritage materials, I have a keen interest in teaching the preservation of organic and archaeological materials. I also genuinely enjoy teaching practical conservation projects, which I have done both in the field and at Cardiff University.

Through my experiences as a conservation professional, I have been fortunate to themes of exploring reflexive practice and digital innovations. As head of conservation at Çatalhöyük, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, I developed enthusiasm for reflexive conservation practice and applications of digital preservation. My work with earthen architecture has afforded me the opportunity to explore both of these research interests. Thinking about how conservators critically evaluate interventions and adapt treatments to evolving contexts is central to sound conservation practice. Analytical tools are key to gauging treatment perceptions to actualized outcomes; one extension of this tools set is growing field of digital preservation. In my work I have found that blending these two interests has given me insight into the gap between laboratory ideals and implementation of materials in conservation practice.


Schotsmans, E., Busacca, G., Benisson-Chapman, L., Lingle, A., Milella, M., Tibbetts, B., Tsoraki, C.,Vasić, M.,Veropoulidou, R. (Fourthcoming). The colour of things. Pigments and colours in Neolithic Çatalhöyük. In: Communities at Work: the making of Çatalhöyük edited by Hodder and Tsoraki (eds). British Institute at Ankara Monograph Series

Lingle, A., Seifert, J., Baranski, M., Betz, B., Bucacca, G., Haddow, S., Issavi, J., Tung, B., Vasic, M., Wolfhagen, J. (Fourthcoming). Integrating conservation in practice at Çatalhöyük, an inter-team perspective. In: Communities at Work: the making of Çatalhöyük edited by Hodder and Tsoraki (eds). British Institute at Ankara Monograph Series

Lingle, A (Fourthcoming). Conservation at Çatalhöyük: Reflections on Practice. In: Çatalhöyük Excavations, The 2009-2017 Seasons. Hodder (ed). British Institute at Ankara Monograph Series

Campiani, A., Lingle, A., Lercari, N. (2021) A Diversified Approach to Earthen Architecture Conservation: Digital Site Monitoring and Spatial Analysis At Çatalhöyük. In Lercari, N., Wendrich, W., Porter, B., Burton, M. and T.E. Levy (eds.), At-Risk Heritage in a Digital Age. Equinox Publishing, UK

Schotsmans, E., Busacca, G., Benisson-Chapman, L., Lingle, A., Milella, M., Tibbetts, B., Tsoraki, C.,Vasić, M.,Veropoulidou, R. (September 2020). Pigment use in Neolithic Çatalhöyük. Journal of Near Eastern Archaeology (83) N.3

Lingle, A. and Henderson, J. (2020) Preserving the Archaeological Archive. Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology 2nd edition. Simth, C. (ed). Springer

Henderson, J., Lingle, A. (March 2020). Preventive Conservation on Archaeological Sites: UK Policy and Practice. Journal of Chinese Cultural Heritage.

Campiani, A., Lingle, A., Lercari, N. (2019) Spatial analysis and heritage conservation: Leveraging 3-D data and GIS for monitoring earthen architecture, Journal of Cultural Heritage

Schotsmans, E. M. J., Toksoy‐Köksal, F., Brettell, R. C., Bessou, M., Corbineau, R., Lingle, A. M., Bouquin, D., Blanchard, P., Becker, K.  Castex, D., Knüsel, C. J., Wilson, A. S., and Chapoulie, R. (2019) ‘Not All That Is White Is Lime’—White Substances from Archaeological Burial Contexts: Analyses and Interpretations. Archaeometry.

Henderson, J. and Lingle, A. (2018) Preventative Conservation in Archaeological Sites. In Varela, S. (ed). The Encyclopedia of Archaeological Sciences, Wiley-Blackwell

Lingle, A. (2015) “Conservation Practices on Archaeological Excavations: Principles and Methods – Book Review” Journal of the Institute of Conservation, 39(1), pp. 68–69

Lingle et al. (Multiple) Conservation Archive Report. Çatalhöyük Archive Report. 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 (

Lingle, A. and Singleton, V. (2011) “New Parts for an Old Bear.” IIC News in Conservation No. 24, June 2011