Roberta Gilchrist is professor of Archaeology and Research Dean at the University of Reading. Her research focuses on medieval and social archaeology, with particular focus on gender and belief. She has completed major studies of Glastonbury Abbey and Norwich Cathedral and published widely on the archaeology of gender and the life course. Her research has been funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy and English Heritage. She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2008.