Mark Sapwell

Mark Sapwell – Editor

Experienced editor for history, art, and natural history nonfiction. I have a PhD in archaeology and work as a Commissioning Editor.


Over my five years as a Commissioning Editor at Thames & Hudson, I acquired and developed non-fiction books on archaeology and ancient history, working with some top archaeology authors such as Colin Renfrew, Brian Fagan, and Mike Coe. I moved into publishing after completing a PhD in archaeology at Cambridge. My favourite aspect of academic research was always telling a powerful story, so I love helping authors develop a strong, compelling narrative that speaks to readers.

I work with authors from their very first book proposal, to developing their book structure and first drafts, right down to copy-editing polished manuscripts.

Art Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences History Law LGBTQ Non-Fiction Life Sciences Nature Philosophy
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Thames & Hudson

Nov, 2015 — Present

Commissioning and developing higher education textbooks in archaeology and ancient history for an international readership.
- Directing and collaborating with project editors, designers, and picture researchers to ensure all elements of each book follow market demand.
- Developing market knowledge by visiting campuses in UK and US, attending academic conferences.
- Advising on and commissioning trade archaeology, history and ancient history books.

McGraw-Hill Education

Mar, 2015 — Oct, 2015 (7 months)

- Developing content for key HE textbooks, ensuring the projects are leading the market for their design, accessibility, coverage and pedagogy.
- Forecasting the adoption of new titles as part of the textbook proposal process by initiating international market overviews and qualifying course-related details from academic institutions.
- Leading market development projects for textbooks, actioning feedback from key lecturers and course leaders.
- Managing the digital content of textbook titles, creating material including lecturer manuals, question banks, and supplements for Online Content Libraries, Virtual Learning Environments, and e-books.
- Demonstrating to course leaders the benefits of using digital content in teaching by guiding them through McGraw-Hill’s learning environment Connect and its adaptive learning suites Learnsmart and Smartbook.


Jan, 2013 — Mar, 2015 (about 2 years)

- Managing author relationships and manuscript submission timelines for a front-list of 68 books, including monographs, supplementary texts, and handbooks.
- Commissioning monographs in law research, involving initiating and maintaining contacts with potential authors, guiding authors through proposal process and proposing books to publishing Editorial Board.
- Managing and commissioning research monographs within the 'Biomedical Law and Ethics Library' series.
- Initiating market research projects to explore new commissioning opportunities in academic subjects.
- Coordinating peer review process for book proposals, and relaying appropriate feedback to authors.


Why Archaeology Matters Today An exciting and much anticipated new archaeology title written by titan Brian Fagan and journalist Nadia Durrani, Bigger than History introduces students to archaeology’s contributions to many of today’s important debates of inter... read more
The Active Archaeology Notebook offers effective and fun activities for the archaeology classroom. Conceived by a team of instructors from the SAA Curriculum Committee under the direction of Leah McCurdy (University of Texas at Arlington), every activity has b... read more
The art of the Roman empire, in social and political context This new survey makes sense of Roman art by placing works in their full historical context―showing students not only how but also why art was used in Roman society and politics (such as wealthy Roman... read more
Art of Mesopotamia

Zainab Bahrani

This expert guide to the art of Mesopotamia, spanning more than 8000 years, is especially important as this ancient cultural legacy is threatened by contemporary conflictMesopotamia is considered the cradle of Western civilization, and the diverse societies th... read more
The law of armed conflict is a key element of the global legal order yet it finds itself in a state of flux created by the changing nature of warfare and the influences of other branches of international law. The Routledge Handbook of the Law of Armed Conflict... read more
This book explores the scope, application and role of medical law, regulatory norms and ethics, and addresses key challenges introduced by contemporary advances in biomedical research and healthcare. While mindful of national developments, the handbook support... read more
The Routledge Handbook of International Human Rights Law provides the definitive global survey of the discipline of international human rights law. Each chapter is written by a leading expert and provides a contemporary overview of a significant area within th... read more
European economies are now dominated by services, and virtually all companies view service as critical to retaining their customers today and in the future. In its third European edition, Services Marketing: Integrating Customer Focus across the Firm provides ... read more
An extensive update to the authoritative introduction to Mexico’s ancient civilizations.“Masterly. . . . The complexities of Mexico’s ancient cultures are perceptively presented and interpreted.” ?Library Journal“A must for anyone interested in archaeology and... read more
Archaeology for today’s student Retaining its hallmark concision and authoritative presentation of the most recent breakthrough discoveries, methods, and interpretations, the Fourth Edition sets a new standard for learning support. To provide even greater stud... read more
The most historical coverage and images, now more student friendly Praised for its beautiful visuals, use of primary sources, and coverage into the early medieval period, Ancient Rome, Third Edition now includes a more student-friendly approach. With new chapt... read more
The new gold standard in North American archaeology This highly anticipated revision delivers thoroughly updated coverage of sites and discoveries in a new, streamlined format. While retaining Brian Fagan’s hallmark, story-telling style, the Fifth Edition prov... read more
A comprehensive and indispensable guide to world prehistory, now completely updatedThe Human Past has established itself as a thorough and authoritative survey of human prehistory and the development of civilizations. Written by an international team of respec... read more
An introduction to archaeology that helps students think like archaeologistsMethods can be difficult to teach in the classroom, with many instructors struggling to devise practical ways to help students understand how archaeologists work. Principles of Archaeo... read more
An extensively illustrated introduction to ancient Greek historyAncient Greece: A New History is a new, single-authored survey of the ancient Greek world that brings the past to life with a fresh narrative and vivid images. Drawing on the latest archaeological... read more
Visually stunning, now with wider context This is the text that set a new standard in its field with striking visuals, fascinating reconstructions, accessible prose, and coverage of the wider Greek world. The Second Edition extends student understanding of Gre... read more

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Ivana V.

Ivana V.

Oct, 2019

I cooperated with Mark 2 times already. Always helpful and really effective. For somebody like me who is not native English speaker it was big help.

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