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Professor Chris Gosden FBA

Professor of European Archaeology

Professorial Fellow


I am a Professor in European Archaeology and a Professorial Fellow of Keble College. I teach students in the Archaeology and Anthropology degree and supervise graduate students within the College. I am an active participant in the Creativity Cluster of college's Advanced Studies Centre.

Research Interests

  • Human links with the material world, the long term history of creativity, intelligence, the emotions, and aesthetics;
  • the archaeology of colonisation in the recent past, as well as in older periods such as the setting up of the Roman empire;
  • late Prehistoric periods in Europe from the late Bronze Age to AD 400. Celtic art and other aspects of material culture;
  • issues of identity, especially what it means to be English;
  • the history of museums, their collections, archaeology and anthropology as disciplines.

Recent Publications

  • Pollard, A.M., Bray, P.J. and Gosden, C., 'Is there something missing in scientific provenance studies of prehistoric artefacts?' in Antiquity, 88 (2014), 625-31
  • Garrow, D. and Gosden, C., Technologies of Enchantment:Exploring Celtic Art 400 BC to AD 100 (OUP, 2012)
  • Garrow, D., Gosden, C., Hill, J.D., and Bronk Ramsey, C., 'Dating Celtic Art: A major radiocarbon dating programme of Iron Age and Early Roman metalwork in Britain' in Archaeological Journal, 166 (2010), 79-123
  • Cunliffe, B., Gosden, C. and Joyce, R., The Oxford Handbook of Archaeology (OUP, 2009)
  • C. Gosden, 'Social ontologies' in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 363 (2008), 2003-2010
  • Gosden, C, Larson, F and Petch, A, Knowing Things : exploring the collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum 1884-1945 (Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • Edwards, E, Gosden, C and Phillips, R (eds), Senisble Objects : material culture, colonialism, museums (Berg, Oxford, 2006)
  • Gosden, C, Robson, E and Treadwell, L, Who Owns Objects? (Oxbow Books, Oxford, 2006)
  • Gosden, C., Archaeology and Colonialism (Cambridge University Press, 2004)
  • DeMarrais, E C, Gosden, C and Renfrew, C, Rethinking Materiality : the engagement of mind with the material world (McDonald Monograph Series, Cambridge, 2004)
  • Gosden, C., Prehistory : A very short introduction (Oxford University Press, 2003)
  • Gosden, C and Knowles, C, Collecting colonialism : material culture and colonial change in Papua New Guinea (Berg, Oxford, 2001)
  • Gosden, C, Archaeology and Anthropology : a changing relationship (Routledge, London, 1999)
  • Gosden, C, Social Being and Time : an archaeological perspective (Blackwell, Oxford, 1994)

Academic Biography

  • Professor of European Archaeology (2006 - present)
  • University Lecturer in World Archaeology and Curator of Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. Fellow of St Cross College. (1994 - 2006)
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Archaeology, La Trobe University (1992 - 1993)
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Archaeology and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University (1991)
  • Visiting Lecturer, Department of Archaeology, Southampton University (1990)
  • Lecturer, Department of Archaeology, La Trobe University (1986 - 1992)

College Contact Details

Professor Chris Gosden FBA
Keble College
Telephone: +44(0)1865-278240
Fax: +44(0)1865-278254

Faculty/Dept. Information

School of Archaeology
36 Beaumont Street